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Posted 3/3/2017 7:13am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

We definitely could not have predicted how this sugaring season began. In just a week and a half (2/20 - 3/1), we made nearly 200 gallons of maple syrup! Each day that we boiled, we made between 20 and 35 gallons per day. The weather fluctuations have been amazing, and we do not particularly like it (60 degrees in Feb!)... but the trees have kept producing despite it all. Mother Nature has sent us back into a cold, mid-winter weather pattern through the weekend. We have about 1200 gallons of sap on reserve for the weekend events, but the sap won't run until we get above freezing again. 

 

Some of you may not realize that we have been without one very important piece of the Harding Hill crew for the past week - Van! Van and Robin are off touring Switzerland with youngest daughter, Rosie, who is on study abroad. Van usually trucks sap and helps with sugarhouse start-up and the evening cleaning as needed. We (Tyler and Kelly) have been on quite the schedule between regular farm chores and all aspects of sugaring. Lucky for us, our hired hand - Brendan, was on February vacation this week, and he really stepped up to the plate. If you see him at the sugarhouse, give him a pat on the back. He put in a lot of late hours with Ty making sure the evaporator was running smoothly - not a bad work ethic for 16 years old. Paul Howe, photographer, also made sure Brendan got some recognition on the cover of the New London Intertown Record this week.

Season totals as of our last boil on March 1st - we collected over 10,000 gallons of sap ranging from 1.6% to 2.3% sugar content. The sap averaged 1.8% sugar which takes about 48 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. The maple syrup count is up to 197.5 gallons of liquid gold. Our records show that we have never made more than 50 gallons of syrup before March 1st in the history of the Webb Family sugaring operation - that's over 50 years! The maple grade changes are also drastic - with changes from a Dark Robust to an Amber Rich within the same day of boiling. The changes are largely due to the extreme temperature fluctuations - 20 degrees to 60 degrees in the same day, for example.

 

We have all size plastic containers available for sale with our regular March hours beginning this weekend. We also have a selection of glass maple leaves and our signature Lake Sunapee bottles. Rule of thumb is if you see steam rolling out, just stop by for a sample or purchase. See below for an update on our actual open hours.


Maple Month is here!

Saturday, March 4th ~ 10am till 4pm
Sunday, March 5th ~ 11am till 4pm

Join us this weekend for a taste of spring as you had from the cold weather. The evaporator room will be nice and warm! We also have a selection of Grass Fed Beef and remaining pork available for sale.

Mark your calendars for every weekend in March. We will be open 10am till 4pm on Saturdays, and 11am till 4pm on Sundays. The traditional NH Maple Weekend celebration is March 25th and 26th, and we will be set up for more detailed tours and lots of maple and beef samples! Check out the Facebook Event and please share with your friends.

 

**Don't forget - Our sugarhouse is located at 131 Route 103 in Sunapee just below the Wendell Vet Clinic. Make sure you do not follow our farm address to Stagecoach Road. 


Grass Fed Beef and Pasture-Raised Pork

Looking to stock your freezer or just need ideas for dinner, come see us at the sugarhouse for a selection of Harding Hill meat. We will have our popular steaks, ground beef, sausage, and more! We also have a limited selection of pork - get your bacon, ham steaks, and boneless pork chops while it lasts!

Complete price lists and availability are available by email request. If you have a large order or are looking for a specific cut, contact us by email or phone (603-504-4121) so we have it ready for you at the sugarhouse. 


It’s a time of year to celebrate the winter thaw and visit with friends, family and neighbors. Please join us for taste of spring and the sweet smell of boiling sap this weekend. Stay tuned for weekly updates and if you see steam rolling out at the sugarhouse, stop by and say hello!

  

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 2/24/2017 8:44am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

Maple sugaring is here! This is the first of my weekly updates for the maple season. The weather has taken us for a wild ride – with several feet of snow to near 60 degree temps within just two weeks. While we typically hope sugaring does not start until around March 1st, we were pushed to get our act together a bit early. Luckily we had already started tapping on February 11th, before some of the deep snow arrived. On February 17th, Ty and Acer trudged through the deep snow to tap the last round of trees. We have a total of 1,305 taps this year, and as temperatures rose over the past week, the sap began to run. All hands were on deck over the weekend as Ty, Van, Sam, and Brendan helped set up the sugarhouse and fine tune the vacuum system in the woods. On Sunday night, the sap tank was approaching full and we pumped our first load for transport to the sugarhouse.

 
 

 We boiled on Monday, and we were back at it on Wednesday and Thursday nights. We also had our first anonymous call to the fire department this season, and the chief was happy enough to see that we were just making syrup!

 

Season totals as of last night show that we collected 4,085 gallons of sap ranging from 1.6% to 2.3% sugar content. We averaged 1.8% sugar which takes about 48 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. Low sugar can be normal for the first week of the season as we like to be closer to 40 to 1. We made just over 69 gallons of an ‘Amber Rich’ maple syrup since Monday. Plenty of quarts and other size bottles are available for sale starting this weekend. Rule of thumb is if you see steam rolling out, just stop by for a sample or purchase. See below for an update on our actual open hours.


Early Start - Open Hours at the Sugarhouse

Come visit us in the sugarhouse this Saturday! We will only be open on Sunday if we have enough sap.

Saturday, February 25th ~ 11am till 4pm
Sunday, February 26th ~ Tentative (check Facebook or call)

Our regular season open houses and sugarhouse hours will start on March 4th and 5th. Mark your calendars for every weekend in March. We will be open 10am till 4pm on Saturdays, and 11am till 4pm on Sundays. The traditional NH Maple Weekend celebration is March 25th and 26th, and we will be set up for more detailed tours and lots of maple and beef samples! Check out the Facebook Event and please share with your friends.

 

**Don't forget - Our sugarhouse is located at 131 Route 103 in Sunapee just below the Wendell Vet Clinic. Make sure you do not follow our farm address to Stagecoach Road. 


Timber Harvesting & Tree Services

Van & Tyler are currently logging on a contracted job in Croydon – cutting mainly large pine and ash trees. More recently, we are focused on cutting ash trees due to the threat of the invasive insect, Emerald Ash Borer. The February warm-up is negatively impacting logging jobs as mud builds up on the trails. We are hoping the frost will hold over the next couple weeks to get our job completed and site cleaned up with limited impact.

All tree care projects are on hold until our maple season is completed around mid-April. Thank you to all the past and current customers that continue to support us. Looking for a consultation? Contact us and Tyler will schedule a visit as time allows.

If you are interested in 2017 firewood orders, please contact us as soon as possible. We begin deliveries after maple season, and we usually sell out every year.

 


 

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. Next week, I will give more updates on beef and pork availability. Stay tuned for weekly updates and if you see steam rolling out at the sugarhouse, stop by and say hello!

   

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 12/22/2016 12:36pm by The Webb Family.

Happy Holidays from the Farm!

Season's Greetings from Harding Hill Farm!

We wish all of our customers, friends, and family a fantastic holiday season. Thank you for supporting us!

~ The Webb Family ~

Also - If you need any last minute syrup, beef, or pork, contact us by email or phone. We are available at various times on the 23rd and 24th. We will not be available Christmas Day or the day after.  


 

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

Posted 12/4/2016 7:07am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

The holiday season has arrived here on the farm! Robin has strung up the Christmas garland and lights at the farmhouse, and we have been getting things tidied up before the first significant snowfall arrives. As a family of skiers, we are keeping a close eye on the snowmaking progress from our view of Mount Sunapee. We are hoping to see more white on those trails soon! 

 

Some of you also may have noticed our larger herd of Belted Galloways. Two more future moms joined the herd last month - Caroline and Cally. Our visiting young man, Bendelle, is taking his job seriously as he roams the pasture with his ladies. We are hoping for 6 healthy calves late next summer.

 

This time of year also means our freezers are full! We are fully stocked with Grass Fed Beef and the majority of our 2016 pasture-raised pork cuts. Bacon and ham should be coming back from the smoker this month. Be sure to place your order to reserve your favorites. This is the only time of year that we typically have a full selection. Contact us for a price list and let us know your holiday needs.

We hope many of you will be able to attend our 3rd annual Holiday Open Sugarhouse! We will be open Saturday, Dec 9th 10am till 4pm and Sunday, Dec 10th 10am till 2pm with plenty of holiday spirit. We will offer tours as we boil water in the evaporator and hand out hot samples of our maple syrup. Visitors are also welcome to try a variety of beef and pork samples prepared with HHF meats. We will have a full supply of beef, pork, and maple syrup gifts available for sale. Hope to see you there!


HHF Holiday Open Sugarhouse

Join us for our 3rd Annual Holiday Open Sugarhouse!

Saturday, Dec 10th ~ 10am till 4pm
Sunday, Dec 11th ~ 10am till 2pm 

   

We will have hot syrup samples along with samples of HHF meats (sausage meatballs, short ribs, and more!). Don't forget about our maple cookies too! Syrup gifts, grass fed beef, and pasture-raised pork will all be available for sale. We will also be offering a sale on our grass fed filet mignon! Take a tour of the sugarhouse while you're here. We will boil water in the evaporator to keep things warm and full of holiday cheer. Hope to see you there!

 

**Don't forget - Our sugarhouse is located on Route 103 in Sunapee just below the Wendell Vet Clinic. Make sure you don't follow our farm address to stagecoach rd. 

Be sure to visit the event on the HHF Facebook page.


Maple Syrup this Holiday Season

Maple syrup makes a great holiday gift! We offer maple syrup for sale by order to be picked up at the farm throughout the year. If you are interested in 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 – including Kathan Gardens in Newport, Spring Ledge Farm and Gourmet Gardens in New London.

 


Harding Hill Farm Tree Services

Tyler is still busy completing all of your fall tree care projects. It has been his busiest and most successful season yet in the Sunapee region. Thank you to all the past and current customers that continue to support us. If you have a signed contract, Tyler should be contacting you to schedule your job. Looking for a consultation? Contact us and Tyler will schedule a visit. Any new projects will most likely not be completed until Spring.



On Farm Lodging available at Harding Hill Farm

Our on-farm lodging is rented for the entire 2016-2017 ski season. Please contact us if you are interested in staying with us next year! Availability begins in April.

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

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


   

Once again, we hope to see many of you at our Holiday Open Sugar House on Dec 10th and 11th. We will have plenty of holiday samples to share - including maple cookies, sausage meatballs, pulled pork, and more! Our maple syrup in a variety of glass containers also makes a great holiday gift.

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 11/6/2016 7:49am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

It’s hard to believe we are in November already! The weeks have been flying by here at the farm as we move toward the winter months. Our fencing project is finally complete for the year. Our beltie herd is growing, with our last belted Galloway calf of the year born at the beginning of October.

 

The belties are happily grazing their fall pastures with their new boyfriend, Bandelle. Our May calves are all grown up and grazing in a pasture of their own with some other older calves. It was a loud couple weeks as we weaned Mayday and Bond and introduced some new cattle we purchased. To our benefit, we received some rain and pastures have greened up in certain places.

 

Our pigs left for the butcher at the end of October. We even made sure to let them ‘pig out’ on pumpkins in their last days. They also did some great work on some brushy pasture areas. It’s amazing how strong a pig’s snout is! Get ready for some fresh pork to be available in Nov/Dec. We have also re-stocked our beef supply. Contact us for a current price list.

We hope many of you will be able to attend our 3rd annual Holiday Open Sugarhouse! We will be open Saturday, Dec 9th 10am till 4pm and Sunday, Dec 10th 10am till 2pm with plenty of holiday spirit. We will offer tours as we boil water in the evaporator and hand out hot samples of our maple syrup. Visitors are also welcome to try a variety of beef and pork samples prepared with HHF meats. We will have a full supply of beef, pork, and maple syrup gifts available for sale. Hope to see you there!


HHF Holiday Open Sugarhouse

Join us for our 3rd Annual Holiday Open Sugarhouse!

Saturday, Dec 10th ~ 10am till 4pm
Sunday, Dec 11th ~ 10am till 2pm 

   

We will have hot syrup samples along with samples of HHF meats (sausage meatballs, short ribs, and more!). Don't forget about our maple cookies too! Syrup gifts, grass fed beef, and pasture-raised pork will all be available for sale. We will also be offering a sale on our grass fed filet mignon! Take a tour of the sugarhouse while you're here. We will boil water in the evaporator to keep things warm and full of holiday cheer. Hope to see you there!

**Don't forget - Our sugarhouse is located on Route 131 in Sunapee just below the Wendell Vet Clinic. Make sure you don't follow our farm address to stagecoach rd. 

Be sure to visit the event on the HHF Facebook page.


Grass Fed Beef and Pasture Raised Pork

The freezers are getting quite full on the farm, and we have a full supply of grass fed beef and pasture-raised pork. Note: Bacon and smoked ham will not be available until December. Customers are welcome to contact us now to set aside a pre-order of our meat. We arrange a convenient time for you to pick up your order at our farm on Stagecoach Road in Sunapee. You can also pre-order for pickup during our Holiday Open Sugarhouse. Please contact us by email to request a complete price list.


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 are interested in 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 – including Spring Ledge Farm and Gourmet Gardens in New London.



Sunapee Turkey Trot

Looking to burn off some calories before a big Thanksgiving dinner? If you are in the area, join us in Sunapee Harbor for the annual Sunapee Turkey Trot! Harding Hill Farm will once again be a leading sponsor - our maple syrup nips are available to participants and maple syrup prizes are given to the winners. We hope to see you there!

For more info or to register, visit - http://sunapeeturkeytrot.com/ or their Facebook event

 


Harding Hill Farm Tree Services

Tyler is still busy completing all of your fall tree care projects. It has been his busiest and most successful season yet in the Sunapee region. Thank you to all the past and current customers that continue to support us. If you have a signed contract, Tyler should be contacting you to schedule your job. Looking for a consultation? Contact us and Tyler will schedule a visit. Any new projects will most likely not be completed until Spring.



On Farm Lodging available at Harding Hill Farm

Our on-farm lodging is rented for the entire 2016-2017 ski season. Please contact us if you are interested in staying with us next year! Availability begins in April.

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

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


  

It’s that time of year when we put our slow cooker to good use in the HHF kitchen. After doing evening chores in the barn, it’s great to have a hot meal waiting. Check out my recent HHF Maple Pulled Pork recipe and fun leftovers ideas

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 9/22/2016 7:13pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

I'll admit, I definitely lagged behind on getting some newsletter updates out to our fans this summer! We have had a lot happening here on the farm, and we are excited to welcome the fall weather. If you haven’t already heard (see Thoughts on a Not so Rainy Evening), we have been under some seriously dry conditions in New Hampshire. Our pastures are not as lush as they should be, but we were able to make plenty of baleage (fermented grass) to feed our cows through the winter and supplement our pasture until things grow. Luckily, we received an inch or more of rain this past week. Hopefully the wet weather will give a much needed boost to our pastures going into fall.

 

Meanwhile our cows and pigs continue to be well-fed and growing! Our pigs are over 200 pounds each, and our May calves have grown tremendously. This month, we welcomed a newborn bull calf out of our favorite cow, Zeiki (shhh! Don’t tell the others). We are awaiting one more arrival from our Belted Galloway moms before the end of the month. I cannot take enough cute calf photos, visit our Facebook Page to get your fix.

 

It’s that time of year when our herd starts dwindling from our summer pasture on Harding Hill Road. We are doing our best to meet demands for grass fed beef. HHF beef is still available as retail cuts by order at the farm. We work to arrange a convenient pick up time for you. At this time, we are very limited on steaks. Contact us for a current inventory and price list. For those of you with bulk orders of beef and pork, start cleaning out those freezers! Bulk beef orders will arrive the beginning of October. Bulk pork orders will be available in November. Look for an email from us soon – including cut sheets and pickup times.

Lastly, Tyler’s favorite topic… let’s talk about trees! Thanks to all of our fantastic customers, it has been a successful spring/summer for tree services at HHF. It’s always exciting to get great reviews and referrals from past clients. We are doing our best to keep up with demand in the Lake Sunapee Region. If you have trees in need of some attention, please contact us for a consultation. Tyler is booking out several weeks at this point, and he usually completes his work for the season in December before moving on to winter timber harvests.


Grass Fed Beef - fresh supply coming late fall

Interested in purchasing by the cut? Contact us for the latest availability and prices. We arrange a convenient time for you to pick up your order at our farm on Stagecoach Road in Sunapee. As many of you know, we are running low on many cuts of steak due to high demand. We will be replenishing the supply just in time for our Holiday Open House in December! More details to follow as it gets closer. 

 

For our bulk beef buyers – Pickups will be arranged for October. All of the 2016 slots for whole and half cows have been filled. Contact us early if you are interested in beef for the 2017 season.


Pasture-Raised Pork available later this fall

Due to high demand, we doubled our pig numbers going into this year. Our eight pigs are thriving in a rotational pasture system. Most recently, we have been rotating them through a clear-cut area filled with stumps, and these pigs are doing a great job of rooting things up. They are also filling up on garden extras and apple drops. We will have pasture-raised pork ready for customers in November. We also have made some changes for smoking bacon and ham (think maple and hickory, yum!). We are looking forward to these delicious changes. Let us know if you want to be on our waiting list for retail cuts. They will sell fast!

 

For our bulk pork buyers – Cut sheets will be sent by mid-October. Pickups will be arranged in November. All of the 2016 slots for whole and half pigs have been filled. We will have a selection of retail cuts available in time for our Holiday Open House in December. Contact us early if you are interested in bulk pork for the 2017 season.  


Maple Syrup Updates

 The maple trees are getting ready to put on a colorful show in New Hampshire. Don't forget! We offer maple syrup for sale by order to be picked up at the farm throughout the year. If you are interested in 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 – including Spring Ledge Farm and Gourmet Gardens in New London.

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.

 


Firewood

Firewood (green) is available for order and delivery at $255 per cord. There is also some seasoned wood available at $295 per cord. Contact us now to reserve your order. We are close to being sold out on our green firewood!


Need some Tree Work done at your home?

Summer is coming to an end in Sunapee, but fall can be a great time to address your tree needs before winter. If you have some trees that may need to be looked at, contact us to schedule a free consultation and quote. Tyler, a certified arborist, offers 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? We have a rental home on our farm with fall availability - a great place to get away with the whole family and enjoy the fall foliage! For more details, visit our website at HHF On Farm Rental.

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


  

 We are hoping that Mother Nature brings some rain to New Hampshire soon! Signs of fall foliage are beginning to show in the region, and it may turn fast in a dry year. As the cool weather arrives, we are harvesting/freezing the last of the summer vegetables from the farm garden. I’m especially enjoying out butternut squash and potatoes while they last, even better served with an HHF steak.

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 9/14/2016 6:15pm by The Webb Family.

A somewhat rainy, overcast evening… how many of those have we had this summer?! As I sit here and think about how behind I am on blogging/website and farm tasks, I also think of the need to be optimistic and not too hard on ourselves. Farming can be rewarding yet relentless in that no matter how hard we work… there is always something else to do. Sometimes it is hard to gain perspective, to let yourself off the hook, and to look at the bigger picture.


Dreaming of rain... taken earlier this summer

We have suffered some distinct losses this summer. The passing of the late Richard H Webb, the patriarch and custodian of this farm and woods, came sooner than we may have expected. It has left an effect on this place, but it also urges us to carry on and put our best foot forward, hoping to follow in the footsteps of this incredible caretaker of the land. You can read more in my earlier post – Reflection on Life, Love, and a Legacy.

 

Then there are those daily matters… not enough hours in the day, the cows are out, the electric fence doesn’t have enough grounding, not enough rain, the pasture isn’t growing, the pigs are eating too much, the cows are due to calve in later than we expected, our Acer dog has an emergency vet visit, and the list goes on. Life can be exhausting, but the hard work pays off at some point. Remember perspective?

 
Feeding stored grass in August... definitely not a normal summer!

So far this summer, Tyler and his hired hand have installed nearly 2000 feet of perimeter fencing for our animals. Not an easy task considering the ledge we have to deal with. Earlier this spring, we introduced the beginnings of our Belted Galloway cattle herd. Three of our cows gave birth to three healthy calves, and one is on its way soon! We are raising twice as many pigs as last year. The local demand for tree services has increased significantly, and Tyler was able to finance a new truck specifically for tree care and hauling chips. Despite the dry conditions, we are lucky enough to have stored grass to feed our cows. We have also gotten the occasional rain that keeps missing the majority of southern NH. Our animals are well fed, our people are well fed, and we contribute as much as possible to keep our Sunapee farm and forest looking beautiful. Not much to complain about when we look at things that way!

 

In closing, I encourage you all to gain some perspective. Go for a walk in the woods. I highly recommend a certain piece of woods in Sunapee… Webb Forest off Harding Hill Road.

Enjoy nature. There is a lot to be grateful for in this world.


An Evening Trail Run in Webb Forest

Posted 7/10/2016 7:58am by The Webb Family.

 

It has been a week of reflection for the Webb family. We lost a beloved patriarch - a man that developed the farm and woods as we know it. Words can not fully express our sense of loss. However it has been a week of homecoming for family - filled with time with 'Gram', family dinners, walks in the woods, gardening, farm projects, and appreciating those around us. Richard H Webb, otherwise known as 'Dick' or affectionately as 'Pop' will live on forever in this place we know as the farm and forest he nurtured. 

"Whose woods these are I think I know" ~ Robert Frost


Richard H Webb
(July 31, 1921 - July 6, 2016)

The Webb family lost their beloved patriarch on July 6, 2016. Richard Humphrey Webb was born July 31, 1921 in New York City, the youngest son of Vanderbilt and Aileen Webb. He attended Groton School and Yale University before serving in WWII where he was awarded the Purple Heart and two Oak Leaf Clusters. In 1948 he made Harding Hill Farm in Sunapee, NH his home. In 1951 he married Elizabeth Alden Thomas and together they raised their six children. He was involved in the local community in many ways, served on the Sunapee School Board for 21 years, was a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, an active member of the Lions Club, served on the Board of Directors for a local bank, and was a Sunapee Selectman. He supported and embodied the philosophy of the small family farm and kept numerous animals and maintained large gardens throughout his life. Together, he and his business partner George Neilson, developed and maintained Harding Hill Farm, taking part in sugaring, logging, haying, and woodworking. Hiking, birding, and traveling were among his many lifelong interests. He and his wife Betsy enjoyed traveling together and enjoyed many trips throughout the world. He was a founding member of the Sunapee Harbor Riverway, which is dedicated to conserving the history and charm of the harbor area. He devoted much of his life to land conservation, and granted the first conservation easement in the state of NH. He purchased many woodlots and established areas for public use, such as the R.H. Webb Forest Preserves in Sunapee and New London, allowing recreational use year round. He served as Trustee, Secretary and Chairman of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests from 1969-1988. He was New England Tree Farmer of the Year in 1974 and New Hampshire Tree Farmer of the Year in 2000. His dedication to conservation will be a lasting legacy.

 

He is survived by his wife of 64 years and his children (Tom & Jackie Webb, Portland, Oregon; Paul & Lisa Webb, Jacksonville, Florida; Brad and Andrea Webb, East Windsor, New Jersey; Van & Robin Webb, Sunapee, NH; Faith and Tom Reney, Sunapee, NH; Bayard & Lyle Webb, Reno, NV and 11 grandchildren (Tyler, Sam, Aileen, Sara, Max, Seth, Blake, Sawyer, Emily, Rosie, Natalia).

An outdoor dedication for “A custodian of these woods” will be held at 10:00 AM on Sunday, August 14 in the Webb Forest, follow signs from Harding Hill Road, Sunapee to the designated parking area. A short hike is required.

Note Change in Time and Location: A memorial service will be held at Harding Hill Farm at 524 Stagecoach Rd in Sunapee at 2:30 PM, also on Sunday, August 14. All of Richard’s friends are invited to either or both of the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be made to Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, PO Box 2040, New London, NH 03257

Posted 5/27/2016 7:26am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

Come visit with the Harding Hill critters! We just brought in a fresh supply of our grass fed beef this week, and we have had several requests for orders going into the holiday weekend. We will be open at the farm on Stagecoach Road in Sunapee from 8am till noon on Saturday, May 28th.

This is your chance to visit with our new herd of belted galloway cows and 3 week old calves, along with our piglets! If you're in town and looking for something good to grill this weekend, stop by. We will have some HHF syrup available for sale as well. 

  

More to come in my June Newsletter...

Can't make it on Saturday? Just email us for an up-to-date price list if you would like to place an order for pick up another time. 


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 5/2/2016 4:23pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

April showers bring... May calves! If you didn't hear during sugaring season, we have four Belted Galloway cows due to have calves here on the farm this spring. Our first calf came late last night, and we fittingly named the little girl Mayday! She is a black belted calf out of our dun belted cow, April. How does that happen? Read my latest blog post to learn a bit more about the breed, why we chose it, and the various color combinations. Both mom and calf are doing quite well on this rainy day. 

 

As if there wasn't enough cuteness around here, we are picking up eight piglets this coming Sunday. We will have a very similar breed mix as we did last year, and they will be raised on a pasture-based system. 

Meanwhile, with all these scattered rain showers, Van spent most of his weekend on the tractor spreading fertilizer on our hay fields. We are hoping for a much more productive year than last year. Happy Spring!


Grass Fed Beef - fresh supply coming in May

As many of you know, we are running low on many cuts of steak. 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.

For our bulk beef buyers - We are sold out! All of the 2016 slots for whole, half, and quarter cows have been filled. Contact us early if you are interested in beef for the 2017 season.


Pasture-Raised Pork will be back in late 2016!

As mentioned above, we are raising eight pigs this year on our rotational pasture system. We had some great feedback last year, and we sold out of most cuts in less than two months. This year, we doubled our numbers, and we also changed up the person that will be smoking our bacon. We are looking forward to these delicious changes.

For our bulk pork buyers - We are sold out! All of the 2016 slots for whole and half pigs have been filled. We will have a selection of retail cuts available in November. Contact us early if you are interested in pork for the 2017 season.  


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.

 


Firewood

Firewood (green) is available for order and delivery. Our price this year is $255 per cord. Contact us now to reserve your order. We sell out every year! 


Need some Tree Work done at your home?

Sping has arrived in the Sunapee region. Tyler has been quite busy meeting with clients for consultations and booking 2016 tree services. If you have some trees that may need to be looked at, contact us to schedule a free consultation and quote. Tyler, a certified arborist, offers 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 summer? We have a rental home on our farm with summer availability - 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 becomes a great gathering place for many families and friends.


  

We are hoping to see more green in our pastures after this rain is done! Signs of spring keep appearing on the farm with daffodils in bloom and asparagus starting to peak out above the soil. Peas, kale and spinach 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