Monday, February 1, 2016

Highlights from 2015

Brussles Sprouts in fall!

We took our apples to Sharon Orchards to have them pressed for cider.

Finally a great season of delicious!

Jessica at the Gloversville Farmers Market

Our market stand at the Cooperstown Farmers Market

Our market stand at the indoor Delmar Farmers Market
Beets in the greenhouse in early spring

Our team of interns for 2015: Shaun, Matt and Johnny

Sugar snap peas in the spring

The squash alter

Clemens now owns an additional 30 acres across the hedgerow from our main field. The view is quite amazing!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What's in the works this winter?

As I'm writing this, this morning's temperature upon my waking was -7 degrees. BRRRRR....
While there's no actual "farming" going on this time of year, we are very busy making plans for the coming season.

Currently, Clemens is involved in writing a grant proposal that if awarded would allow us to implement new GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) requirements that will be mandatory for farms in the coming years. Some of the improvements would be a new, larger wash area, a walk in cooler (that he just purchased! and we'll be moving shortly!), a UV treatment system, and deer fencing. These improvements will increase efficiency on the farm, increase our output of vegetables, decrease damage of crops from deer, and increase quality of vegetables.

 Clemens is also about to purchase, with the help of a FSA loan, an additional 30 acres of beautiful farm land adjacent to the current land. This addition will double the acreage of the farm and also double the acreage in vegetable production.

Seeds will be ordered soon, if not today, after weeks of figuring out our needs for each vegetable crop and planning where everything will go in the fields. We've been entering all of this information in a new farming computer program that should help us with record keeping and organizing our daily tasks.

I, Jessica, have been working on getting all the paperwork for organic certification filled out. In the next few weeks we'll be getting all of that organized and sent in so that in the spring we can be inspected and certified (fingers crossed!). Since Clemens has always used organic methods of disease and pest control and we have no adjacent farms (and therefore don't have to worry about spray drift), getting certified by NOFA-NY should be no problem...just a lot of paperwork!

We've updated the Solstice Hill Farm logo (thanks Allen!!!) and are also updating our marketing materials for the CSA and making website and Facebook changes to reflect the new look.

I thought the picture of the shiitake mushrooms Clemens and crew grew this year would get you excited about the large amounts of them we are hoping to grow this year. In the coming weeks the logs will be cut from trees on the farm and we'll inoculate them with the mushroom spores. They are so tasty and such a treat to have as part of the bounty on the farm!

It's an exciting time to be involved with Solstice Hill Farm! Check out our vegetable CSA information and become a member this year!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Solstice Hill Welcomes Summer!

It's been one eventful spring! Now we have lots of veggies planted and looking beautiful.  Here are some photos to show what we have been up to...

Onions is patch looking strong as ever.

Mark is raising ducks on the property and helping us get it all done.

Beans, old and young.
Winter squash forming up all ready.

Swiss Chard patch with some new beds for fall on either side.
Newest member of SHF who attends all events, weeding , hoeing , seeding etc.

I have to say it looks like a really good winter squash year.
Greg in the winter squash.
lookin' and caught up.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Just to let you know

This time of year I like to have all the information right up front. The last post is a copy of the flyer that will be posted around town. This way costs and the ways to get in touch with me if you have any question are clear.

 Welcome to a Fourth year for  Community 

Supported  Agriculture (CSA), located 15 minutes 

from Cobleskill in Dorloo.
CSA is a win-win  for farmers and consumers.
     Farmers grow with the confidence they have a market for their crops.

     Consumers get discounted rates and share in the bounty

     Consumers get a premium portion of  fresh, local produce grown to a higher standard than organic.

Weekly Tues. Distribution box will contain 7 to 10 different items depending on the season.  Shares are intended to feed a family of four or two adult vegetable lovers.
Example Shares:
Spring: Carrots , Peas, Mesclun Salad Mix, Spinach, Radish, Scallions,  Kale
Summer: Melons (variety), Cherry Tomatoes, Large Heirloom Tomatoes, Lettuce (heads), Beets, Summer Squash , Cucumber, Eggplant, Peppers, Flowers, Herbs,  Sweet Corn
Fall: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Beets, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Potatoes, Parsnips
Membership Information
Season: June 3th to Oct. 28th  22 weeks total

Cost: $440 for the season
 ($20 discount for Payment in full by March 15th)
Total due: April 1st

Clemens Mackay

163 Elm St., Cobleksill NY

Please Call or E-mail With Questions


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Its Official

       After some deliberation and encouragement from my very first CSA member Eileen Knott I have decided to keep the CSA going in Cobleskill. I hope to make a few changes such as having a box where you can swap for something you might prefer. Say you don't like beets, well there you go, take another bag of salad or some extra tomatoes (keep our fingers crossed on tomatoes). This will be in addition to the "box of bounty", aka extras that anyone is welcome to stock up on and perhaps freeze.
      The  season will run from June 3 unitl October 28 for a total of 22 weeks. That's a steel at the same 2011 circa price of 440. Everyone who signs up in February gets $ 20 off that, a free week. Shares come out to a 25 dollar market value.
      There are some good photos of sample shares under "join the CSA" tab but I would say that shares were on average 20% or so larger by 2013 (those old photos are from 2011). The idea is to feed a family of four or two adult veggie lovers for a week. We often get the concern that a share will be too big for one couple. Two ideas, one is to try to get your husband to eat more vegetables( in every joke there is an element of truth) and another is to split a share with a friend who might also not need so much. Some people give some away to  friends or family when they get to much.The shares fluctuate through the season and are only larger during the height of growing season, smaller in the spring and fall. 
Here's to healthy and bountiful 2014.

Contacts are listed on this site, please call with any questions.