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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Time, Measured With Leaves

January
 Sometimes time is measured with stop watches, or clocks.  Sometimes by the position of the sun.  And sometimes around the farm, time is just measured with leaves.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Madison Plein Air Painters

The night may have produced below freezing temperatures, but undaunted, the Madison Plein Air Painters were here early morning to paint the frosty fields.






Our winter work has begun.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October


"After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with a mellow warmth…the Maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch.  The Oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze.  The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet.  Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her…In October any wonderful thing might be possible."  - Elizabeth George Speare

Friday, September 23, 2016

Summer Weddings at Barberry Hill Farm

Autumn has officially arrived but here's a look back at some Summer Weddings on Barberry Hill Farm.

Taylor and Julian
photos courtesy of Ely Brothers Photography


Friday, September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Last(ish) CSA of the Season - a couple more weeks


Today's CSA, from our wonderful members picking up their shares to the color of the produce we pulled out of the ground, reminds me why and how much I will miss the 2016 summer CSA.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pistou Soup Recipe

Our Farm Stand
I decided to make some pistou soup today.  As with so many dishes, the fresher the vegetables the better.

And this is the recipe I gave for the Connecticut Farm to Table Cookbook. Learn more here: <http://www.connecticutfarmtablecookbook.com>. 
Or order it here: 


Monday, August 15, 2016

View from the Field - DATF 2016

Five lovely evenings of Dinners at the Farm.  Over 200 guests each night enjoyed delicious food prepared by Jonathan Rapp and his crew from River Tavern.



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Dinners at the Farm Prep


We are so excited for the upcoming Dinners at the Farm, August 10th through 14th.  Here are some behind the scenes prep shots from past years.


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
  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bee Hive Intervention

Nephrology Researcher by Day;  Entomologist/Bee Keeper in his Spare Time. 
This has not been a great decade for bees.
And one person noted that some lilac bushes - that every other year had attracted hundreds or thousands of bees - have been completely quiet so far this year.