Got a question or want to see if it’s already been asked, then this is the place.
Q: Do you sell wholesale/to local restaurants?
A: I am not currently taking on any wholesale customers, and there are no restaurants to which I regularly sell crops.
Q: Do you grow all the produce that you sell?
A: Not any more. After asking regular customers over the course of the summer (2018), and due to a number of crops not growing well again this year (2018), I decided to go ahead and bring in some outside crops to both fill in for what I was unable to grow and also add to the available selection of items. Things I bring in will be clearly marked on the tag, with either the term “Locally Grown” for items gotten within a regional radius, or they will be marked with their place of origin. Please note that any items I bring in should be considered conventionally grown.
Q: Do you/will you grow Pot?
A: No. It doesn’t make any difference to me what NY state decides, I have no plans to grow it. Please stop asking.
Q: Do you really work 7 days a week?
A: Yes, from early March to late December I work 7 days per week, with a normal workday starting at 5am and finishing around 9-10pm. Just because the stand is closed doesn’t mean I’m off, and just because you can’t see me or what I’m doing doesn’t mean I’m not working.
Q: Who makes the preserves you are selling?
A: I do. I received my NY State Dept. of Ag & Markets authorization to produce selected items on the farm back in early March 2017. The preserves are all small batch, lower sugar recipes of my own, made with 4 ingredients each (fruit, sugar, lemon juice, and pectin), and no added water. The recipes generally produce slightly softer jams, as this is my own preference. There are currently 9 types. Please check the What’s Available page for current listings.
Q: Do you allow U-Pick of any crops?
A: Due to a change in insurance underwriters I now have the ability to offer U-Pick, although I have not yet determined what will be offered this way. Please check the News & Info and/or What’s Available pages to see if any U-Pick are currently available.
Q: Do you do all this by yourself? (or) How many employees do you have?
A: Occasionally, family might assist with a project that I simply can’t do alone, and, should it come to it, I have been graciously offered assistance by a number of neighbors. However, I run the farm pretty much all by myself, and do not currently have any employees.
Q: How late into the fall will you stay open?
A: The plan is to keep the stand open for as long as possible, most likely until the end of October, or when I no longer have enough products to sell as a result of a hard freeze.
Q: How long will you have crop “X”?
A: Crop availability is dependent on the type, the weather, the number of plantings, and other factors such as insects and fungal problems. I will try to keep as many crops going for as long as I can, and will refer everyone to the What’s Available page for current listings.
Q: When will the produce be ready?
A: As silly as it may sound, it will be ready when it’s ready. Mother Nature dictates most of the timing. Please check the Crop Seasons page to get an idea of timing and the What’s Available page to see what’s ready right now.
Q: Will you be offering CSA shares?
A: The short answer is no. The longer answer is, I don’t really believe in charging people for things they have not, and may not receive, so I have a hard time thinking this is a good idea. What may happen instead is value packages of produce will be put together in advance for purchase at the stand. Information about this will be available in the News & Info section.
Q: Are you hiring?
A: We are not hiring at this time.
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Do you remember what it was called Mountain Mradow Farm? I was up there all the time when I was a kid and teenager. It was a Little resort that that was rented out weekly for the summer. Great place.
My Husband has planted potatoes up here in the mountain top for 40 years+
He fights the potato Beatles every year.
He has never a chemical that gets rid of them, he actually hand picks them off everyday and puts them in a far with dawn dish soap and water( kills them)
I was at your farm today with my sister and nephew and grabbed some basil. I’m making a delicious cous cous salad with it thanks to you. Glad we found your farm and hope to visit again soon! Hope the rest of your growing season is successful. Be well!
Hi Anne. Thanks very much for coming by the farm. And as you said, I hope the rest of the season will go well too.
Love your flowers. I got one of the last bunches of the wild flowers last weekend and they are still good. So sorry season is ending. Looking forward to next year. Catch up on your sleep during the next few months.
Take care — Barbara Maichin
Hi Barbara. Thanks very much. Glad I was able to get you those flowers. And I really am looking forward to getting some rest.
Will you ship prserves? Bought some yesterday and I love 2 hrs away. I don’t think it will last long. I hope so. Thanks Chris!
Hi Lizz. I’m happy to hear the preserves are good enough for you to ask this question. Under my current licensing and applicable laws, I am only able to ship my preserves within NY state. Please contact me directly through the farm’s email email@example.com and I will be happy to assist you.
Will you be open Thursday, the 4th?
Hi Tara. Yes, the farm stand will be open on the normal schedule, which is 10am – 6pm on the 4th.
That sure is one pretty site you have there. Can I ask you a very simple question? What kind of fertilizer do you use to make it grow so wonderfully?
Thanks very much.
A simple question, with a complex answer, unless you’re asking about the brands I use, so I’ll just give you the basics as trying to explain all the usages would stretch out to a post that would in some cases be a day-by-day recounting of an entire seasons growth cycle. I currently use 14 different fertilizers and soil amendments, split between organic, conventional, and water-soluble, as well as plant-based compost. They are used at different times, for different purposes, during different growth phases and weather conditions, with some being used only on specific crops.
If there are more specific questions you have about individual crops, please send me an email and I’ll do my best to answer.
Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects? Thank you!
Hi Alease. Please forgive the delay in replying, and I’m happy to hear you enjoy the updates. Unfortunately, regarding your question, I don’t really have any suggestions for you. I have so little time that the only other farm blogs I even get a chance to look at are ones discussing a specific topic on which I need more information. As far as websites/forums go, one that I find very useful is backyardchickens.com due to the variety of topics they cover and suggestions they make on the forum. I do know there are also quite a few small farms that post videos to YouTube, but I’m not sure if that fits your request. If I come across any really interesting ones I’ll post an additional reply with sites I think are worth visiting. Thanks again for visiting the site.
I am a neighbor on Harra Rd-off Scribner, Just hope you have more of the Strawberry jam this year as IT was a hit! Can’t wait for fresh eggs! Hope you have a better spring this year.
Hi Chris. It’s your neighbor Peter from across the stream. It was good to meet you and I look forward to some great produce in the near future.