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Posted 4/23/2018 8:15pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!

Maple Season 2018 was one for the record books at Harding Hill Farm! It has taken me a week since our last boil to find the time to write up our final post of the season. Our late ending started blending with spring activities, which led to a chaotic couple of weeks on the farm. Quite honestly, we probably could have boiled more sap… but we decided to pull the plug while we’re ahead. We finished a clean-up and final boil on Monday, April 16th with a final total *drum roll please* of 704 gallons of maple syrup!! To put it in perspective, our best record at HHF prior to 2018 was 577 gallons. We beat that record by a huge margin. It may have been higher if we counted all the maple syrup samples we handed out (or sipped ourselves) during the season. 

There are lot of reasons for our record year, but we will never figure out exactly what made this season so special - a bit of Mother Nature, a bit of good management, and some luck! We collected 37,675 gallons of maple sap from our 1,300 taps in addition to sap gathered from friends/neighbors. We figure our total is better compared to a 1,700 tap operation when you include the purchased sap – with that number considered, we yielded about 22.2 gallons of maple sap per tap. Overall, the sugar content of the sap was low all season but the yield made up for that difference. We calculate that it took an average of 53 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup.

We reached pretty far into our firewood reserves to keep the evaporator boiling into the end of the season. Tyler started tapping our maple trees on February 13th and started the first boil on February 19th. We wrapped up the season with a final boil on April 16th and began pulling taps on April 17th. After a week of clean up, we finished pulling the final taps today.

Our maple grades also experienced some interesting fluctuations. The early season syrup yielded an Amber Rich with a brief period of Dark Amber during a very warm spell in February. After a cold snap, the grade bounced back to a Golden Delicate for the first time in 4 or 5 years, yielding about 36 gallons of the light stuff. We held onto the Amber Rich grade for a couple weeks before switching to Dark for the final week of the season. I know many Dark syrup fans were disappointed by our limited supply during maple weekend. We definitely made up for it in the weeks that followed. If you’re looking for Dark syrup, feel free to email us or call for a pickup time at the farm. A big thanks to all our maple fans, friends, families, and our dedicated employee – Brendan, for making this season another success!

 

In the last week, we juggled many spring tasks. Ty has been busy looking at tree care jobs, doing some small scale pruning, and helping with our cow pedicure day! Our cows are ready to kick up their heels as soon as the pastures green up. In other good news, our employee, Andrew, is back for another season with HHF after a winter hiatus at Mount Sunapee. He spent a lot of time in the woods over the past week pulling taps and flushing lines. Ty and Andrew wrapped up the woods work this week, and Andrew certainly has a knack for picking up all the plastic pieces we might drop in the woods. After all, we try to care for our land so it can take care of us for generations to come.

 

Where’s Van? He’s been managing some behind the scenes items and will move into spring firewood deliveries soon. He's also looking forward to warm weather, growing hay fields, and more farm projects as we head toward the summer months.

The final news to share – HHF will no longer offer a vacation rental house on the farm. Ty and I are in the process of moving into what was the spare home, previously occupied by Richard & Betsy Webb. We are excited to continue the family legacy while also keeping a closer eye on our farm critters. We hope the move makes farm life slightly easier when we introduce our new addition to the family later this summer. Ready or not, we’re expecting a baby boy at the end of July!


Grass Fed Beef Update

If you visited us late in the sugaring season, you may already know that we are sold out of steaks! We do still have beef available - such as ground beef, roasts, chorizo (taco-seasoned) sausage, italian sausage, and short ribs. We will have a fresh supply of certain cuts available on Memorial Day Weekend. I'll post updates as it gets closer. 

Interested in bulk beef (half or whole cow)? Let us know, and I'll share the details. By the end of this month, I will contact all potential returning customers. If we have open spots after that, I will then contact customers on our waiting list. Our bulk beef is usually available between August and November. 


Looking for firewood to fill up your wood shed after a long cold winter? Contact us by email or phone so we can put you on our list for a firewood delivery. We have green firewood available by the cord at $225 per cord. We also have 1 year old seasoned wood available at $255 per cord. Most local deliveries are free, but contact us to check on your location.

Contact Tyler, our certified arborist, for all your tree care needs! With several major storms this winter, you may find that you have some damaged or vulnerable trees or you're just looking to improve your view or backyard landscape. Tyler offers free consultations for all of your tree pruning, removal, cabling, and/or fertilization needs. 

As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests.

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family 


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com

Posted 3/31/2018 7:12am by Harding Hill Farm.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!

First of all, we can't thank our supporters enough for making Maple Weekend such a success! We enjoyed sharing our farm story, teaching about all things maple, and testing out our farm products on your taste buds. We hope you had a great time with family and friends. Additionally, we had some fantastic help from our own family and friends to serve up samples, ice cream, burgers, and more. Thank you! 

 

Did you miss out on all the fun last weekend? No worries. Visit us today and tomorrow, March 31st and April 1st, for our last open sugarhouse event of the season. Its been an incredibly productive week of syrup-making with fantastic weather sticking around for the weekend. Get that last smell and taste of maple before the season is over. A bonus? We are predicting our maple grade will change over to a Dark Robust, but no promises yet. 

 

So how productive was this week? Well, this late maple update is just one result of it. Since the start of maple weekend, the sap has been running strong. In just 7 days, we made over nearly 185 gallons of maple syrup. That brings our season total to just under 570 gallons as of Friday, March 30th. We certainly would be satisfied if we made that much by the end of the season, but this year promises to keep going into April. Will we break any farm records this year? Maybe! 


Easter Weekend Hours - last chance to visit us!

 
Saturday, March 31st - 10am till 4pm
Sunday, April 1st (Easter!) - 11am till 4pm

Maple Syrup, Candy, Cream, Sugar and Grass fed Beef
available for purchase

  


Are you a fan of our Grass Fed Beef?

We have a variety of retail cuts available for sugaring season right at the sugarhouse. This includes ground beef, roasts, chorizo (taco-seasoned) sausage, and other delicious cuts! Please note: we are sold out of steaks! A fresh supply should be available early summer. If you have a special request or a larger order, contact us by email or phone.

Interested in bulk beef (half or whole cow)? Let us know, and I'll share the details. In April, I will contact all potential returning customers. If we have open spots after that, I will then contact customers on our waiting list. Our bulk beef is usually available between August and November. 


Ty and Van have been working hard in the sugarhouse all week producing that liquid gold. It's been a long one for all of us, but certainly a successful season so far. It hasn't been without its surprises though - like a flat tire on the sap truck, a vacuum pump repair, and boiling till 10pm three nights in a row - but sometimes that's just life on the farm! A special thanks to Richard at Hillside Auto/Osborne's Marine for a quick fix on the pump and truck.

With the weather predicted to give us sun and 50 degrees today, we look forward to seeing more visitors, friends, and family this weekend. 


As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests.

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family 


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com

Posted 3/22/2018 8:36am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!

Maple Weekend at HHF is almost here! We hope you are getting as excited as we are. Our posts on social media are getting a lot of attention, and we hope that means a lot of our fans will make it to the sugarhouse for a fun weekend. Some other big news to share - our little operation was included in this week's CNN Travel article  featuring all things maple in NH and VT. It's exciting to be included with such a great group of family maple operations. We just wish we had time to go visit them all!

 

The weather throughout the week has been less than ideal for maple syrup production. We boiled last weekend on St. Patty's day as planned, and closed up the sugarhouse for a cold, windy day on Sunday. The trees were frozen up all week, but it looks like today might be the day! Temperatures are expected to reach at least the high 30s throughout the Sunapee region for Thursday through Saturday. Keep thinking spring - so we have plenty of sap on hand for Saturday and Sunday.

 

In the meantime, I'll be quite busy in the HHF kitchen preparing the ever popular maple cookies - last year I made 16 dozen! I'll also be throwing together some of our popular beef chorizo, a maple marinated roast or short rib, and ground beef sliders to be served with melted sharp cheddar and hot syrup. Are your taste buds ready yet?

 

Not too much has changed with our maple syrup season total since my last update. We reached 341.5 gallons last Saturday! The maple grade stayed at a Golden, Delicate to wrap up the week. We'll find out this weekend what the cold snap did for our maple grade and production count. Our overall prediction is that it could be a record season for HHF!


Maple Weekend is here!

Please join us on March 24th and 25th for our annual celebration of New Hampshire Maple Weekend. Visit our Facebook Event page for all the details to share with friends and family.

 
March 24th & 25th - Maple Weekend
Celebrate the traditional NH Maple Weekend with HHF!

Saturday, March 24th - 10am till 4pm
special feature - ice cream with hot maple syrup
Sunday, March 25th - 11am till 4pm
special feature - grass fed beef sliders with cheddar and hot syrup

  

Free detailed tours from sap collection to syrup production
Sample hot syrup, maple cookies, and a variety of HHF beef

Maple Syrup, Candy, Cream, Sugar and Grass fed Beef
available for purchase

  

Look for more details on Facebook or our website!

Also a special note: Any money received in our HHF tip jar this weekend will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Kelly's cousin, Heather who was an enthusiastic supporter and helper on the farm over the last several years.

Can't make it out this weekend? No worries.
We are also open for the upcoming Easter Weekend - March 31 & April 1st


Are you a fan of our Grass Fed Beef?

We have a variety of retail cuts available for sugaring season right at the sugarhouse. This includes ground beef, roasts, chorizo (taco-seasoned) sausage, and a limited supply of steaks! If you have a special request or a larger order, help us out by contacting HHF ahead of time for a price list so we can prepare your order ahead of time.


With the sap on hold this week, Ty and Van are back in the woods for a timber harvest amongst all our maple related errands to get ready for the weekend. We dodged the latest snow storm and the calendar says it should be spring - let's hope for those above freezing, sunny days and below freezing nights to get the maple season back into full swing!

 

As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests.

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family 


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com

Posted 3/16/2018 2:44pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!

 If you read last week’s update, you know it’s been quite a successful and consistent season so far. It’s pretty rare that we are boiling sap 6 days out of the week so early in the maple season. Our brief taste of spring certainly was too good to be true. The Sunapee region experienced two Nor’Easters in the past week along with several days of scattered snow showers. We now measure the snow in feet and wonder if those February days of 50 and 60 degree weather ever actually happened. As a result, our trees and sap lines are back in their winter dormancy for now. On the positive side, the snow in the woods is quite pretty and the skiers are happy to get those late season powder days.

  

We did have some sap for a Saturday/Sunday boil last weekend. The warmish weather on Sun/Mon also yielded plenty of sap for a late night boil on Monday night. The season total reached just under 327 gallons of maple syrup late Monday, and that syrup was generated from about 18,000 gallons of sap. The winter weather reset also caused drastic changes to our maple grade. For the first time this season, we made a Golden Delicate syrup (about 21 gallons of it!). We rarely make such a light grade, but we only have limited control over what the trees and the weather give us. I’ve had a lot of great questions recently through social media on the maple grading system. When I have a few moments to put thoughts into action and consult the maple expert (Tyler), I’ll share a future blog post on that subject!

 

Looking ahead to the weekend – Join us for some St. Patty’s day fun at the sugarhouse on Saturday, March 17th. The full crew is back in action, and we stored the minimal amount of sap gathered this week so we can make syrup on Saturday. A slow boil will keep the sugarhouse warm and inviting on what looks to be a chilly, March day. Due to the prolonged cold temperatures through the weekend, we will not open on Sunday, March 18th. We are nearly positive there will be no sap leftover, and that makes for a cold, drafty day in the old sugarhouse!

 
Two weeks ago and this week - Isn't this backwards?

Maple Weekend is almost here!! Please join us on March 24th and 25th for our annual celebration of New Hampshire Maple Weekend. Visit our Facebook Event page for all the details to share with friends and family. 


Upcoming Open Hours at the Sugarhouse...

Looking ahead, mark a few of these upcoming dates on your calendar to join us at the sugarhouse! 

March 17th - Maple Season Continues!
Join us for a bit of St. Patty's Day fun
March 18th - Closed due to Cold Weather

March 24th & 25th - Maple Weekend
Celebrate the traditional NH Maple Weekend with HHF!
Detailed tours and a variety of samples and snacks
Look for more details on Facebook or our website!

Stay tuned with my weekly newsletter/blog and Facebook updates for the latest scoop. 


Are you a fan of our Grass Fed Beef?

We have a variety of retail cuts available for sugaring season right at the sugarhouse. This includes ground beef, roasts, chorizo (taco-seasoned) sausage, and a limited supply of steaks! If you have a special request or a larger order, contact us ahead of time for a price list and availability. 


As we dive back into winter conditions here at the farm, the sap run is mostly on hold and Ty and Van are back in the woods for a timber harvest. The snow depth and cold weather is at least good for keeping the impact minimal in the woods. Looking ahead at next week, we may be in for even more snow! Our sources say spring starts soon, but we shall see. 

Regardless of the weather, our maple weekend celebration will happen next weekend. Stay tuned for my update next week as we prepare for our favorite weekend of the year. Think Spring!

 

As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests.

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family 


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com

Posted 3/8/2018 7:50am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!

You know its good sugaring weather when I can’t even keep up with my weekly updates! For the sake of time, I’m combining my week 2 and week 3 update. It really is incredible how consistent the weather has been since our first boil on February 19th. Since that first day, there's only been four days where we didn’t fire up the evaporator. Last night we took a moment to just be home and settle in for what appears to be the biggest snowstorm of the season. Spring is only two weeks away... right?!

It’s been a tiring season, but we’re making a LOT of syrup. As of Tuesday night, our season total is just over 300 gallons! To put it in perspective, we try to make at least 500 gallons each year. Last year, we finished with 577 gallons. If this weather stays consistent through April, it could be a record season. Keep doing that maple dance… just don’t spill any syrup!  

  

Last weekend was our first advertised open sugarhouse. Thanks to all the friends, family, and other visitors that showed up to share in the early season fun! It was a busy Saturday followed by a slower but steady crowd on Sunday. The early season always gives us more quality time to visit with people around the evaporator. We've been making a delicious Dark Robust syrup, and many could attest to how amazing that hot syrup is right out of the canner. Tyler and I also shared some fun news with many of our returning customers… can you figure it out from the picture below?

Update for this coming weekend: Due to a family obligation, Tyler and I will not be at the sugarhouse on Saturday. However, we are still open for normal hours. Van and Robin are going to re-live the 1980s and 1990s while keeping the sugarhouse running! There might be a learning curve with our retail sales technology, but they are up to the task. We also recruited Faith to help with IT support just in case. It should be a great day to enjoy the fresh snow either on the slopes or in the woods, but be sure to stop in for an ‘apres’ shot of warm maple syrup. Also of note for this weekend only - grass fed beef is only available on Sunday. 

Haven’t had time for your annual sugarhouse visit? Don’t worry, there's plenty of sugar season ahead! We plan to be open to the public every weekend in March. Our typical hours are 10am till 4pm on Saturday and 11am till 4pm on Sunday. For the most current updates, be sure to find us on Facebook.


Upcoming Open Hours at the Sugarhouse...

Looking ahead, mark a few of these upcoming dates on your calendar to join us at the sugarhouse! 

March 9th & 10th - Maple Season is in full swing
Visit Van, Robin, and Faith as they take over operations on Saturday!

March 17th & 18th - Maple Season Continues!
Join us for a bit of St. Patty's Day fun

March 24th & 25th - Maple Weekend
Celebrate the traditional NH Maple Weekend with HHF!
Detailed tours and a variety of samples and snacks
Look for more details on Facebook!

Stay tuned with my weekly newsletter/blog and Facebook updates for the latest scoop. 


Are you a fan of our Grass Fed Beef?

We have a variety of retail cuts available for sugaring season. If you have a special request or a larger order, contact us ahead of time for a price list and availability. 


We enjoyed the sun earlier this week, but it looks like the snow is back! While we wait out the storm, just keep thinking of that spring warmth as we look ahead to the rest of maple and mud season. 


Sunny day naptime in the fresh shavings!

As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests.

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family 


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com

Posted 2/24/2018 9:04am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!

Based on the past couple years, wild weather seems to be the new trend for maple season in the northeast. Back in early February... we spent far too much time looking into the long term forecast. It seemed like a 'traditional' winter was back, and we planned to start tapping around Valentine's Day. It should be a gradual start to the season with plenty of time to get ready. That prediction did not play out as planned!

Tyler began tapping on February 13th with two of our part-time employees, Andrew and Brendan. Our maple dog, Acer, helped supervise. Despite the cycles of snow and rain, the woods still require snowshoes to trudge through the 6 to 12 inches of snowpack. It took about a week to get our woods fully tapped, longer than usual, but we installed new drop lines. Drop lines connect the plastic tubing to the tap that goes into the tree. We replace these every four years to ensure good quality sap. 

  

We started collecting sap on February 15th, with only a portion of our woods tapped. Our first boil of the season was on Monday, February 19th... which happens to be the same start date as last year! We only had enough sap to get the system running smoothly and sweeten the pans on the first night. On February 20th, we made our first batch of 2018 maple syrup, making a total of 23.75 gallons that night. As a fun comparison, we actually made 23.5 gallons on the same day last year! 

  

We kept the trend going, boiling Monday through Thursday this past week, and yes we did hit nearly 70 degrees for a daytime high temperature on Wednesday! Luckily, temperatures went back down to the freezing mark that night followed by a couple inches of fresh snow on Thursday. Did I mention wild weather? As of Friday morning, we collected a total of 3,825 gallons of sap this season and made just under 63 gallons of a delicious Amber Rich syrup. The sugar content of our sap has been around 1.9% which takes about 46 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. 

 

The colder temperatures on Friday did not yield much sap, but we do have partially full tanks this morning. We are not officially open this weekend, but check our Facebook page and/or drive by and look for steam. If we are boiling, you're welcome to stop in. With a high of 41 degrees and sun today, the sap is running!


Upcoming Open Hours at the Sugarhouse...

Looking ahead, mark a few of these upcoming dates on your calendar to join us at the sugarhouse! 

March 3rd & 4th - Kick off the Maple Season
Our first official open house of the season
*Join us for a fun Harding Hill Farm announcement*

Mark your calendar for every weekend in March!

March 24th & 25th - Maple Weekend
Celebrate the traditional NH Maple Weekend with HHF!
Detailed tours and a variety of samples and snacks

Stay tuned with my weekly newsletter/blog and Facebook updates for the latest scoop. 


Are you a fan of our Grass Fed Beef?

We have a variety of retail cuts available for sugaring season. The freezer will be full at the sugarhouse starting on March 3rd! If you have a special request or a larger order, contact us ahead of time for a price list and availability. 


We hope to see many of you during our maple season. It’s a time of year to celebrate the winter thaw and visit with friends, family and neighbors. Back at the main farm, the cows are pretty excited about the warmer weather too. 


A winter visitor has fun with our calf, Osceola!

As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests.

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family 


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com

Posted 10/16/2017 7:46pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

This time of year brings many projects to finish before the cold months arrive. Fall also ushers in a fresh supply of HHF meats, and we are looking to clean out the barn freezers. Please join us this weekend for our meat sale and open house! It's also a chance for our many friends and neighbors to visit with the Belted Galloway herd and our pigs too.

 


HHF Meat Sale & Open House

Join us on
Saturday, October 21st from 9am till 2pm
at our farm at 524 Stagecoach Road in Sunapee
 
 
 
Visit with our Belted Galloway herd
Check out our pasture-raised pigs
See the recent renovations of our main barn
Try a sample of our HHF beef and maple cookies
 
All HHF pork is marked down - limited supply!
Grass Fed Ground Beef is $0.50 off per pound
Only Five Winter Beef Packages available - save 10% off retail!
 - includes ground beef, sausage, stew meat, and a roast
 
 
 
Don't forget about our Maple Syrup!
We will have a supply of plastic containers and select glass containers,
including our signature Lake Sunapee bottle. 
 
Share our event on Facebook at HHF Meat Sale

 

We certainly hope you can make it this weekend. Stay tuned for more fall updates and the return of our regular monthly newsletters. 

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com

Posted 7/10/2017 9:27am by Harding Hill Farm.

It has been nearly a year since we gathered on the farm and in the woods to bid farewell to 'Pop' (Richard H Webb). We now anticipate another week of homecoming for the extended Webb Family as we say goodbye to an important founder of Harding Hill Farm.  

Just a short couple weeks ago, we lost our beloved Elizabeth T Webb, affectionately known as 'Gram' or to many others as 'Betsy'. She often provided a place to sit down, take a break, divulge in a sweet treat, and tell her about our adventures. She was our endless support system, always interested in our projects and seemingly crazy ideas. We gather later this week with family and friends to celebrate her life, legacy, and influence on the farm and woods we share with many. 


Harding Hill Farm - 1952

Elizabeth Thomas Webb passed away peacefully on June 23, 2017. Born Elizabeth Alden Thomas on October 4, 1920 in Islip, New York, she attended St. Agnes School in Albany and then Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City. Summers were spent in Thetford, Vermont where she was a counselor at Camp Hanoun. She worked in New York City for several years until meeting and marrying Richard H. Webb in 1951. Together they established a home and small farm in Sunapee where she raised 6 children and helped run the farm.

 
Van Webb & Betsy Webb - 1969 &  in later years - Dick & Betsy at a family wedding

Her love of the ocean and spending time with family led to many summers spent camping on Cape Cod or traveling as a fairly large group to other places. They continued to travel for many years, sometimes visiting family and sometimes taking family with them. Upon the birth of their first grandchild they became Grammy and Pops to all who knew them well and they loved watching their grandchildren grow to young adulthood.

 

She was a member of several organizations in the area and was particularly active with the United Methodist Women, the preservation of the Old Town Hall/Harbor House Livery building, and the Sunapee Thrift Store.

She is survived by six children and their spouses: Tom and Jackie Webb, Portland, OR; Paul Webb and Lisa Hall, Palm Coast, FL; Brad and Andrea Webb, Hightstown, NJ; Van and Robin Webb, Sunapee, NH; Tom and Faith Reney, Sunapee, NH; Bayard Webb and Lyle Engler, Reno, NV and eleven grandchildren.


Harding Hill Farm - Webb Family 2014

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 15th at 11:00 am with a reception to follow, located at:

Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church
Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH 03782

There will also be a graveside service at the South Cemetery on Harding Hill Road in Sunapee at 1:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunapee Heritage Alliance, PO Box 72, Sunapee, NH 03782.

Posted 5/10/2017 9:19am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

I think there might be just one word to describe the weather lately – soggy! It feels as if we entered another climate after nearly a year of drought conditions. The daffodils are flourishing, and my fingers are crossed that the early veggies end up germinating in the farm garden. Meanwhile, Mother Nature has put a stop to most spring activities – with mud, mud and more mud. The rain showers are persistent, with only a few periods of sunshine this past week. Dare I even say we spotted some snow flakes? The grass is green, and with a little sunshine (at some point!), should take off quickly. We get anxious this time of year to turn the cows out on pasture, but to maintain our fields, it is always wiser to wait for more growth. The cows are tempted too… sticking their head through the fence where they can. The good news is no need to weed whack the corral edges for now.

 

Another sign of spring – the arrival of piglets! For the third year in a row, we are raising a group of piglets on a pasture rotation system at the farm. We struggled this year to find a good source of piglets. Our usual source had small litter sizes, and we’ve been on the hunt for another farm. Luckily, we found them locally, and they arrived last Saturday. We enjoy raising the heritage breeds, and this year they are a cross between American Spotted and Duroc. Last year, our pig names came from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Everyone has been asking, what will we name them this year? With all those spots, I had to name them after the 101 Dalmations! Considering our lower pig numbers this year, we will not be selling retail cuts in the fall. Our fall bulk pork orders are already sold out as well.


Meet Perdita, Pongo, Patch, Lucky, and Rolly Poly.

With Van and Robin on another adventure in Europe, Tyler and I have taken over the farmhouse to keep watch on all the critters and streamline things a bit. This past weekend was weaning time for our fall calves. It shouldn’t be too bad we said, considering we left them together far longer than our expected 6 months. Around dinner time on Saturday, all was quiet and the Beltie cows were happily eating their fresh bales of hay. Who were we kidding? About every two hours, I woke up to mooing and more mooing. All I can say is… Van and Robin, you are welcome! And our neighbors, well we’re sorry! Luckily, after a few nights of minimal sleep, all is well in the barnyard and the animals are looking much more relaxed.


Dreaming of those sunny days on pasture...

If you are looking to satisfy your Memorial Day weekend menus, contact us to schedule a meat order pickup. We have a selection of grass fed beef, pasture-raised pork, and maple syrup available for sale.


Firewood

Firewood (green) is available now! Our price this year is $225 per cord, cut and delivered. We will let you know if your location requires a delivery charge. Contact us now to reserve your order. We sell out every year! 


HHF Tree Care Services - contact our arborist

Spring has arrived in the Sunapee region. Spring tree projects are already underway! Tyler is meeting with clients for consultations and booking 2017 tree services. Email or give us a call to schedule a free consultation and quote. Tyler, a certified arborist, offers tree pruning, removal, cabling, and fertilization.

 


Maple Syrup Updates

Don't forget! We offer maple syrup for sale by order to be picked up at the farm throughout the year. If you need advice on shipping, we can certainly give you an estimate. Contact us for the latest price sheet and availability of containers. You can also find our syrup in several stores in the Sunapee region.

Looking for a wedding or event favor?
Maple syrup can be a great addition to your sweet day! We offer custom design bottles for your special event. Contact us for details and pricing.

 


Grass Fed Beef - fresh supply coming in June

We will be replenishing the supply by mid-May! Interested in purchasing by the cut? Contact us for the latest availability and prices, and we arrange a convenient time for you to pick up your order at our farm on Stagecoach Road in Sunapee. Currently we have plenty of ground beef, sausage, and a limited selection of steaks and other cuts.

For our bulk beef buyers - I will be contacting our repeat customers this week. Please let us know if you are interested in a half or whole cow in 2017 or beyond.


We are hoping to see more green in our pastures after this rain is done! Signs of spring keep appearing on the farm with asparagus starting to peak out above the soil. Peas, spinach, and other greens are started in the garden, and Robins flowers are off to a great start indoors. Happy Spring!

As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/hardinghillfarmnh

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com

Posted 4/19/2017 7:40pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

Well folks, it’s been another successful season… and a long one! We tapped our maple trees at the traditional time in mid-February. The remainder of the 2017 maple season was far from traditional. We made more syrup in the month of February than any other season in our 50+ year record at 172.5 gallons. March came in like a lion, bringing back mid-winter conditions and temperatures below freezing. Our retail weekends were challenging to start the typical maple month with the subzero weather. With frozen pipes and lack of sap, we adapted our typical open house times. For the NH Maple Weekend celebration, temperatures moderated slightly but it snowed, sleeted, rained… something fell from the sky! Van and Robin even joined us to keep production running smoothly and assure visitors had a warm shot of syrup and a maple cookie as they headed out the door. Also, Brendan was working hard to keep the evaporator running so Tyler could spend time giving tours. 

  

Shortly after maple weekend, we were in for another change. The April Fool’s day snow storm dropped at least 16 inches of snow on the farm. It even fooled us as we fumbled to put the plow back on the sap truck, get the sugarhouse cleared out, and operate on somewhat of a normal maple schedule. The following week, as if Mother Nature flipped a switch, sugaring went into high gear as temperatures warmed and the sap flowed. In the 12 days of April before the season ended, we made 223.5 gallons of maple syrup which is 39% of our crop. Surely that explains why it took me a week to pull myself together enough to write this wrap up! 

 

 Here are some stats for you to ponder:

Total sap collected: 26,450 gallons
Average sugar content: 1.9%
Average gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup: 45 gallons
Maple season start to finish: 52 days
Number days we actually boiled sap: 25 days
Total gallons maple syrup produced: 577.5 gallons (best total ever! 2016 was just shy at 575)
Maple Syrup Production by month: Feb – 30%, Mar – 31%, Apr – 39% 

The biggest surprise of all this season: our incredible local community – customers, friends, and family. Despite the weather challenges, you visited the sights and smells of the HHF sugarhouse, and we had our annual chat around the evaporator. Tyler and I were fortunate enough to get a couple of spring skiing days in right after the season wrapped up – nothing like some sunny, slushy moguls to recharge the spirit! This week, we are pulling taps, rinsing lines, and preparing the maple trees for a long rest. Now we transition to winter cleanup and spring projects – such as spreading manure with a view!


Firewood Orders

Once we finish up sugaring, we start delivery of firewood orders. Get your 2017 order in now! For 14" to 24" length green firewood, the 2017 price is $225 per cord. If you are interested, contact us with your name and address to get on the list. We will let you know ahead of time if your location requires an added delivery charge. 


Need some Tree Work done at your home? 

Spring has arrived in the Sunapee region. It's the time of year for spring clean up, including tree care! Tyler is now meeting with clients for consultations and booking 2017 tree services. If you have some trees that may need to be looked at, contact us to schedule a free consultation and quote. Tyler is a certified arborist offering tree pruning, removal, cabling, and fertilization. 


On Farm Lodging available at Harding Hill Farm!

Are you or someone you know looking for lodging in the Lake Sunapee region this spring/summer? We have a rental home on our farm - a great place to get away with the whole family!

For more details, visit our website at www.hardinghillfarmnh.com.

The Lake Sunapee region has a lot to offer in the summer with nearby lakes, beaches, hiking, biking, and much more! We certainly hope this home continues to be a great gathering place for many families and friends.


Still need to stock up on maple syrup? Maybe some local beef or pork? Don't worry! You can contact us directly any time of year to place an order for pick up at the farm. You can also find our syrup on the shelves at several local retailers. 

As always contact us with any questions, price sheets, or order requests.

Thank you again for your support, 

~ The Webb Family


~Harding Hill Farm~
524 Stagecoach Road
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone: 603-863-6493
Email: hardinghillfarmnh@gmail.com
Visit: www.hardinghillfarmnh.com