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Harding Hill Farm May Newsletter

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