Farm Update 10-16-21

I’d like to start this short update by once again thanking all of you for helping support the farm through another season. As I said in a prior update, I am planning on being back, doing this all again next year. This will also be the last regular update for the season, though I will be posting additional information about the Thanksgiving Turkeys in a few weeks.

If you are looking to get something from the farm, I still currently have Fresh Eggs, Frozen Whole Chickens, and Preserves available. The What’s Available page has already been updated to reflect this, and I will be adding more information about the Whole Chickens (specifically sizes) to the page shortly. If you’d like to get any of these please call or text, tell me what you’d like to get and when you can come by, and we’ll schedule your pick up. And no, you are not bothering me by asking to purchase items from the farm.

Meanwhile, the work on the farm is continuing, with the winding down of all regular operations and transitioning to clean up, and then repair, maintenance, and planning for next year. For those who are curious to know, a new home has already been arranged for the Laying Chickens. Half of them will be heading off to their new home this coming week, with the remainder going some time in early December.

For those who may not currently be on the mountaintop, peak leaf viewing time came and went very quickly (and somewhat earlier than usual) this year. There are still a good few places where you can see beautiful colors, but they are all at mostly lower elevations. As I had asked about and mentioned to quite a few people this summer, there are still almost no bear roaming around the area this year, even at the well-known apple tree hangouts.

That’s going to be it for this update, so my sincere THANKS to all of you. To everyone I did not get a chance to say this to in person – I hope you have a wonderful winter and spring.

Farm Update 10-07-21

The end is near… for the farm stand’s season, that is. This Sunday, the 10th of October is the last day the farm stand will be open for the 2021 season. After that there will still be Eggs (until early December), Preserves and Frozen Whole Chicken (until they run out) available by getting in touch with me to set up a pick up time.

There are still a few Thanksgiving Turkeys available for pre-order so please get in touch if you would like to order one. You can also chance it, and get in touch with me just before Thanksgiving to see if I have any extra ones for sale. For those of you who have pre-ordered, I will be posting more info in a couple of weeks when I get final conformation of processing dates and times.

Around the farm work has already shifted to clearing the field and preparing for winter’s arrival. After that will come the usual maintenance and repair work I have to do each year. In the meantime though, those of you who are flower lovers can still get Gladiolus.

Most of the types of Preserves are available, with a few running low at this point and the 8oz Strawberry already sold out until the spring. I think I’ll work on some other new types over the winter, so wish me luck in getting them right.

There will be Fresh Whole Chicken again this weekend, as well as frozen ones. After the stand closes I will be adding a section to the What’s Available page with a listing for the Frozen Whole Chicken sizes you can order.

And now to answer the question that ALWAYS comes up this time of year – Yes, I do plan to be operating the farm again next year. Let’s just hope the weather conditions are a little more amenable to actually growing things.

That’s it for now. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to those who have helped support the farm. Hope everyone has a great week.

Farm Update 09-30-21

Well, Wednesday morning saw the first frost on the farm, with the temps dropping to 34F. This is hardly unexpected this time of year, and is actually a bit later than has happened in the past. The cold has also really started to bring out the colors in the trees as the leaves turn (unless there is some major weather change it looks like peak foliage will be a bit early this year).

Reminder: The last day the farm stand will be open for the 2021 season is Sunday, October 10th.

After that date frozen Whole Chickens, Preserves, and Eggs may still be purchased by contacting me to schedule a pick up time. Chickens and Preserves will be available until sold out, and Eggs will be available until late November/early December. The preferred method for contacting me is by text at 518-728-9344, and let me know in advance what you are looking to get, how many of each item, and when you would be able to come by (my schedule is generally flexible).

The work on the farm is in the process of changing over to clean up, pulling irrigation, and prepping for winter.

I will be processing Broiler Chickens again this week, so there will be both fresh and frozen Whole Chicken available over the weekend. I have not had the time to make more of the 8oz Strawberry Preserves, though the 12oz are still available. Pumpkins and gourds are still available but selling quickly.

That’s all I can think of for this update. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and thanks again for helping support the farm.

Farm Update 09-23-21

I just realized during the middle of processing chickens, that I forgot to write the update this morning. Needless to say, this will be a shorter update and that there will be Fresh Whole Chickens this weekend.

Reminder, the farm stand will be closing for the season quite soon – Sunday, October 10th. After that date you can still contact me to see if I have frozen chickens, fresh eggs (I’ll be keeping the chickens until late Nov/early Dec), or Preserves, and arrange for a time to come by and get them.

Additionally, there are still some Fresh Thanksgiving Turkeys available for pre-order, so if you’d like to order one please come by the farm stand over the next couple of weekends.

I was able to make some more of the small Raspberry Preserves this week too.

The Gladiola are still doing well, and I will be keeping them at the reduced price again this week.

Don’t forget the Pumpkins and Gourds to decorate for Halloween.

And now it’s back to work. Have a great week.

Farm Update 09-16-21

There’s just going to be a short update this week. Please note that the last scheduled day the farm stand will be open is the Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend (Sun, Oct 10th). After that, you can just contact me to get Eggs, Preserves, and Frozen Chickens while available.

To match the changing of the leaves the farm moves firmly into the fall season, with Pumpkins and Winter Squash. There are still a good few Gladiola available (yeah, I know they are late), but they are beginning to slow and will be ending in the not-too-distant future.

Besides that, the laying chickens are demanding snacks all the time, the broiler chickens are eating me out of house and home, and the deer… well, they’ll get what’s coming to them very soon.

I will be working on getting more Strawberry-Rhubarb and Cherry Preserves done for this week, and hope to get the others done next week.

That’s it for now. Hope you all have a great day and week, and thank you so much for helping support the farm.

Farm Update 09-09-21

Welcome to the fall. Hope all of you had a nice summer and got to enjoy the nicer weather when it was here. From what I can see, it looks like fall will settle in rather quickly this year.

Since we are moving into the late part of the growing season I suppose I should clarify the schedule for the farm stand. As of now, the plan is to keep the stand open up to and including Columbus Day weekend, with the last regular day open being Sunday October 10th. I am thinking of doing a little something beyond that, but I’m not sure just yet, so keep an eye out for further updates in that regard.

As has been mentioned in prior updates, I am selling Fresh Thanksgiving Turkeys this year, which will be available starting the Saturday before Thanksgiving. If you would like to get additional information, or pre-order one, you can do so at the farm stand, or by getting in touch with me.

The weather has been less than cooperative this year, so there will be limited amounts of my own fall veggies. Pumpkins are not yet available, but they will be soon.

For the flower lovers out there, I have been able to keep the deer away long enough to cut a good few Gladiola. They should continue on for some time, provided I can keep the deer away, or until there is a frost.

The chickens are all doing well. I will have some Fresh Whole Chickens available this weekend and then there will be a gap of at least a week until the next batch are to size. I also have Frozen Whole Chicken available (most in the 5lb range).

Over the last two weeks there has been quite a run on Preserves, with several types selling out. I will be making more of the ones that have already sold out, including a second batch of Cherry Preserves, but I was unable to do so this week. I will take advance orders for Preserves if you are looking to stock up for over the winter.

That’s it for this update, and time for me to get back to work. Hope you all have a great day.

Farm Update 09-02-21

It’s going to be just another quick update this week. For the most part, work just keeps chugging along as we race through the last of summer and head into the fall.

I took the time to try digging some of the Russet Potato rows, just to see if there was anything there – there wasn’t. Late planting of both Red and Yukon Gold Potatoes are growing, but it will still be a few weeks before they are ready for harvest. Most of the other crops in the field are growing very slowly this year, or, like the Lettuce, are going straight to flower (like last year).

Gladiolus finally started blossoming, and I have been picking them out of the field as quick as I can so the deer don’t get them. I should have a good few for this coming weekend, along with some Sunflowers.

I’m going to try to make some more Strawberry Preserves in the smaller jars today, as I think there is only one left right now. Sales of preserves were quite a bit more brisk last week than I anticipated, as people began stocking up for the winter. Even if I don’t get to make them this week, I will be making more before the end of the season.

Also in anticipation of people buying extra to store for the winter, there will be a large number of Fresh Whole Chickens available this weekend. Please also note that I am selling Fresh Whole Turkeys for Thanksgiving this year and still have a few left for pre-order. Please ask for additional details about the Turkeys.

That’s it for this update. Hope you all have a great day, week, and remainder of summer.

Farm Update 08-26-21

There’s not much different from last week, so this will be an extremely short update.

The hurricane remnants dumped far too much rain, again flooding sections of the field. A single deer managed to get into the field, decimating the Snap Pea, String Bean, and Pepper plants, and then for dessert moved onto and ate all the Gladiolus flower stems that were finally about to open. The Potato Beetles, while finally under some semblance of control, finished off the last of the Russet Potatoes. I’ll be trying to dig the rows to see if there are any there after the ground dries for a few days.

For those of you wondering, these are the worst growing conditions I’ve had to deal with.

So I can end this on a positive note, I finally got a chance to make the long-promised Cherry preserves, and there will be fresh Whole Chicken this week.

Have a great day.

Farm Update 08-12-21

This week’s update can be summed up as follows: Deer, Beetles and Bugs, and Weather – They all suck.

Seriously though, there have been some rather interesting challenges this season, and they don’t seem to be letting up. Still, work on the farm continues, and I do what I can to keep it all running.

From the title above it should be obvious there are some serious issues going on this season. The Potato Beetle infestation is the worst I have ever seen and is only just starting to turn the corner. I have been spraying every 2 – 3 days to get them under some semblance of control, and while it’s slowly working, more beetles arrive every day from parts unknown. Needless to say, I have no idea at this point what I will actually be able to harvest in the way of Potatoes. Other crops are coming along, albeit slowly.

I was able to get a bunch of Local Orchard stuff this week, including Apricot, Red Plums, and 1 box of Honeycrisp Apples (more varieties should be available next week). Please be sure to check the What’s Available page for the up-to-date list of what I’m picking and bringing in for the stand.

The chickens are doing fine. One of the hens produced the largest Jumbo egg I have ever seen this week. It weighed 4.29oz, which is equivalent to 2 average-size Large eggs. It was so big it wouldn’t fit in the cartons, so I did what I had to do. It was delicious.

That’s all for now. Hope you all have a great week, and thanks again for helping support the farm.

Farm Update 08-05-21

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer. Work on the farm continues, with an eye toward the approaching fall. For those who were not in the area, there was a good bit of a cold spot that passed through. The temps dropped considerably for a couple of days, and the low temp reached 41F here on the farm, with others in the area telling me they had localized temps down to 37F.

The crops in the field are growing okay, not great. The weather in general has been the biggest hindrance in having more veggies ready than I currently do. For those who already checked it, on the What’s Available page you will see that I was able to harvest a very small amount of Red Grape Tomatoes. And I do mean a small amount. Hopefully it’s a sign that I’ll be able to start harvesting more on a regular basis, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I’ll also be picking some Snap Peas this week.

There is one specific issue that I wanted to address separately from the rest of the crop news. As some of you know, I have been dealing with a massive infestation of Colorado Potato Beetles. These pests are around every year, but usually in small numbers that I can handle with the natural-based insecticides I typically use. This year, they have been are here by the thousands. Normally, they’d show up, I’d spray, and it would be fine. This year the numbers showing up are in the thousands. I’d spray, knock the population down, and then with a couple of days there would be even more of them. I don’t know why, and frankly don’t care anymore. They have devastated about 70% of the Potato crop and started moving about the field. Finally reaching the line in the sand, I invoked the nuclear option, and am currently spraying the Potatoes with two of the less bad synthetic pesticides (rapid breakdown, limited plant interaction and uptake) in alternating cycles (along with the natural fungal-based treatment), and will unfortunately have to continue to do so until this problem is under control. This operation is currently limited to the Potatoes, and should it change, proper notice will be made.

The chickens are all doing well. I will have Fresh Whole Chicken available this week, along with frozen birds.

I got another batch of honey from Mickle Hollow Maple & Honey this week, so all the types will be available at the stand. I also placed an order with them for Creamed Honey (something they make only in limited amounts), and should be able to have it in a few weeks.

Sales of preserves have been brisk, and consequently, people are asking if I am running short. The answer is not yet, and if necessary will be making more in a few weeks to meet the demand for the fall.

I’m pretty sure there was something else I meant to include with this update, but cannot think of what it was, so this will have to do for now. Hope you all have a great week.