Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Autumn in New England

Pictures from over the years of Barberry Hill Farm support the BBC's premise that New England in Autumn is one of Earth's Greatest Spectacles

“[One of] three of the most seasonally changeable landscapes on earth...,  New England is the stage for the most incredible colour change... when the vivid greens of summer give way to the golds and reds of autumn.”
- BBC's Earth's Greatest Spectacles <http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0702q6p>



Sunday, October 7, 2018

Plum Jam for This Season's Final CSA Pickup

A Serving Suggestion
What happens when you combine plums with bay leaves, coriander, cider vinegar, sugar, orange zest, salt, and ancho chiles?  If you ask our resident intern, Hadyn Coxen, the answer is plumb jam with as much savory as sweet.  Barberry Hill Farm's CSA members will get a jar to taste for themselves at this week's pickup, to mark the last of the season.   

A variation of this recipe is in the cook book, A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories by Renee Erickson.

Monday, October 1, 2018

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

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Farm Wedding Prep


Wedding season is in full swing and it was another bustling Saturday as preparations were made for 250 guests.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Honey Jars


First extraction of honey this season has us busy filling jars - you can find the jars at our farm stand.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Dinners At The Farm, August 8 - 11

On the last days of July, it is easy to feel that summer will never end.  But on the first days of August, there is the realization that it will, and likely soon.  There is a seemingly paleolithic temptation, not fought, to feast on fresh foods, the casual company of friends, and warm weather activities. In this spirit, we will gather under the stars for our 12th annual Dinners At The Farm series beginning on August 8th and continuing through August 11th.  To join us go to Dinnersatthefarm.com and reserve your tickets.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018

Farm Fresh


Visitors to our farm stand and farm share members comment on the tenderness and freshness of what we provide.  You can make a salad for dinner from greens that were in the ground that morning.  And the difference between that and what is available at the supermarket feels like an entirely different food.

Picking vegetables is just one of the things that keep us busy this time of year.  Here are some others:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Foxglove - the Harbinger of Summer

Foxglove has always been the calendar for announcing summer.  Being a biennial, the surprise comes in guessing where we will see it growing from year to year.   Foxglove can grow in the pastures where the sheep graze, as they would never eat this poisonous beauty.



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Greenhouse Green


This has been a cool spring. Earth day (April 22), a convenient annual reference point, usually marks a time when our hands are almost always in the rich soil.  But the weather of 2018 has required plants stay in the greenhouse longer to get bigger and hardier, and most around here have not yet left.

Regardless, there is a green of new growth that is unlike anything else.  It is beautiful to look at, of course, but the tender leaves introduce the classic dilemma of when - in the plants' growth - is the right time to harvest them. 



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day, 2018


The weather finally improved, just in time for Earth Day.  The farm is a hive of activity, and the actual bees should be returning any day now.  And as always, we encourage our Farm Share members to stop by, ask questions about the upcoming season, and say hi to the animals.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dinners At The Farm August 8-11, 2018


Thrilled to be hosting Dinners again this year - the food is incredible and the atmosphere is magic - come join us!  It sells out fast, so reserve your place soon - click here for reservations.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Rainy Day in the Coop and Greenhouse

On a recent rainy day, we had the good fortune of welcoming Winter Caplanson from Connecticut Food and Farm.  She was here photographing us for her series #RuralRouteSpring - look for her beautiful pictures @connfoodandfarm















Looking forward to seeing you again soon (Summer?)  Winter Caplanson - thank you!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Around the Farm


Around the farm in early April, signs of life are everywhere as we ramp up for the 2018 growing season.