When Will We be at the Rochester Public Market on Thursdays Again?

Answers to the most popular questions we have gotten recently.

The market season is back and up and running. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be abundant as the days grow longer from early May straight through Thanksgiving. There’s always a lot of questions each and every year about what everyone should expect. Don’t be shy! Ask away! If we didn’t cover something in this post we’ll be happy to answer any questions left in the comments sections, in person at the markets, or on any of our social media.

When will you start Thursday’s at the Rochester Public Market again?

We can say for certain that the date is June 17th. We will be there through Thanksgiving. We’re usually in the same spot for both Saturday and Thursday. If they need to move us around for any reason we will certainly try and let you know in advance.

When will CSA shares no longer be available?

Officially this year is will be May 1st. We do have a few left and encourage anyone thinking about buying one to do so this year. If you are not familiar with ours, it’s one with choice. You don’t get a pre-filled box once a week, but rather get to choose your own every week when you get to the market. You choose where you want to pick up too!

For more information on our CSA click here.

Will Asparagus be ready soon?

The short answer is yes with an if and the long answer is no, with a but…. We fully expect asparagus to be widely available by Mother’s Day. The weather was cooperative, but then wasn’t and now looks like it’s going to stay warm as long as it doesn’t freeze at night on Fisher Hill. It might come up sooner and be ready, but the first weekend may be limited. Get there early on Saturday mornings!

Do you still have duck available?

It’s frozen, but, yes we do. It takes a few days to fully thaw out from the freeze so you may want to plan a week in advance of cooking it. It’s always best to let it thaw in the refrigerator according to safe food handling rules.

When will fresh chicken be ready?

It’s coming up fast! May 6th. We will do our best to keep fresh chicken available all summer.

Fresh chicken on the grill during the summer.

What else should I know?

Turkey is available. It is frozen. They can take a while to thaw so plan accordingly. We also are out of stewing hens until fall. If you are not familiar with us you can take a look here /https://fisherhillfarm.com/crop-list/ to see what we offer when it is in season. If you have a CSA with us already and have specific questions about your share please let us know so we can help.

Farm fresh eggs all year round

Thanksgiving Already?

We know what we’re thankful for this year. Do you?

Wow. It was strange to type the word ‘Thanksgiving’ up there. We can’t believe that this year is already coming into holiday season. Once the kids go back to school (well, for some..) it seems like a matter of minutes until you’re opening presents under the tree.

We’ve definitely had a strange year, as so many of us have. We went from the depths of winter thinking about the spring planting season to worrying about our friends and family to worrying about our farm. But the community pulled together and we were able to be a part of that. This year we’re thankful for our strong local community.

$20 today gets you a farm fresh turkey on Thanksgiving.

Having such a strong focus on local throughout the region allowed us to continue our operation and get food on plates. That’s what it’s about for us. We want to grow good food that people enjoy. We love what we do and we love seeing how the community responds. We’re thankful for our customers and they’re thankful that we can continue to grow food!

Local doesn’t stop for us when summer ends. We’ll have plenty of storage crops and are able to provide lots of veggies far into the winter. We also have eggs, chicken, and duck during the winter too. Keep your eye out for info on the duck! It’s limited!

Right now our focus is turkey. As odd as it feels to be planning for Thanksgiving already, it’s time. Our poults are in the barn and we’ve officially opened up our reserving turkey on our farm store. $20 today gets you a farm fresh turkey on Thanksgiving. We have organic turkey too. Either way, all our turkeys are fresh and local!

Click here to reserve your turkey!

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!

This video 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.

Crop Report: All About Sweet Corn

Fisher Hill Farm - Local Sweet Corn

This week summer will be in full force. Sweet corn is finally ready and let me tell you it is amazing. We had an exceptionally cold April and an unusually warm May and that cold April kept us out of the field for an early corn planting.

Fisher Hill Farm - Local Sweet Corn
Fisher Hill Farm – Local Sweet Corn

But when you look back at May we never had a frost. How unusual is that? Many years we struggle to keep early plantings alive and this year we could have planted frost sensitive crops even earlier.

But I digress, back to sweet corn. This week’s variety is called ‘Sweetness’ and its nothing short of that. Usually, to grow early corn we have to sacrifice a few things to get the corn on the table so soon, such as ear size, flavor or height of the plant. Sweetness is a very good eating corn but it is a smaller ear. But don’t worry as the season goes on the corn will get larger but it will always be better than you can find in a store!

Fisher Hill Farm - Local Sweet Corn 2
Fisher Hill Farm -Sweetness

 Deer Report

The fences seems to be holding them back. We have one last field to fence in this week and after that the deer are out of luck. Hopefully they will find some other place to call home. Next week I hope to share some pictures of the fence itself and the solar powered fence chargers that keep the fence hot.

Fall Planning

Last week we planted more beets, chard, a mega planting of kale (for winter harvest), broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, and melons. We have since had a nice little rain shower to set the plants in but definitely could use some more. Hard to believe that it’s time to think about late fall and winter kale. But we need to have the plants well established and full of greens by fall. After mid October plants don’t grow much and we need to have all that foliage banked up and ready to harvest.

Currently Available

Garlic Scapes

Zucchini and Summer Squash

Head Lettuce

Cucumbers (slicing and pickling)

Sweet corn

Chard

Kale

Radishes

Spring onions

Scallions

Green garlic

Beans (flat, fava, green, yellow)

Sweet yellow onions

Bunched beets (red and gold)

Shoots and microgreens

Potatoes, New (red and white)

Carrots

Shallots (storage)

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

Fisher Hill Farm - Bristol NY
Fisher Hill Farm – Bristol NY

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.