Farm News, September 12, 2017

Farm News (Cue the Star Trek music…)  Apples … the final organic frontier.  These are the voyages of the organic Farm, Fort Hill.  Its continuing mission, to explore strange production techniques, to boldly go where few organic farms have gone before! I thought we would take some time today to talk about our attempts at…

Farm News, September 5, 2017

Farm News With Labor Day past us, and more cool weather in the forecast, it feels like we are putting summer in the rear view mirror.  Even so, September is one of the best months for locavores searching for veggies.  As the summer squash and cukes fade, winter squash appears.  Peppers and eggplant put on…

Farm News, August 29, 2017

Farm News The recent nippy nights have me thinking of fall about two weeks earlier than normal.  The weather this August, coupled with the cool spring, has a lot of people saying, “Is that all?” when the subject turns to summer.  Luckily, we have lots of tomato plants still putting out very delicious fruit in our…

Farm News, August 22, 2017

This week’s Farm News is brought to you by Fort Hill Farm Field Manager, Elliott McGann. If Elliott is not running around the farm, he just might be leading a 5K race or swimming with his aquatic gang. He clearly has a penchant for energetic pursuits! Elliott writes: This weekend I read a fantastic article…

Farm News, August 15, 2017

Farm News “Ode” to Crew Nowhere could the adage, “many hands make light work,” be truer than in farming. In the height of the summer, this farm produces vegetables that pass through 26 pairs of hands, including apprentices, field crew, market staff, and cashiers. Any farm that brings in 70 plus crop varieties, but whose…

Farm News, August 8, 2017

Farm News During the growing season, sometimes we feel like we are ruled by “the list” of tasks on the barn white boards. In August, the task lists start to tilt a bit more toward harvesting. Last week the big bulk harvest task was to bring in the onions. We’ve come to admit that we…

Farm News, August 1, 2017

Farm News This week’s Farm News is brought to you by Hannah Snyder-Samuelson, a Pennsylvania native who has spent quite some time in New England. We are thrilled to have Hannah back for a second season on the farm. Hannah writes: How can it be the end of July already? My second season at Fort…

Farm News, July 25, 2017

Farm News   The summer is really flying by, and as we approach the end of July, lots of great veggies coming in at the farm. The crew put in some tough hours in the heat last week, so the recent rains and cool, cloudy weather were a welcome relief. With the garlic crop safely…

Farm News, July 18, 2017

Farm News Summer is in full swing now at the farm. We’re wrapping up our first big, bulk harvest of the season. We plant just under half an acre of garlic, and last week as the foliage began to brown, we got ready for the harvest. First step is to find a spot to hang…

Farm News, July 11, 2017

Farm News  July is in full gear, and it’s all hands on deck. We are still transplanting the last of the corn, squash, cukes, and flowers, and weeding like crazy in between down pours. It’s been a challenge to get the cultivating tractors out in between all the rainstorms, since the soil surface needs to…