Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Cucumber, radish, mint and feta cheese recipe


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb cucumbers
  • 2 or 3 red radishes, thinly sliced
  • 10 young mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (more to taste)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

submitted by:  E. Reid



Friday, June 21, 2019

Reader Question: The Origins of Barberry Hill Farm (repost)

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 share box!  



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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Getting Ready for Market


For health, taste, and even skin tone, it is hard to beat fresh broccoli, spinach and lettuce, just hours out of the ground.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Around the Farm in June




Welcome to Summer (almost).  We have been busy, getting ready for our farm share community and farmstand.  We look forward to seeing our old CSA friends while making new ones, and for those who have not been by the farm, here a few recent photos.


Ursa guarding rows of carrots

Preparing fields for more planting

Heads of lettuce ready for picking





Cucumbers ready to go

Tomatoes ready in a couple of weeks

Julia, our farm intern from Germany
And the scent of climbing Hydrangea is everywhere

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dinners at the Farm, 2019


We are thrilled to welcome another year of hosting Dinners at the Farm with Jonathan Rapp and his incredible team at River Tavern, from July 24-27, 2019.  For more information and tickets, go to <http://www.dinnersatthefarm.com>.  Looking forward to seeing you here!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Spring to the Farm


CSA Members who visit the farm this time of year are amazed by the acceleration of activities.  Every day brings combinations of new growth, new projects, even new births.  These pictures from past years get us all excited to tackle the splendor and challenges of life on the farm.

And studies, such as the recent one that concluded "Bad diets are killing more people globally than tobacco" (quoted in The Guardian <https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/03/bad-diets-killing-more-people-globally-than-tobacco-study-finds>) make the work that much more meaningful.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

March, in like a Lion

Looks like the March Lion is chasing these again this year...


The original farmers cottage

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Barberry Hill Farm CSA 2019 Enrollment Open

This is the time of year...
...for farmers (and the rest of us) to think about seeds.

"Winter in the garden is the season of speculation, a time when the snow on the ground is an empty canvas that invites the idle planting and replanting of countless hypothetical gardens between now and spring thaw.  A season of speculation in the Wall Street sense too, for now is when large wagers of gardening time and space are made on the basis of mere scraps of information." - Michael Pollan, Second Nature
"The future of the human race will depend on combining the cleverness of science with the wisdom of nature." - Charles Linbergh 
"Seventeen thousand different varieties of wheat have been produced, many of them the result of centuries of cultivation in a specific ecosystem with the best seeds saved each year and planted the next   The variation in plant varieties is related to the variation in cultures from one bioregion to another." Bill Duesing, Living on the Earth
The darkest month of the winter is over.  A window of sun starts us thinking about warmer days.  And in many farmhouses right now, people are planning the acquisition of seeds.

We live in a world that now has the unparalleled capacity to produce vast amounts of mediocre products.  Food production has already been that way for the last thirty years or so.

But small farms provide alternative.  Many would rather pay more for real food than pay more for doctors (or restaurants).

Those who write their checks for their summer CSA/Farm Share this time of year understand that they literally are providing seed money.  And when farmers have a bit more resources earlier, they can buy a better selection for the season to come.

Heirloom and Local Seeds Need Less and Give More

Painfully separating the seeds from a flower which is almost impossible to buy in the quantity required for a farm.