Brighton Market Opens This Weekend; What to expect on our tables and more

Greenhouse Fisher Hill Farm Rochester NY

Hopefully spring is here to stay for a while.

No more snow, now more cold windy days, and only light freezes that barely impact the crops. Its amazing how fast the mornings warm up and a sweatshirt is just right for chores versus just a few weeks ago when winter gear was still needed the whole day through. The wind is getting warmer at the top of the hill and that means spring is here to stay.

Winter season on the farm is wrapping up quick. We are tying up loose ends before the summer season gets into full swing. It won’t be long. We are working on the last of the egg laying house expansion this week. We have been adding on to each laying hen house so we can accommodate more birds to cover the egg needs in the main season. We have some tractor maintenance to get done too and then its time to get planting. 

On March 23rd we panted the first peas of the season. They are just starting to break through the soil. By the end of the week they should make nice straight lines down the field.

The garlic is growing really fast too. Only 14 days between the two photos!

The greenhouse is in full swing and half full. So far peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and okra have been planted. Onions, leeks, shallots, scallions, lettuce, chard, kale, and beets have been started by other greenhouse for us. it is at first a slow process, but it goes quick. Once things break ground anyway.

Greenhouse Fisher Hill Farm Rochester NY
Greenhouse Fisher Hill Farm Rochester NY

Chickens have been started so we can have them fresh every week starting May 8th. We get chicks every other week all summer so we can have fresh chicken for the market. We raise extra each week that we freeze so we can sell them all throughout the winter. We make sure they have as much free reign as possible and they have a steady diet of 100% GMO free and locally milled feed that is to our specifications.

Locally Grown Chicken at Fisher Hill Farm Rochester New York
Chicks getting accustomed to the new barn.

The Brighton Market is starting early this year. This Sunday April 11th to be exact. It will be nice to see everyone again and to get back into the regular swing of the markets. We’ll have a full table this Sunday for you and a similar one for the next few until the new crops break and ripen. We will keep you informed as much as we can so you can plan your shopping.

This week expect:

Micro Greens (spicy, radish, pea, sunflower)

Carrots, Parsnips, Onions, Potatoes, Rutabaga, Kohlrabi, Beets, Celeriac

Frozen Chicken, Frozen Chicken Liver, hearts, and feet, Frozen Turkey, Frozen Duck

Eggs

You can expect something similar at the Rochester Public Market on Saturday.

Hang in there! The season is about to break wide open in the next couple weeks. Coming soon will be scapes, asparagus, rhubarb, fresh chicken, and so much more. It’s been a long winter, but the payoff is a beautiful spring and summer.

Brighton New York Farmers Market Tent Set Up

Crop Report: Spring 2021

Fisher Hill Farm Crop Report

Spring in Western New York is underway and that means it is busy on the farm. Planting starts in the greenhouse in the germination chamber in the winter, but it doesn’t feel like spring until those plants move outdoors.

We’ve also had the opportunity to install new plastic on the hen brooding house. This will allow the broody hens to keep warm and dry as we still have plenty of cool nights ahead of us and many April Showers. But we’re confident we have the perfect spot built for them.

Lots of smaller repairs and projects have kept us busy right up until now. We’ve started to see some green out in the fields!

Here’s what’s happening:

Garlic is just coming up and is looking great. Well drained soil is needed for garlic to grow. Any standing water could actually rot the bulb before it has a chance to grow. We grow ours in mounds covered in plastic mulch so the weeds won’t grow up and take away vital nutrients. Garlic is a member of the allium family which includes onions, chives, leeks, scallions, and shallots. We also grow all of those vegetables on the farm too!

Fisher Hill Farm Garlic
Fisher Hill Farm Garlic

Peppers are ready to come out of the germination chamber. Peppers take very little time to sprout for the most part but need lots of maturation time. Most sweet peppers can take up to 3 months before they’re ready for the market. Some hot peppers take even longer. Always worth the wait. Peppers are popular in almost every dish around the world. Honestly, we like them raw and eat them out of the fields like apples!

Tomatoes are ready to be potted soon. Besides strawberries, tomatoes might be the next most popular veggie we grow. Tomatoes need a good amount of water and love to be nice and warm in the sunlight. They always take prime real estate on the farm, but it’s always worth it in the long run.

Eggplant is ready to be potted soon. The coarse and leathery leaves can easily withstand the hot summer weather. They can grow to be quite large if the conditions are right. In fact the largest eggplant ever was over 6lbs! The strangest fact about eggplants are that they are technically a berry by botanical definition.

The first planting of peas went into the ground. The true sign of spring. The first peas that come out of the field always taste sweeter than we can remember. Peas can be easily frozen and last a long time in the freezer. That is if you don’t eat them all before you get home.

Fresh chicken is back for this week and next week. We have had plenty of frozen but just ran out! Having these birds ready was the perfect timing. They work great for the grill and with a little luck, you could fire up the barbecue this weekend and have a great meal. With this comes liver and hearts too. If you have never tried hearts before, we have a recipe for chicken heart yakitori here. Try it out!

So, what does all this mean?

Well for one, it means spring is here and that’s super exciting. But most of all it means that we’re getting into the swing of things again. We still have a few CSA shares left. They can include fresh eggs and chicken all summer too. There are a few different pricing options and lots of pick up locations. You can check all that out here.

We try to maintain this blog throughout the spring and summer to bring you up to date information on how the fields are doing. We don’t always get to it! But it does provide you with information as to what is coming into season next and what to expect on our tables. If you’re new to our farm here’s what we bring with us to the farmer’s market and what is available with our CSA shares as well.

Here’s some examples of past crop reports. These will cue you in on what will be in season and when:

July 2018 – Sweet Corn

June 2019 = Peas and Strawberries

October 2020 = Harvest Time

Fisher Hill Farm Hen Brood

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!