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.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

New and Exciting

It's been a long time dear distant reader. Those of you in the CSA and at farmers market have heard of all the changes except for this most recent one. I, Clemens will be returning to Solstice Hill after a brief one year hiatus farming in Colombia county. It was an exciting year farming on a more....ahh, traditional piece of land.Very flat with easy access to a dug pond for irrigation and barns for washing in; Green Mead, as the southern hiatus was known, was not without it's perks. Like toasters to the Amish though, the flat land could not distract my love for my mountain.Despite the glib analogies I have real connection to this piece of property and look forward to growing the business here and stewarding the land.
 The ground at Solstice Hill was in cover crop for the past season and should be in excellent shape for 2014. Additionally all the great mineral additions that occurred and will occur will now be present in the veggies, if it's not in the soil it can't be in your food.
Lot's of great ideas for 2014 but we'll leave that for another time. Just a little update to say that Solstice Hill Farm is going for it's fifth season back in Dorloo. Hears to your health and hoping you can join us.