Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Variety of Flowers (and other living things)

A walk around the farm reveals quite a few types of flowers, many of which are for sale at the stand, as well as a few other varieties of living things.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Reader Question: The Origins of Barberry Hill Farm

Kingsley's Uncle Bronson, at the Madison Beach Club location, 1910

Dear Kelly and Kingsley,
Every time I pick up my CSA, I wonder about the history of Barberry Hill Farm. How did it start?  Thanks, and I loved my tomatoes! 

That's a great question.  Barberry Hill Farm has been in our family since it was built back in 1909.

Kingsley's great uncle, Henry Warren Goddard was a circuit court judge in New York City.  As a little boy, he and his five brothers and one sister had summered in Madison in the mid 1800's.

Just after the turn of the century, he bought this property, while his brother Ralph Goddard bought the property across the street.  They both built summer and weekend homes.   When Henry Warren Goddard died, Kingsley's father, Richard Mason Goddard Jr.. bought it from Henry's widow.

While it has been a gentleman's farm, Barberry Hill Farm was evolved into a working farm by Kingsley when his father died in 1987.

Here are some family photographs of the farm and Madison from the early days.   

Our Driveway
The Barns
The original caretaker who lived in the farmer's cottage.
The Farmer's Cottage
The Farm Dog
The Maid

Middle Beach Road

Kingsley's Father, A Great Fisherman

"The Kite"

"The Florence"

Kingsley's Grandfather and Great Uncle in "The Florence"

Picnicking on Tuxis Island

Enjoying Madison

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Harbinger of Summer

Foxglove...every year their purplish/pinkish flowers with speckled throats let me know that spring is indeed over, and summer has begun.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June Wedding at Barberry Hill Farm

Roosevelt Dime

Always delicious food catered by Jonathan Rapp and his crew from River Tavern

Wedding cake by Hen and Heifer

Wishing all the best to this incredible couple - Kris and Joe!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Prettiest Place In the Country

In the June/July 2016 issue of Farm and Ranch Living, Barberry Hill Farm was selected for their "Prettiest Place In the Country"article.
We are in direct competition with food conglomerates that source products from throughout the world.  Certainly we have conversations like, "No, I'm sorry, melons are not a spring crop" and "No, we do not grow lemons or any other citrus."
But many customers are looking for high-quality food and flowers that they can watch grow every time they drive by the farm to balance out what they buy in the chain stores. We provide that. 
- Kingsley Goddard, Quoted in Farm and Ranch Living