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.

The Dirt is Finally Flying: A Crop and Field Report

Fisher Hill Farm - Tractor at night in field

It has been a super busy stretch here at the farm. We’ve had a few consecutive days without any significant rain and the wheels have been turning.

Since last Thursday we have been going hard and nonstop. Thursday we transplanted broccoli, cabbage, kale, swiss chard, and beets. Also had time to fit in a 15th wedding anniversary dinner with my beautiful bride. Friday we transplanted more beets, pumpkins, planted fall ornamentals, did some discing to smooth out the recently plowed soil. Saturday after market I picked up huge rocks with the loader. Sunday I did more discing. Monday we laid down black and white plastic mulch. Tuesday we transplanted celeriac, scallions, fennel, eggplant, tomatoes.

Fisher Hill Farm - Eat Local
Fisher Hill Farm – Eat Local

We’re finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. The only big items left are peppers, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. It doesn’t sound like much but they are all really big plantings.

The weather this spring has really been a downer. All the rain kept the fields saturated and the cool weather slowed down the drying out. I feel lucky that we have been able to chip away at the early spring crops and they are looking OK.

Fisher Hill Farm - planting in the field
Fisher Hill Farm – planting in the field

The cooler weather crops are doing great (onions, kale, lettuce, radishes, etc). Unfortunately, the warmer weather crops are pretty slow to get going (summer squash, cucumbers, beans, etc). Everyone on the farm has been working hard and the market table should reflect that.

This week’s share is a combination of new spring crops and storage crops from last season. We have really dialed in how to store many different veggies through the winter and you’ll enjoy them.

Veggies:

Asparagus

Lettuce

Radish

Bok choy

Micro greens

Pea & sunflower shoots

Rhubarb

Scallions

Spinach

 

Storage Veggies:

Potatoes

Onions

Carrots

Parsnips

Sweet potatoes

Rutabaga

Turnips

Kohlrabi

Beets

We also will have fresh chicken, eggs, and duck eggs available too.

 

Here’s where to find us from now through October:
Monday, Thompson Hospital (Canandaigua), 2:30pm-5:30pm
Tuesday, Victor Central Schools, 3:30pm-6pm
Wednesday, On-Farm pickup, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Thursday, Rochester Public Market 7am-12noon
Saturday, Rochester Public Market 6am-1pm
Sunday, Brighton Farmers Market, 8:30am-12:30pm

Fisher Hill Farm - Tractor at night in field
Fisher Hill Farm – Tractor at night in field

 

CSA Save the Dates….and more!

CSA Season is here already! It seems like just yesterday we were setting up our 2019 forms and getting things in order for the summer and here it is! 

If you didn’t get a CSA this year but you have some questions about it we’re here to help answer them. Don’t be afraid to ask away at any of our pickup locations. We hope that your interest means that you’ll go with a CSA next year.

For those of you who have gotten a CSA this year you will be receiving information via email about what will be available on our table as well as pick up spots and times. These are listed below for everyone’s convenience as well:

STARTING PICK UP DATES

Wednesday, June 5, On Farm 4:30pm-6:30pm

Thursday, June 6, Rochester Public Market 7am-12noon

Saturday, June 8, Rochester Public Market 6am-1pm

Sunday, June 9, Brighton Farmers Market 8:30am-12:30pm

Monday, June 10, Thompson Hospital 2:30pm-5:30pm

Tuesday, June 11, Victor Central School 3:30pm-6pm
(Early Childhood School/District Office)

If you are reading this blog and aren’t familiar with our CSA we have one with choice. CSA members come to their pickup location and get to choose what they take home with them. We do not pre-fill baskets or bags. We want you to love what you get and get what you love so you will use it. We never want our product to go to waste and you don’t want to pay for something that you don’t like or won’t use.

For more information click here: https://fisherhillfarm.com/csa/

For more information you can always keep tabs on our blog page. We try to update you as much as possible of what crops are coming up next and what other farm updates we have. We even share some of our favorite farmhouse recipes there too!

Check out our latest blogs:

https://fisherhillfarm.com/2019/04/13/crop-report-first-of-2019/

https://fisherhillfarm.com/2019/04/29/crop-report-onions-are-in-the-ground/

https://fisherhillfarm.com/2019/05/21/our-top-5-quotes-on-farming/

 

 

 

Sweet! An Easy Snack or Appetizer

Fisher Hill Farm - Sweet Potato Appetizer

There’s no doubt that a little humidity can make you lose your appetite. When you’re finally hungry enough to eat, the last thing you want is something hot. 

It was a little humid out today, maybe the first day we felt any humidity since the start of the warmer weather. Working outside and in the barn all day made for a hot one and even though it’s going to get way hotter, we just weren’t ready for it and it hit us like a ton of bricks.

When we need a quick cool snack we like pre-cooked and refrigerated sweet potatoes. They’re super easy to cook in the oven and they keep in the fridge for a week or more after being cooked.

You can just quickly salt them and eat them or go the next step which we did for our snack tonight. It took about two minutes to prepare and was delicious and nutritious.

Fisher Hill Farm - Sweet Potato Appetizer
Fisher Hill Farm – Sweet Potato Appetizer

Here’s our super simple recipe. This is a easy snack for adults and kids but could make a little appetizer for a dinner party with friends too.

What you’ll need:

4 precooked sweet potatoes (wash, prick them with a fork, wrap them in foil, and bake in the oven until soft)

1 cup walnut halves and pieces

4 Tbs dark honey (buckwheat honey is delicious!)

2 tsp kosher salt (or 3 tsp sea salt)

A few handfuls of chopped arugula or other favorite micro greens

What you’ll do:

Once the sweet potatoes have been cooked and cooled, cut them in half lengthwise and salt them. Place the walnuts on top and drizzle with the honey. The greens on top provide some color and a little bitterness to that sweet and salty.

Sometimes the simpler the better. We love quick and easy recipes like this one around here especially with our three girls! If you don’t have honey or don’t like it, you can always substitute with delicious New York State Maple Syrup.

Cheers!