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/

 

 

 

Our Top 5 Quotes on Farming

In an interview over the winter, Sandi talked a little about the importance of farming and what it means to her personally. It’s a great quote and one that really could make sense to anyone and not just farmers.

But it got us thinking about other quotes about farming that have come up. Quotes that maybe you’ve heard someone reference or maybe ones that are new to you.

Farming is as difficult as it is rewarding. That duality makes it an interesting profession to talk to people about because it becomes polarizing. But it makes for good discussion, that’s for sure.

Sandi’s quote:

 

Top 5 farming Quotes

Counting down from five…

5. “Farming isn’t for everyone, but hay it’s in my jeans”. – Anonymous

Ok. We can admit that this one is a bit goofy, but we have a sense of humor too! While there are some tough days of farming there are some really great ones too and we like to smile through it all!

4. “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

This is an excellent quote and one that maybe we have gotten a bit away from over the last few decades. Our business and our lives has moved really fast with technology and other advancements but every so often it’s nice to stop and remember where we all came from.

3. “The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.” – Will Rogers

Going back to the first quote, we have a sense of humor. Some days it’s so important to stay positive and think of what good we can do in the future and not just the things that have gone wrong.

2. “We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.” – Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is a writer and coming from an artist this quote resonates with us. We appreciate it very much.

1.“Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man.” – George Washington

Well said and something to keep in mind when your day isn’t going so well.

 

Cheers to all the farmers out there. And cheers to you all, no matter what you do!

 

 

 

Crop Report: Onions are in the Ground

Fisher Hill Farm Onions

We got our onions in the ground last week. It’s and brutally slow process and if you follow us on social media you probably saw a post about driving .1 miles per hour in the tractor! Painfully slow but so necessary and actually kind of beautiful in a way. It also gives you time to think which with three kids and a business to run there isn’t much time for that.

Onions are one of the first things to hit the soil every year and it marks the beginning of the growing season. It’s a time for reflection on last years crops and a time to look into the future of where the business is heading, what changes need to be made, and what milestones to celebrate.

Onions might be the beginning of our soil crops but they are so much more than that. They are a staple of cooking for chefs and culinary hobbyists around the world. They last through the year in cold storage. Did you know they are famous for being untraceable in the archaeological world? It’s true! Their tissues leave almost no trace at all and so their origin has been debated by botanists and food historians alike. Some research suggests that they originated in Central Asia while other research suggests they came from West Pakistan.

No matter where they originated from, onions were one of the very first cultivated crops  in the world because they grew in different soils and climates, were easily transported, and lasted a long time after coming out of the ground. Ancient Chinese, Roman, and Egyptian texts have shown that onions played an important role in diets and even cultural practices. It’s amazing how far back they date and just how amazingly important they are!

We’re excited for the growing season and excited about these onions. We can’t wait to share them with you.

The Health Benefits of Summer Berries

Fisher Hill Farm summer berries

Everyone knows that fruit is sweet and delicious. There’s hardly anything better on a hot summer day than a sweet strawberry or blackberry. They also make great desserts! But what about the health benefits of nature’s candy? Each berry has different nutrients that make it unique and it’s so important that we try and eat healthy every day. Not that we need any excuse to eat delicious fruit but it certainly helps to see how well these berries treat out bodies as well.

Local Strawberries - Fisher Hill Farm

Strawberries

One serving of Strawberries contains 150 grams of vitamin C and can help boost immune efficiency and fight off free radicals that damage healthy DNA.

Rich in potassium, eating strawberries actually lowers your blood pressure.

Flavonoids, ellagic acid, and phenolic phytochemicals found in strawberries reduces your risk of age-related vision problems like macular degeneration.

For as sweet as they are, they are low on the glycemic index so they don’t spike your blood sugar and the dietary fiber in strawberries helps regulate glucose levels.

They contain a special anti-allergy flavonoid called fisetin, which helps the body’s immune cells control inflammatory reactions to allergens.

Local Red Raspberry - Fisher Hill Farm

Red Raspberries

They are high in compounds known for having anti-cancer properties.

Eating them can result in the reduction of pain associated with arthritis and gout as they naturally reduce inflammation.

The seeds of red raspberries are high in vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids, and have an SPF of 25 – 50!

Local Blackberries - Fisher Hill Farm

Blackberries

Incredibly high in Vitamin K, eat more blackberries to prevent bone thinning and bone fractures. It also helps your blood clot better and can prevent bruising.

Bone development and a healthy immune system rely on Manganese and this mineral is found in abundance in blackberries.

Studies have shown that they have abilities to fight against mouth bacteria that can cause oral diseases.

Local Blueberries - Fisher Hill Farm

Blueberries

These delicious little morsels are really high in nutrients but low in calories so pile them high!

Extremely high in antioxidants, they help reduce DNA damage to fight against cancer and aging.

Reduce your risk of heart disease by eating 2 ounces per day. Blueberries naturally lower blood pressure.

Studies have shown that they appear to help aging neurons in your brain. Eating more blueberries can aid brain function, delay mental decline, and improve memory.

Other Berries

The list of health benefits starts to repeat itself after these top three. But make no mistake, all the summer berries have excellent health benefits. The best part is that they all taste amazing!

Some other berries that we should be on the lookout for in our neck of the woods are:

Mulberries – These grow all over the city of Rochester! Just look for the purple stains on the sidewalk.

Currants – Check out the markets. We see them all the time!

Elderberries – Some of the best jam you’ll ever have. Add some cinnamon and allspice.

Gooseberries – Taste more like a grape if you’ve never had one

We’re so excited for this growing season. It’s coming up very fast and the weather is getting nicer almost every day. See you at the market!

 

Fisher Hill Farm Videos

We have made some videos over the last year that showcase our farm and we have plans to make a few more.

One of the things that we like about these videos is they serve as little benchmarks in our lives and work as marketing tools as well. We’re proud of our work and we love what we do every day. These videos and the pictures that we share on our social media and our website reflect our love of our farm, our family, and the relationships we have with our customers and friends.

We feel very lucky to have so many great things in our life!

We look forward to making more videos and posting more great material on our website and our social media sites.

This video was shot by John Altobello and his drone. He happened to catch this scene with Phil and the kids without any planning. It was a beautiful day. You couldn’t have paid for better weather.

Shot at the public market in early March. Just a quick sample of what we bring with us to a typical winter market. We are very excited to have the good weather back soon so we can start bringing more!

This was also shot by John Altobello on the same day. We wanted to make a series of smaller videos that showed people what our farm and fields look like. It’s always nice to know where your food comes from!

We have some plans to do some more coming up this spring and summer but we have to wait until the weather turns. Luckily it looks like this week we will see some 50’s and even 60’s so that should be enough to allow us back out on the fields. Thanks for watching and stay tuned!