The First of this Year’s Cantaloupe

Fisher Hill Farm Local Cantaloupe

Well, they’re finally starting to get ripe enough to take to the market with us. They came out beautiful this year despite the late start and we couldn’t be happier.  They’re a little smaller this year but they are super sweet!

There’s nothing quite like a nice ripe cantaloupe especially if its local. It’s healthy, delicious, and so juicy that it’s actually thirst quenching, especially on a hot dry day like the days we’ve had recently. It’s a pretty soft start so far so our supplies might be limited at market this weekend but we’ll bring as much as we can. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about them so we’re glad we can bring some!

In other news, we’ve spent a lot of time planting. Beets, chard, and kale are constantly being planted since April so we have a steady supply for the whole season. We also planted broccoli, lettuce, scallions, rutabaga and kohlrabi for fall harvest and winter storage. The season is absolutely flying by. Can you believe it’s August already?

Eggplant and peppers should be coming soon for those of  you who have asked. They’re almost ready. We don’t expect to see them this weekend at the market. The sweet corn has been a huge hit. Thanks to everyone for the compliments. Nothing makes us happier than hearing about how much you enjoyed what we grew and how you cooked it. We like recipe sharing too so don’t be shy!

Here’s a list of what to expect this weekend:

Bunched Beets

Spring Onions

Sweet Onions, bunched with greens

String Beans

Shallots

Swiss Chard 

Kale (curly, red russian)

Lettuce

Radishes

Zucchini and Summer Squash

Cucumbers

Basil

Sweet Corn

New potatoes, red

Carrots

Cherry & Grape Tomatoes

Hope you have a great weekend. Come by and visit us at the Rochester Public Market and the Brighton Farmers Market!

Crop Report: July 2019

Fisher Hill Farm - Local Sweet Corn 2

We like to put these out as often as we can to ensure that our customer base knows what they can expect to find on our tables at the market. This way you can plan ahead for your meal, pair our offerings with neighboring farms, or look up some recipes in advance to know what other ingredients you may need.

This past week we saw a lot of rain, which we needed, but it can sometimes put us a bit behind. Now that we’ve caught up and all the crops are watered we ready to go for another weekend!

Just as a reminder, we’re not just at weekend markets! You can find us almost every day of the week during the summer!

Fisher Hill Farm Summer Market Schedule

Fisher Hill Farm Summer Market Schedule

In other news, we’ve partnered again with Hearth and Cellar for another dinner on the farm where one of our barns is turned into a five star restaurant. If you haven’t been before then we recommend you join us this September 8th (which is actually Grandparents day!) right here on the farm. Tickets are still available but usually don’t last for very long. If you would like more information please click below:

Purchase tickets here. 

 

What you will find on our tables at market this coming weekend:

Bunched Beets

Spring Onions

Sweet Onions bunched with greens

String Beans

Scallions

Shallots

Swiss Chard

Kale (Red Russian, Curly)

Lettuce

Radishes

Zucchini and Summer Squash

Cucumbers

Basil

Sweet Corn

New Potatoes

Fresh Chicken

 

As always we look forward to seeing all of you at the market this weekend and it’s supposed to be nice weather, too.

 

 

Crop Report: July

Fisher Hill Farm Rochester Public Market

Happy Fourth of July! What a sunny warm week it’s been. We were able to get lots of work done on the farm and will be at the Rochester Public Market Saturday and the Brighton Farmers Market Sunday. Here’s what you can expect to find on our tables.

Strawberries (this will be the last week!)

Sugar Snap Peas

Shelling Peas

Beets (from this year!)

String Beans (limited supply)

Spring Onions

Scapes

Scallions

Swiss Chard

Kale (Red Russian, Curly, Tuscan)

Pea and Sunflower Shoots

Lettuce

Radish

Zucchini and Summer Squash

There is still a lot of stuff in the ground that we just got down recently or isn’t ready for picking yet. Although July Fourth is already over summer is only really just beginning and that means the crops will keep coming. Broccoli, melons, cucumbers,  cauliflower, and cabbage have yet to make an appearance. We can’t wait.

We appreciate everyone stopping by and saying hi and of course, shopping local. Produce and poultry tastes better when it’s local and it’s helping out our local economy as well. Produce that is shipped from long distances are usually picked before they are ripe in order for them to maintain for the long periods of time. A fruit or vegetable that has not been able to ripen properly doesn’t have the same flavor as one that has. Local is the way to go when and if you can.

If you haven’t seen it before, here is Sandi explaining the importance of farming. We’re proud of our farm and the work we do and this is just a small reason why.

 

Our Market schedule resumes this week as normal after the holiday. If you would like to know where to find us just follow the link:

https://fisherhillfarm.com/farmers-markets/

Thanks everyone and see you all soon!

 

Crop Report – Mid June 2019

Fisher Hill Farm Local Peas

Things have yet to completely quiet down after the strange start to our spring but we are happy to report that lots of local produce is on the way. 

We hate to see asparagus go but unfortunately it’s winding down pretty quick and this could be the last weekend for it. That being said other things are starting to pop up and we will bring as much as we can to market with us over the weekend including strawberries and peas.

it’s hard to believe that the nights will already start getting shorter soon so take advantage of this wonderful sun while you can. During these summer months that transition into fall you can find us at lots of different places too! Including the Victor Central School parking lot on Tuesdays.

Click here to find out more information and get directions. 

Below is a crop report from what we see in the fields that can come with us to the markets we participate in:

June 2019 Crop Report

Strawberries (not in abundance yet, so while supplies last)

Peas (shelling and snap, again while supplies last)

Spring Onions

Green Garlic

Scallions

Swiss Chard

Kale (curly, red russian, tuscan)

Lettuce

Rhubarb

Pea and Sunflower Shoots

Radishes

Asparagus (winding down quickly!)

We also have our storage crops still available: potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, rutabaga, kohlrabi, and turnips.

Coming soon: beets, zucchini, new potatoes

We will keep you updated as summer moves along. Another week and the kids are out of school! It’s already flying by fast so take some time to stop and eat a nice local meal out of your own kitchen or any number of awesome restaurants dedicated to buying local.

Check out some of our partners here!

We look forward to seeing all of you at the market!

 

Buying a Whole Local Chicken

Fisher Hill Farm Poultry

Every week we offer fresh chicken at the farmers markets we attend. If you have never had a locally raised chicken then we highly recommend it. They really taste much different than your factory farmed raised chicken.

One of the things we hear from a lot of our friends at the market is that they would buy a whole chicken but they don’t want to have to cook the whole thing. But you don’t have to roast a whole chicken if you get a whole chicken! It’s very easy to break down a chicken into parts. It also cooks faster that way and you can freeze the parts your not ready to cook!

One of our friends posted this video on Youtube of him cutting up a whole chicken in 10 minutes. He sped it up to double time for “entertainment purposes” and posted it. It shows how easy it can be to simply follow the seams of where the bones are. You won’t see any cleavers or breaking of bones. If you follow the seams properly you don’t have to cut through bones. Check the video out!

This video doesn’t have instruction in it, but leave something in the comments here or on Youtube that you would like to see a video like that and we’ll get that arranged!

One of our regular market buyers told us a story about how he kept buying fresh chickens all summer long. He kept freezing the wings and the legs all summer only eating the breast and thighs. By the fall he had a huge meal of smoked wings and thighs with his friends and it was a huge hit!

You don’t have to be Jacques Pepin to cut up a whole chicken into parts. But it does take some practice. The best part is, you can’t mess up a whole chicken. Even if you don’t cut it into parts the way it’s meant to, you can still cook it and it’s still chicken!

Fresh local chicken tastes amazing and we want our market friends to have the best from our farm We stand by our product and would never feed anything to our own family that we wouldn’t give to our friends. We hope you try it out.