Archive for the "News" Category

  • Anonymous Gardening?

    There are hundreds of groups formed and hundreds more forming supporting sustainable agricultural practices.  It is not surprising to see corporate groups take the stance in order to promote their new products or provide a glossy sheen to their brand.  However, I was recently surprised to read the group aptly named Anonymous to have it as one of their core values. A group most of us know for being in the news for trying to hack into various websites and their campaign against the Church of Scientology, is promoting sustainable

  • Zucchinis the Size of Puppies Bread

    Has this happened to you? You have been visiting your garden on a daily basis checking in on the progress of all of your summer veges. You push back the leaves to find the cucumbers or zucchinis taking shape, but not yet ready to pick. The next day you visit and nearly stumble over a zucchini the size of a puppy. How did it get there? It was not there the day before. Was the garden visited overnight by some kind

  • Irene’s Wins and Losses

    Hurricane Irene could not have come at a worse time for farmers. Many summer crops are just a few weeks away from being ripe enough to pick. Pick now and have a sub-par produce to offer your customers. Pick later and face the potential of wind/rain damaged crops. Apple trees laden with fruit can easily break with high winds and heavy rain. Not only do you lose fruit, but also future crops due to tree damage. There are some crops ripe and ready to pick.

  • When Life Gives You Tomatoes, Make Roasted Tomato Soup

    Summer is ripe for well, um…ripe tomatoes. The first few warm ones off the vine are inevitably eaten fresh with just a tad bit of salt. It is not long before you are overwhelmed with more than you can slice for salads or sandwiches. Also, as sad as the thought may be, we need to think about the impending winter season. Here is a recipe I modified to blend all types of tomatoes for a great summer soup or freeze now for a future snowy winter evening.

  • Farm Fresh Zucchini Recipe

    Zucchini plants are now providing fruit in the north east. At first you may get one or two. The bounty very quickly gets a little overwhelming for these prodigious producers. Left unattended the zucchini can grow quite large and lose a lot of its flavor.  Pluck them off early for crispness.  Here is one "no cook" recipe you can whip up fairly quickly.  We use Italian zucchinis (they are the striped ones) because of their coloring and crisp texture.  Recipe is compliments of a friend from Italy. Ingredients: Two small

  • Tipping the scale at 4.46 Tons

    The NRRA (Northeast Resource Recovery Association) just gave us the weight of our scrap metal recycling project. We tipped the scales at 4.46 gross tons. A gross ton (also known as a long ton) is 2,240 pounds. This means we were able to rid the farm of almost 10,000 pounds of old appliances, car parts, venting chutes, bed frames and almost every other imaginable thing that could possibly be made of metal. The fields no longer have old refrigerators and stoves in a pile.

  • Finally a First Cut

    The weather has held us back from an earlier first cut of the hay, but we finally got there last week.  Russ and team were able to rake, bale and transport the hay to a dry place on Saturday just in time.  Rain on Sunday would have ruined all of that work if it was not gathered by then.  See a quick video of the baling the hay. Check out our Facebook page for more photos. If you are in the area and would like to

  • Are we there yet?

    We eagerly wait for the snow to melt in March. Vernal pools show up all over the place. April neatly puts those pools into smaller collective locations. May shows beautiful signs of lush green life like paint spilled onto the once white canvas. Now we play the waiting game. The first cut of hay on the farm (which is considered the richest for livestock) is all about timing. By the first week in June it is usually ready to be cut. There

  • What will it take you to visit?

    We finished our first roaming farmers market by the name of Agri-Fest. The goal was simple: get consumers out to the farms. The tactics of persuasion were numerous. Advertising: To make you aware. Listed in the four surrounding newspapers (two on front page) 1,000 brochures plastered in various locations Listing on many private websites Registered with four online farmers market listings Regular use of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter Attractions: To make it fun. Open barn with horse drawn carriage rides, shows, free food Ranch sorting event Door prizes Farming demonstrations Tonight all of the participating farmers will get together

  • Time to Make The List

    For much of the country, with all of this cold rainy weather it is hard to fathom walking down a crowded street lined by stalls of freshly picked vegetables and fruits or the taste of home baked goods as you seek out bench space under the shade of a nearby tree. Yes, it is Farmers Market season now which means much of food shopping can be purchased fresh by local sources. Grocery shopping becomes a social event. It is time to dust off those recipe books and