Thursday, October 17, 2019

Plein Air Painters

The Madison Plein Air Painters came to visit Barberry Hill Farm - capturing the colors and beauty of a New England Autumn.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Life Imitating Art


A farm stand customer brought this painting by the other day for us to view...given it is circa 1940's, I would say we are life imitating art.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Kayla's Kale Chips Recipe



Kayla’s Kale Chips
Ingredients:
  • A bunch of kale (enough to cover 2 sheet trays)
  • A couple drizzles of olive oil (lemon or basil olive oil works well too)
  • Paprika
  • Garlic salt
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Wash kale, dry really well and tear into medium pieces (remove thick stems)
  3. Drizzle olive oil on kale in a big bowl (enough so most leaves are lightly coated) and toss
  4. Toss paprika and garlic salt with the kale
  5. Spread kale out on 2 sheet trays and make sure they are not overlapping
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until crispy
You can experiment with different spices too! We also like to use cumin and curry sometimes.

Enjoy!
Kayla


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Honey Jars


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

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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



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

Friday, February 1, 2019

Dinners at the Farm, August 5-8


We will again be hosting Dinners at the Farm this year - and reservations have already started booking up fast.  For ticket information, click on this link:

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.