Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sugaring season

New England roads now are dotted with pails, this year put out earlier because of the warm winter.
Farmers who produce hundreds or thousands of gallons of maple syrup have necessarily adopted ever more elaborate equipment. But the process to make just enough syrup for a family (and maybe a few friends) is simple, satisfying, and does not require reverse osmosis.

Make sure the hole angled downward.


For sap to flow, the temperature has to be above freezing during the day but drop below freezing during the night.
One Drip at a Time
Under a Watchful Eye


Adding to the Supply

Straining Out Some Debris
Since the stove is going anyway (or use an outdoor setup)...
....evaporate away most of the water.
Enough to Last for Some of the Year.
Here is a recipe for Whole Wheat Pancakes:
  • 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup unprocessed wheat bran
  • 4 Tablespoons raw wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Turbinado sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
As well as our maple syrup, we use fresh milk from a local dairy farm and our own free range eggs. Then, we just put a small amount of butter a hot pan before each scoop of pancake batter goes in.
 

If it is maple sugaring season, it must also be lambing season!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Barberry Hill Farm Share, CSA, 2017, Now Accepting Enrollment


We don't need a reminder in the calendar to tell us when to start the processes for the 2017 CSA.  This time of year we start daydreaming of fresh fruits and vegetables, and the seed catalogs just start arriving. So:
  • We are now accepting enrollment in the Farm Share program for the 2017 season! Download the form by clicking here.






Welcome the New Year with a commitment to healthy eating.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Our Christmas Family Tradition

For the past fifty years we have harvested greens for wreaths and garland as well as our family Christmas tree from the fields of the farm.  Years ago, when Kingsley's father ran the farm, he planted Christmas trees.  Since then we have cut and pruned trees many times over.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thanks to everyone for all your wonderful support and votes!


Thanks for all your votes supporting our farm in the GreenerFieldsTogether, Cultivating Change Grant.   It is with all this support that we are one of the finalist and will know the outcome in January.  Fingers crossed!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Vote for Us to Get a Greener Fields Together Grant


We put together a grant and it got approved to be voted on by Greener Fields Together.  Now we need to show that we have community support.  Take a look at our grant on the voting page here:
When asked to login, just put in your name and email.  You can vote once a day.