Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Traditions

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 by the thousands with Kingsley's help.  Since then we have cut and pruned trees many times over.

Although we are no longer in the business of selling Christmas trees, we still harvest trees for family and friends.  We especially love it when we can sled to pick out the best tree.

Many of the same tools have been used for generations.

Wishing you the best of this family holiday and a fruitful New Year.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

New England Farm Wedding at Barberry Hill Farm

Congratulations to Lauren and Jared - it couldn't have been a more beautiful October day - we wish you both much happiness!

Photos courtesy of Lauren and Jared and Robin Dini 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Keeping Bees

It is the last feeding for the honeybees - they need 60 lbs. of food to make it through the winter.

Brent fills the pails in each hive with a sugar water mixture.

Some of the honeybees still searching over the lid of the pail from the previous feeding.

Optimistically, we will have our first extraction of honey the end of May.  This is the time of year where the honey will be a lighter color and milder flavor as a result of the plants blooming, such as dandelion and tree buds.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

En Plein Air Barberry Hill Farm

We have been honored once again by a visit from the Plein Air Painters.

It is a singularly unique experience to watch the life of the farm in season become immortalized.

Yet it is still impossible to capture the farm in movement.

A prize winning Blue Hubbard Squash...

Nate, our steadfast WWOOF intern, has become an old hand on the farm.

The art of life is in the doing.