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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

Posted 5/2/2016 3:21pm by The Webb Family.

There has been much anticipation on the farm in the past weeks. We have been busy keeping pens clean and preparing for our ‘new to us’ Belted Galloway cows to begin calving. Tyler and I have been considering beef cattle breeds over the last year or so… debating about which breed would do well with our management style. Until now, Harding Hill Farm has always purchased calves and raised them on a grass-based diet to maturity.

In February, we made contact with a breeder in the ‘north country’ or otherwise known as northern New Hampshire. Otokahe Farm has been raising and breeding Belted Galloway cattle for many years (and making beef jerky, yum!). Kris and Bert were looking to downsize their breeding herd slightly. We made the visit to their farm, just down the road from Santa’s Village, and immediately knew these cattle had the right attributes to fit in at Harding Hill Farm. We purchased four pregnant cows due to calve in starting in April/May. The cows moved south to Sunapee shortly thereafter.

 

One of the better parts of this adventure was the timing. Tyler’s parents, Van and Robin were on a ski trip when the cows arrived. We got the cows settled, and upon Van and Robin’s return, there were 4 large cows resembling oreos hanging out in the barnyard. It was quite the surprise!

We have spent a few months acclimating them, and unfortunately fighting the spring mud in our barnyard! Things have dried up some, though I write this as it is pouring rain outside. Fortunately there is plenty of dry loafing areas under the barn. We highly anticipate the greening up of pastures as we await the proper timing and level of grass growth to turn them out on pastures for the season. Meanwhile the cows are happily eating stored fermented grass (haylage) and dry hay.

 

Why Belted Galloway or as we call them ‘Belties’? There are MANY reasons. We wanted to create a niche breed of beef cattle for our farm as we continue to develop our grass fed beef business. Tyler and I always admired the breed… who doesn’t love cows that have a white belt resembling an oreo? Also, Robin has mentioned wanting them on the farm for many years. More importantly, there are many positive features in addition to their looks! This breed was developed in Scotland in the rugged hills where hardiness was a trait necessary for survival. Being a New Hampshire farm on a windy, exposed hill sitting on ledge, this sounds familiar. They are naturally polled (no horns), which we preferred because de-horning calves is a nasty (and often necessary) job for both farmer and calf. They have a double coat of hair that provides a great deal of winter warmth, while they shed that extra layer in the summer. Because of their coat, they lack the back fat of other beef breeds. Research has shown that grass fed, beltie beef has less total calories, fat, and cholesterol than conventionally raised beef and grain fed belties. Their heritage allows them to efficiently convert marginal pasture lands into delicious, lean beef. Yum!

 

Now… more about those cute looking cows. The look of the Belted Galloways, black with a white belt, was selected through many generations… however Galloway cattle originally came in numerous colors and patterns. Now the breed colors are Black, Dun (several shades of brown), Red, and Silver. You can still get a seemingly unexpected color combination, but nearly always with a belt. The answer lies in their genetic makeup. When breeding a bull and cow, two sets of genes interact to create the genotype. The actual appearance is known as the phenotype. Belties are unusual in that Dun is the dominant color, not black like in most animals. While an animal may have a Dun color, like our cow April, she may also be a carrier for a black or red gene. This carrier gene can lead to several shades of Dun… or with the correct bull, the birth of a black, red, or silver (two dun genes) calf.

 

Interestingly enough, it turns out that April, our one Dun cow, must have been a black carrier. She gave birth to a very black calf with a white belt just last night… quite a surprise and a bit difficult to match them together! It will keep things interesting. In the meantime, we continue to await our next arrival with one calf on the ground and three to go!

Stay tuned to more adorable pictures and stories.  We can certainly thank our friends Kris and Bert at Otokahe Farm for getting us hooked on these great cattle.

 

Posted 3/31/2016 8:02pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

With the warm temperatures that arrived yesterday, the maple season is coming to an end quickly. Back on February 1st when we started boiling, we never would have predicted that the season would last this long. The 2016 maple season also seems to be one for the record books. We tapped the earliest ever, according to our farm records, on Jan 27th and boiled on the earliest date ever on Feb 1st. We have had 28 days of boiling and will most likely beat our high record of 30 days in one season. As of today, we have boiled 27,000 gallons of sap resulting in 548 gallons of maple syrup. With well over 1,000 gallons of sap going into tomorrow, we expect to exceed our all-time high season record of 558 gallons of maple syrup. A long but successful season! Next year maybe we can hit 600? Ty likes to dream big.

 

With fluctuating temperatures and unpredictable weather this season, its not surprising to see that the sugar content in our sap, on average, has been low at about 1.9% sugar. This means overall, we boiled a lot more sap to achieve this amount of syrup. It also means we burned quite a bit of firewood - 16 cords! I would hate to think how much it would be if we did not concentrate our sap with reverse osmosis technology. That's a lot of time spent stacking wood!

 

With some out-of-town family members visiting, we plan to boil tomorrow (Friday 4/1) afternoon until we run out of sap. Stop by if you see steam! We are making the dark stuff now, and it has a great flavor for all those fans of the Grade A - Very Dark, Strong Taste (formerly a dark Grade B). Our plans are to continue to boil sap until we start to taste a buddy off flavor, or we run out of wood... whichever comes first!

At this point we do not expect to be open this weekend. We will update our Facebook page if we decide to boil on Sunday.  


 Where can you find our farm products the rest of the year?

Don't worry! Even though maple season is coming to an end, you can always contact us to place an order of maple syrup or grass fed beef. We just arrange a convenient time for you to pick up your order at our farm on Stagecoach Road in Sunapee.

We keep a variety of maple syrup in plastic and glass containers in our sugaring room at the farm. Our grass fed beef supply is becoming more limited until we reach our summer butcher dates. We are running low on some steaks - so please contact us for an up-to-date inventory/price sheet.

 

For our bulk meat buyers - we will be sending out pricing and 2016 order forms very soon. We still have a few slots open if additional customers are interested in half or whole cows or pigs.


 Firewood

Firewood (green) is available for order and delivery after sugaring season. Contact us early to reserve your order. We sell out every year! 


Need some Tree Work?

Tyler is starting to transition to the next season, which means tree work will begin. If you have some trees that may need to be looked at, contact us for a free consultation and quote. A certified arborist, Tyler offers tree pruning, removal, cabling, and fertilization.

If you're already on the list, we will start scheduling jobs as soon as the maple season is wrapped up.


We are seeing signs of spring on the farm. Check out this gigantic parsnip!! Pretty soon the pastures will start greening up, and we will be working in the gardens. This will be the last of my weekly updates on the maple season, but keep an eye on the website for new blog posts, recipes, and more.

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 3/25/2016 2:30pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

Sugaring season continues, full steam ahead, at Harding Hill Farm. It took us a few days to recover from the maple weekend celebrations. It was great to see so many people come out to spend time in the sugarhouse and learn about all things maple. Tyler gave so many tours that we lost count, and he may have nearly lost his voice. We made a lot of syrup with a fantastic sap run. We also hope you enjoyed all the delicious samples. We went through 12 dozen maple cookies, so they must have been good! Thank you once again for making our open house weekends such a success. We love sharing what we love -- producing quality syrup and grass fed beef for you to enjoy.

Though we really were hoping for a bit of rest, the weather has continued to cooperate enough to keep the season going. If you stopped by over the weekend, you probably know we were making a dark, robust syrup. After flushing our evaporator late Sunday, we were able to start making a lighter amber, rich syrup this week. The sap seems to have held up, with cold nights prolonging the season, though sap is slowly decreasing in sugar content as we get closer to the end. Our syrup count has reached 474 gallons for the season. We are happy to have reached an 'average' syrup count, and we hope to hit the 500 mark over the Easter Weekend! After 24 days of boiling since Feb 1st, we are anxious to see how long mother nature will keep the season going. 

  

Join us for what will most likely be the last weekend of the maple season! We will be in the sugarhouse on Saturday from 10am till 4pm, and Easter Sunday will be weather permitting. See below for details. 

 


Maple Month Continues this Easter Weekend

Saturday March 26th - 10am till 4pm
Sunday March 27th - Weather Permitting

Join us for:       Sugarhouse Tours - watch us make Maple Syrup
                           Maple Syrup, Maple Candy, and Cream for Sale
                           Our own Grass Fed Beef for Sale

 

Bring the whole family and enjoy the sweet smells and taste of maple syrup. With warm, sunny weather forecasted, its a great way to welcome the spring season! 

*Reminder* - the sugar house is located at 131 Route 103, just below Wendell Veterinary Clinic.  


Grass Fed Beef & Pastured Pork

Plenty of grass fed beef will be available at the sugarhouse during open hours. If you are looking for a larger order, contact us ahead to prepare a package for you

Need an Easter ham? We still have a couple smoked hams available!


 Firewood

Firewood (green) is available for order and delivery after sugaring season. Contact us early to reserve your order. We sell out every year!


Look for weekly updates throughout sugaring season. As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook for the most recent updates - 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 3/18/2016 8:09am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

Once again, it is strange to entitle this as a Week Two update to the maple season. It seems like we have been at this for many weeks, oh yes, we have! We had such a fantastic turnout last weekend for the start of Maple Month. We saw hundreds of people, gave many tours, and caught up with friends and family. Thank you once again for making our open house weekends such a success. 

 

Going into this week, there was a lot of uncertainty about the weather. Would it get cold enough at night? Will the buds on our maples threaten to pop? Well Mother Nature threw us another curveball on Monday evening with about two inches of wet, sloppy snow and temperatures all night hovering below 32. Our maples responded with a decent run through the rest of the week, the sap is even looking less cloudy and yielding a slightly lighter maple syrup. Some local kindergartners and preschools joined us for some maple sugaring in the middle of the week, as we bottled up 35 gallons on Wednesday. Now as we speak, Tyler is cleaning up the sugarbush after a tree came down on some sap lines yesterday. Life is definitely not boring on the farm! 


what a mess!

Meanwhile we are preparing for our big NH Weekend Celebration coming up on Saturday and Sunday, and we anticipate to see lots of friends, family, neighbors, and new faces. Get ready for maple syrup over ice cream, maple cookies, grass fed beef sausage and so much more! See below for all the details. 

 


 

NH Maple Weekend Celebration

 

Saturday March 19th - 10am till 4pm
Sunday March 20th -
11am till 4pm

Join us for:       Sugarhouse Tours - watch us make Maple Syrup
                           Fresh Samples of Our Maple Syrup with Ice Cream
                           Maple Syrup, Maple Candy, and Cream for Sale
                           Our own Grass Fed Beef for Sale & Prepared Samples
                           Our own Smoked Hams for Sale

Bring the whole family and enjoy the sweet smells and taste of maple syrup. A great way to welcome the spring season! Check out the event on Facebook.

*Reminder* - the sugar house is located at 131 Route 103, just below Wendell Veterinary Clinic.  


Grass Fed Beef & Pastured Pork

Plenty of grass fed beef will be available at the sugarhouse during open hours. There will even be some samples to try! If you are looking for a larger order, contact us ahead to prepare a package for you

Need an Easter ham? We still have a couple smoked hams available!


 Firewood

Firewood (green) is available for order and delivery after sugaring season. Contact us early to reserve your order. We sell out every year!


Look for weekly updates throughout sugaring season. As always contact us with any questions, price sheet, or order requests. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook for the most recent updates - 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