Crop Report: Oh Deer!

Fisher Hill Farm

The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back

Whitetail deer have been an issue since we started farming vegetables. In the beginning they liked to eat peas and pumpkins. Knowing their preference for these crops we began planting those close to the barn or the road. These ideas helped but we always had some loss. Last year seemed exceptionally bad and we had serious losses and damage.

Off to a Good Start

This year we seemed to be off to a good start until last weekend. Those darn deer ate almost a whole bed of gold beets; a bed meaning rows upon rows not just a stretch of one row. They have good taste, I know! They pulled out the beets from the ground and nibbled only the beets; leaving a trail of destruction – partially eaten beets, greens, and torn up plastic. This all happened over the weekend and enough was enough.

What We Did About it

Monday I went to tractor supply with a headache but no plan, well maybe a little internet research, and left the store with what I thought I needed. 7 foot t-posts, poly wire, insulations, solar fence charger, and miscellaneous goodies. The final product was a 6 foot tall electric fence with 4 wires spaced 18 inches apart. And boy golly, it worked!!! So, the next day after another (fairly expensive!) trip to tractor supply we had one more field fenced in.

We are already seeing almost double the production of zucchini and summer squash. Hopefully next week after the heat wave leaves we can fence in the last big field and be deer free.

You may ask yourself why don’t they just hunt the deer in the fall? We tried that with several groups hunters during the entire Fall season. The deer are very smart, sleeping & limiting their movement during the day and foraging at night. If there is a little snow cover, a clear sky with moonlight the deer manage to find their daily ration just fine. I talked with the DEC about permits but I needed results fast.

 I hope that the deer get the message, move on to easier picking in another area and don’t come back!

 Harvest News

In positive, profitable news – we did harvest some new and exciting crops this week. We dug the first new potatoes and boy do they look nice. Planting them on plastic really paid off and I know I’ll be doing that next year. Also available are cucumbers and pickles, greens beans, fava beans, and larger sweet onions are coming in too.

The Current List of What is Available

Garlic Scapes

Zucchini and summer squash
Cucumbers (slicing and pickling)

Head Lettuce

Peas (shelling and sugar snap)
Beans (green, Italian Flat, fava)

Chard

Kale

Radishes

Spring onions

Scallions

Green garlic

Bunched beets (red and hopefully the return of gold)

Shoots and microgreens

Potatoes (NEW!)

Carrots (storage)

Onions (storage)

Shallots (storage)

 FRESH chicken
Free Range Eggs (chicken & duck)
Red Jacket juices

CSA Pickups Start Today!

Fisher Hill Farm CSA

All the information you will need if you have a CSA with us this year!

  • Wednesday 6/6 On-Farm pickup, 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Thursday 6/7 Rochester Public Market, 7am-Noon
  • Saturday 6/9 Rochester Public Market, 7am-1pm
  • Sunday 6/10 Brighton Farmers Market, 9am-1pm
  • Monday 6/11 Thompson Hospital, Parrish St. Entrance, 2:30pm-5:30pm

If you have a Weekly Share simply come to your selected location.  If you are a Monthly Sampler, you may divide your ten points however works best for you; most members come twice a month, some come once and some come weekly.  You do not need to let us know if you will be coming, simply stop when it is convenient for your schedule.

If you will be missing a date or need to change your pickup location temporarily, please send a reply to the weekly newsletter you will be receiving, or let us know in advance at the market.

We keep a monthly attendance roster and so we ask that if a week needs to be made-up due to absence that you try to make it up within the same month.  If you know in advance of an absence you are welcome to make up your missing points any time during the month.  Usually doubling up an entire week to catch up from an absence results in too much produce, it is more manageable to add a few extra items for a week or two to disperse the points.

You may also send someone in your place.  They will give us your name when they “check-in” and we’ll mark the attendance roster.  Again, advance notice is not required but if you could let us know then we’ll be on the lookout for a new, possibly confused or overwhelmed, face! 🙂

If you are a member who was assigned a week to pickup by Thompson Hospital Associate Services, please double check your first pickup week.  Week 1 members will begin on 6/11, Week 2 members will begin on 6/18.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us. 


What Our Chickens Mean to Us

Fisher Hill Farm Chickens

We raise chickens. The eggs are sold regularly at market and so are the chickens. We get a lot of questions about it from our customers, friends, and from interested folks at the markets we attend. A locally sourced chicken means a lot to our customer base, including the chefs and restaurants that have put a strong focus on finding ingredients that are close to home.

We use locally milled small batch feed for our chickens. They do not receive antibiotics or hormones and grow as naturally as possible. The feed is also non GMO. In short, we love our chickens and raise them that way. Our farm is our means of raising our kids, including eating our own food that we grow. We would never sell anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves or serve to our friends and family, including our three beautiful girls!

Throughout the summer, we will have fresh chicken at the markets we attend. Fresh chicken tastes awesome and because it is only coming from our farm in Bristol, NY, our carbon footprint is small.

Fisher Hill Farm Poultry
Fisher Hill Farm Poultry

We put a high priority on our animal welfare. Everything we do on our farm is meant to treat our product and the earth as best as we possibly can. Without the earth we wouldn’t have all the great produce and poultry and we firmly believe that each of our animals deserves the utmost respect and dignity. They, after all, are part of our every day livelihood.

The basic business model to our farm is a simple one: Serve our community with food that we would serve our family. In a way, every one of our customers are our family. Keeping this in mind every day helps us to bring you the best, freshest, and admirably raised produce and poultry as possible.

Thank you for your business.

From Our Family to Yours

We wouldn’t grow and sell anything that we wouldn’t give the three little girls in this picture. We take great pride in everything we grow and bring to you. For those of you who don’t know us or our farm very well, it’s nice to meet you!

Our farm is located atop a rolling, stretching hill in Bristol, New York. It’s a quiet and breezy hill top with some other neighboring farms and families just like ours. The sunsets and sunrises are incredible as our the stars on warm summer evenings.

You can find us at public and farmers markets around the Rochester, New York area. For the complete list of when and where we are, click here. 

We currently have our CSA available.  We give our customers lots of choice with the CSA that they choose. It runs from summer to fall and can include chicken and eggs as well. If you’d like to learn more about our CSA, click here. 

We also have partnered with some local stores and restaurants. The Farm to Table movement is strong and growing in the Rochester area and many chefs and store owners have turned to us to get the freshest ingredients for their guests. If you have a store or a restaurant and would like to learn more about what we offer and when, don’t hesitate to contact us.

You can check out some of our partners here.

Or you can fill out a contact form here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

If you are at the Brighton Farmers Market or the Rochester Public Market stop by our stand, we’d love to meet you. But if you can’t make it out to those and still have questions please don’t hesitate to call us. We’d love to hear from you.