Crop Report: Dry Weather Hasn’t Been Detrimental

Fisher Hill Farm - Bristol, NY
Fisher Hill Farm – Bristol, NY

It’s been rather dry until the last few days. We got a very nice soaking rain and didn’t see any washouts or damage to the crops. We did get about a week behind in our transplanting and now that the soil is nice and moist again it’s full steam ahead. We have heavy clay soil and it has many pros and cons. But in a dry year we really shine! In the fall or even early winter we perform our heavy tillage in preparation for the spring. Then when the weather turns in the spring we only disturb the top three to four inches of the soil leaving all that moisture underneath to be saved for dry spells like this. The major con of our heavy soils is a wet year we really struggle.


Today we got caught up with the cherry/grape tomatoes in the high tunnel. We grow them inside to prevent them from cracking and keep the diseases away. The guys got them all weeded and trellised up. I was able to Rototill the drive paths and in between the pumpkins to control the weeds. Soon we are transplanting the last of the cauliflower, fennel, turnips, rutabaga, and broccoli. We are on the home stretch but will still be transplanting for about another month.


A couple big announcements this week!

We are teaming up with Chef Gabe Sanders of Hearth & Cellar for another Feast on the Farm. Sunday, October 7th we will transform the packing shed into a five star restaurant with white linens on the table and a five course meal you’ll be thinking about until next year’s dinner. Tickets are not on sale yet but don’t miss out because people are still talking about last years dinner and want to be first in line for this year!

We are also teaming up with Marty’s Birdland food truck to provide Fisher Hill Farm chicken dinners at the Brighton Farmers Market on Sunday August 12th. We are calling it the Fisher Hill Farm Takeover featuring the best food around.

 Sandi celebrated her birthday last week with a day off from market on Sunday to spend her usual market hours completely alone. As much as she loves her kiddos and truly enjoys seeing the customers each week, those few hours of solitude kayaking on the West River were immensely rejuvenating!

New crops this week include broccoli, fennel, and fresh shallots. Hope you enjoyed the corn last week because we sure did and it just keeps getting better from here!


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