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Posted 11/29/2015 7:39pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from Harding Hill Farm, 

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Holiday! It's hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. We have been in planning mode as we tidy up the sugar house for our Holiday Open Sugar House events. We will be open on two Saturdays this year - December 5th and December 12th. We hope to see a lot of familiar faces, along with some new. Don't miss out on our beef packages available for a limited time during the holidays, details below. Meanwhile, we look forward to some colder temps ahead and the change of seasons. The view is pretty nice from the farm right now with Mount Sunapee hard at work covering the ski trails with a fresh blanket of snow. From our family to yours, we wish you a wonderful holiday season!

  


Join us for our Second Annual Holiday Open “Sugar” House

We are excited to announce the dates for our Holiday Open “Sugar” House! Come celebrate the holiday season with delicious syrup and other treats. Due to our success last year, we will be open at the sugar house two Saturdays this year.  

Saturday, December 5th and Saturday, December 12th

10am till 3pm 

   

~Tours of the Sugarhouse~ 
~Maple, Beef, and Pork Product Samples~ 
~Maple Syrup, Candy, and Cream Gifts Available~ 
~Grass Fed Beef and a Limited Supply of Pasture-Raised Pork Available~  

Come Celebrate the Holiday Season! 


Limited Supply of Pasture-Raised Pork Available!

We are excited to offer our newest farm product – Pasture-Raised Pork! We have done some taste testing, and the pork chops, breakfast sausage, and bacon are farm-approved!  Place your order now, because we have a very limited amount of pork available for sale by the cut. Pork will be for sale at our Holiday Open House, but we expect to sell out soon!  


Grass Fed Beef - Special Packages are Back for a Limited Time!

Looking to try a variety of our products? Want to save up to 10%? Our Grass Fed Beef packages will be available during the Holiday Open Sugar House! 

Griller's Package: $105 (10% discount)
- 6 packages (~6 lbs) Ground Beef
- 2 packages (~3 lbs) T-Bone OR Rib Steak
- 2 packages (~3 lbs) Steak Tips OR Sirloin Steak

Winter Warmer Package: $85 (9% discount)
- 6 packages (~6 lbs) Ground Beef
- 3 packages (~3 lbs) Stew Meat
- 1 Top Round OR Bottom Round Roast (varies 2-4 lbs) 

Our freezers are full at the farm as we head into winter. Be sure to contact us by email/phone if you are interested in placing an order. We do not have ‘store hours’ at this time, but we do arrange convenient times to pick up your order at the farm.

Be sure to contact us by email for a current price list and availability.


Maple Syrup also available at Local Retailers!

We have plenty of syrup left at the farm, and we always encourage our customers to contact us to place holiday orders. However, we also support many local businesses that choose to carry Harding Hill Farm Maple Syrup during the holidays.

The following local businesses carry our syrup this holiday season!

Spring Ledge Farm  ~ New London
Gourmet Garden  ~ New London
Kathan Gardens ~ Newport 
Sugar Honey Cafe ~ Sunapee Harbor
Mount Sunapee Retail Shops ~ Newbury


Need Tree Work? Contact our Arborist!

Tyler is hard at work finishing up local tree care needs before winter hits. We are thankful for the great clients we have worked with this season. If you have concerns about your trees, please contact us. Tyler offers free consultations for pruning, removals, fertilization, and cabling. 

 


New For 2016 - Vacation Rental located on Harding Hill Farm

We are introducing a new aspect of Harding Hill Farm... you can call it a 'Farm Stay'! Beginning in Winter 2015, we have a home available for vacation rental located right on our beautiful farm, 3 miles from Mount Sunapee Resort. Visit the new tab on our website - *New* Farm Vacation Rental.

This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sleeps up to 10 people, perfect for a getaway to the Lake Sunapee Region. 

Please contact us directly for details!


Happy Holidays from all of us at Harding Hill Farm!


Photo from Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot 2015

Thank you again for supporting our local business. Be sure to visit our facebook page and blog for the latest updates on trees, cows, events and more. Give us a call or email us to inquire about any of our farm products or tree services.

~ 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 11/1/2015 7:17am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from Harding Hill Farm, 

The fall season is in full swing here in Sunapee. There is a definite chill in the air, and temps dropped to nearly 12 degrees at night already. We hope you’ve all gotten the time to get outside, take a breath of fresh air, and enjoy the fall foliage. Here on the farm we have had to say goodbye to our pigs and the last of our mature beef cattle. On the positive side, we have a good supply of quality, local meat available for customers. Ty continues to complete tree services, including fall fertilization. The guys also were hard at work on a contracted timber harvest in nearby Goshen. We are in planning mode on our late fall/early winter events, so be sure to mark the dates below on your calendar to join the fun!

  


Grass Fed Beef and a Limited Supply of Pasture-Raised Pork Available!

We are excited to offer our newest farm product – Pasture-Raised Pork! We have done some taste testing, and the pork chops and breakfast sausage are farm-approved!  Place your order now, because we have a very limited amount of pork available for sale by the cut. 

Our freezers are full at the farm as we head into fall and winter. Be sure to contact us by email/phone if you are interested in placing an order. We do not have ‘store hours’ at this time, but we do arrange convenient times to pick up your order at the farm.

Our meat will also be on sale during our Holiday Open "Sugar" House weekends in December.   Be sure to contact us by email for a current price list and availability of our beef and pork. 


Join us for the Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot

Every year we fill hundreds of maple syrup nips in preparation for the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in Sunapee Harbor. Participants in this 5k run/walk receive a nip at registration, and the winners take home a larger quantity of delicious HHF maple syrup.

  

Our whole family heads down to  Sunapee Harbor to visit with neighbors and enjoy the beautiful Burkehaven loop course. Let’s just hope we don’t have a foot of snow on the ground again this year... too early even for the snow lovers in the family!   

All benefits from the race go to the Sunapee Recreation Department. You can find all the details and register at sunapeeturkeytrot.com.

Hope to see you there!


Join us for our Second Annual Holiday Open “Sugar” House

We are excited to announce the dates for our Holiday Open “Sugar” House! Come celebrate the holiday season with delicious syrup and other treats. Due to our success last year, we will be open at the sugar house two Saturdays this year.  

Saturday, December 5th and Saturday, December 12th
10am till 3pm

  

~Tours of the Sugarhouse~
~Maple, Beef, and Pork Product Samples~
~Maple Syrup, Candy, and Cream Gifts Available~
~Grass Fed Beef and a Limited Supply of Pasture-Raised Pork Available~  

Come Celebrate the Holiday Season!


Maple Syrup Still Available

We do have plenty of syrup left at the farm. We always encourage our customers to place an order for pick-up.

Looking for a special order for the holidays? Let us know!  

Several local businesses also carry our syrup during the holiday season!

Spring Ledge Farm  ~ New London
Gourmet Garden  ~ New London
Kathan Gardens ~ Newport 
Sugar Honey Cafe ~ Sunapee Harbor
Mount Sunapee Retail Shops ~ Newbury


Need Tree Work? Contact our Arborist!

Tyler has had a busy fall trying to take care of local tree care needs before winter hits.  We are thankful for the great clients we have worked with so far this season. If you have concerns about your trees, please contact us. Tyler offers free consultations for pruning, removals, fertilization, and cabling. 

 


Thank you again for supporting our local business. Be sure to visit our facebook page and blog for the latest updates on trees, cows, events and more. Give us a call or email us to inquire about any of our farm products or tree services.

~ 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 9/20/2015 6:20pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from Harding Hill Farm,

Busy! That is the one word we can use to describe life on the farm these days. Our barn roof and solar installation project is now complete (see blog post). Tree service projects continue to be steady. Van is working on a renovation of the rear house at the farm. The guys also just moved to a new lot to complete some contracted timber harvesting in Goshen. If that isn’t enough, Kelly had surgery to repair a sports injury, which explains the delay in our monthly newsletter and Facebook posts. We have definitely learned the ability to deal with changing plans in the past few months!

In this newsletter, you will find updates on a fresh supply of grass fed beef, updates on our pasture-raised pork, maple syrup, firewood availability, and tree services available this fall. Enjoy!


Grass Fed Beef is Now Available

We are excited to offer a more consistent supply of our grass fed beef cuts as we go into the fall and winter. Please contact us for an up-to-date inventory and price list. We currently have nearly all cuts available, but certain steaks are going fast.

We also are taking pre-orders for specific preferences until mid-October. Please contact us with what you are interested in. We schedule pick-up times for orders at the farm, and we have a minimum order of $20 for pick up at the farm. Beef will also be available for sale during our holiday sale in December (dates TBA).


Pasture-Raised Pork Coming Soon!

We are raising our pigs on a rotational pasture system with grain, milk, and lots of fresh garden fruit/vegetables. Pork will be available starting in early November! We will have a limited supply since we started this trial with only four pigs. With any luck, we do plan to sample our products and offer pork for sale at our holiday sale in December.

Are you interested in purchasing pork when available? Email us, and we will add you to the list of customers to receive a price sheet in October.  


Plenty of our own Maple Syrup Still Available

We still have maple syrup available in plastic and glass on the farm, including our Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee glass bottles. Please contact us to request your order and schedule a pickup at the farm. Don’t forget! We also offer customized glass bottles for wedding favors and other special events.


HHF Tree Services & Firewood Update

Fall is a great time for tree fertilization! Tyler offers fertilization services to supply your trees with the nutrients necessary to thrive. If you are interested in tree services for your property before winter, we are currently booking into October for most jobs. Please contact us for any tree pruning, removal, fertilization, or cabling needs! We offer free consultations and proposals.

Many people have contacted us for firewood this year and supplies in the area are low! We have had to buy in firewood, resulting in an increase in price. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are trying our best to fill any firewood orders. Feel free to email us if you would like to inquire about a new or previous order.


Solar Projects, Renovations, and More!

Interested in those solar panels now located on our main barn roof? Check out our latest blog post for the details. We are very excited to be producing our own electricity on the farm!

Family members have also been busy renovating the rear house of our property. We are looking to rent it out for the upcoming ski season. If you know someone interested in a seasonal rental for a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house, email us for details.

The next farm projects will include rebuilding equipment storage sheds that collapsed during a July storm event. We will also be utilizing temporary fencing to extend our pastures as long as possible into the fall. It has been a tough year for making hay, so we want to use as much pasture as we can! 


 

That's all for now. Please continue to follow us on Facebook for current news and updates.

Thank you for supporting our family business!

~ 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 9/20/2015 4:43pm by The Webb Family.

Richard “Dick” Webb purchased our farm in Sunapee, NH in 1948, and he has always had conservation in mind. He was also instrumental in putting all owned forest land under conservation easement by the early 2000s. Over the past 50 years R.H. Webb Forest Preserve, now in its second and third generation, has continued to apply sustainable forestry practices on all of its properties.

 

While Van and Tyler now operate the Harding Hill Farm business, Dick continues to be involved when it comes to the farm. Dick has always had an interest in renewable energy, and he and Betsy had solar energy on their house for many years. However, the system was aging.

This year, Dick and Van pulled together the plans for a larger, more sustainable solar energy system for the farm. Dick and Betsy’s former home received a roof renovation with a new 20 panel, 5 kilowatt solar system. This system went online in early August, and it has produced just over 1.2 megawatts of power to date.

Dick also wanted to see the main barn preserved with a new standing seam metal roof and re-built cupola. That project was complete by mid-summer. A larger solar system was then installed on the barn roof. This installation is quite visible as you drive up Stagecoach Road from Route 103. The barn solar array is a 14.25 kilowatt system with a total of 57 panels. 

The barn solar array went on line September 2, and so far, it has peaked at 13.1 kilowatts produced per  day. Today alone, the system peaked at 3.2 kilowatt-hours produced in 15 minutes, which is enough to power a refrigerator for 17 hours! Since going online, the system has produced about 1.3 megawatts of power and has offset 1,971 pounds of carbon.

We are excited for the potential to produce sustainable energy right here on Harding Hill. It also ensures the preservation of the main barn for at least the next generation or two. We can certainly thank Dick Webb for his support and forward thinking as we complete this project. 

Posted 8/23/2015 10:00am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from Harding Hill Farm,

We hope you are all enjoying the dog days of summer. This summer has been full of the unexpected for us - thanks to a severe storm that rolled through in July. The Sunapee region received a lot of damage, and we have been busy cleaning up ever since. Tyler has been assisting local landowners with tricky tree removals and storm damage clean-up. The farm suffered a loss to our beloved blue spruce and coastal dawn redwood, equipment sheds, and many large pines in our forest. As we continue the salvage and cleanup, we look forward to several farm improvement projects, new calves, and a new supply of beef and pork.  


Grass Fed Beef is finally back!

We are excited to offer a more consistent supply of our grass fed beef cuts as we go into the fall and winter. Please contact us for an up-to-date inventory and price list. Please note, that our prices have increased from the spring pricing list to adjust for our costs of raising our beef cattle.

We also are taking pre-orders for specific preferences until mid-October. It is best to send us an email with any preferences.

We schedule pick-up times for orders at the farm, and we have a minimum order of $20 at the farm. Beef will also be available for sale during our holiday sale in December (date TBA).

Also, a big Thank You for supporting our friends at One Mile West at all their summer Eat Local Be Local nights. The last one was a huge success for HHF products – they sold out of burgers, pot roast dinners, and the short rib nachos!


How about those pigs?

A lot of our customers have been asking about HHF pork. We are doing a trial run with 4 pigs this year. We are raising them on a rotational pasture system with grain, milk, and lots of fresh garden fruit/vegetables. Pork will be available starting in early November. We will have a limited supply, but we plan to sample our products and offer pork for sale at our holiday sale in December. Stay tuned for more details as we get into the fall.  


Maple Syrup News

We still have plenty of maple syrup available in plastic and glass on the farm. Please contact us to request your order and schedule a pickup time.

Don’t forget! We also offer customized glass bottles for wedding favors and other special events.

In addition, our syrup is currently sold at the following retailers…

Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm, Newport (while the season lasts!)
Wild Goose Country Store, Sunapee Harbor
Sugar Honey Café, Sunapee Harbor
Gourmet Gardens, New London
Spring Ledge Farmstand, New London


HHF Tree Services

Tyler has had a VERY busy season with tree work! At this point, he has caught up with nearly all the storm work associated with the July severe storm. We have seen almost everything this season, including trees on houses, large 100 foot pines uprooted, and the loss of feature ornamental trees on properties. We definitely hope we don’t see another storm like that one for a long time!

If you are interested in tree services for your property, we are currently booking into October unless it is an emergency. Please contact us for any tree pruning, removal, fertilization, or cabling needs! We offer free consultations and proposals.


Notice some changes on the farm?

It has certainly been a time of change and unexpected events on the farm. The storm left us with several hundred large pine trees down in the woods. As we finish up with emergent residential tree care needs, we have moved to our woods to salvage what we can sell for logs, pulp, and firewood.

You also may have noticed a few improvements to our feature barn at HHF. A new roof has been installed to preserve the barn into the next generation. We have also made the decision to generate our own power with a solar panel installation! We are excited to start generating electricity from the barn roof. This project would not be possible without the support of family and friends. Stay tuned as we continue to make some changes to our farm infrastructure.


 

That's all the updates for now. Keep checking the Facebook Page for all the latest pictures and news. Thank you again for supporting our family business. 

~ 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 7/12/2015 7:56pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from Harding Hill Farm, 

Summertime has finally arrived in Sunapee! We celebrated the 4th of July weekend with some great weather for making hay, and that weather continues this weekend. Check out our latest blog post to learn how we make hay at HHF. If you aren't local, we hope you get a chance to visit and enjoy all that the Sunapee region has to offer - lakes, hiking, mountains, dining, and much more. 

  


Celebrate Local Food with HHF & OMW

Join us for another Eat Local Night at One Mile West restaurant located at the corner of Brook Road and Route 103 in Sunapee. They will be featuring our delicious grass-fed burgers, short ribs, and pot roast along with fresh local produce and local beers on tap.

Tuesday, July 14th - 4pm till 10pm

Tuesday, August 18th  - 4pm till 10pm

For reservations, call 603-863-7500. Hope to see you there!


Explore our Forest - Trail Run and Bike Race

We are fortunate to have a fantastic trail system in Webb Forest off of Harding Hill Road in Sunapee. The trails are great for a summertime walk, run, or mountain bike. Every year we take some time to mow the trails in preparation for an annual mountain bike race and trail run. Volunteers from the Sunapee Recreation Department mark a challenging loop of trails for the race. 

Saturday, July 18th - Frenzy in the Forest Trail Race
- 5ish mile Trail run through our beautiful forest
- presented by Sunapee Middle High School Athletic Leadership Council

Sunday, July 19th - The Horror at Harding Hill Mountain Bike Race
- 5ish mile loop with great single and double track
- organized by the Eastern Fat Tire Association
- all proceeds benefit Sunapee Recreation Department

Of course, the best part of these events - winners take home Harding Hill Farm maple syrup!


Need Tree Work? Contact our Arborist!

The summer season of tree services is going strong at Harding Hill Farm. Tyler has had the busiest June since offering these services. We are thankful for the great clients we have worked with so far this season. If you have concerns about your trees, please contact us. Tyler offers free consultations for pruning, removals, fertilization, and cabling. 


More Grass Fed Beef Coming Soon!

We are excited to get back to our normal supply of grass fed beef starting in August. We should have a steady supply of all cuts from August into the fall. Stay tuned for our fall price list. If you are interested in specific cuts or would like to buy in bulk, please contact us soon to reserve an order. 

Current Availability:

Stew Meat                          Short Ribs
Roasts                                 Spare Ribs
Sweet Italian Sausage      Kabobs/Steak Tips
Chuck Steaks                     Pet Bones


Where's our Maple Syrup?

We always encourage customers to contact us to place an order of syrup or beef for pick up at the farm. However, several local businesses also carry our syrup!

Wild Goose Country Store ~ Sunapee Harbor
Sugar Honey Cafe ~ Sunapee Harbor
Deck Dock Home Garden ~ Sunapee
Gourmet Garden ~ New London
Spring Ledge Farm ~ New London
Bartlett's Blueberry Farm ~ Newport
 


Thank you again for supporting our local business. Be sure to visit our facebook page for the latest updates on trees, cows, pigs, hay, and more. Stay tuned for news on our summer barn roof and solar project. 

 

Give us a call or email us to inquire about any of our farm products or tree services.

~ 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 7/11/2015 8:09am by The Webb Family.

We make hay at Harding Hill Farm every year. It keeps the fields looking tidy and weed-free. It makes the cows quite happy through the winter. We also sell a large chunk of our hay to local horse owners. Usually we yield about 4,000 bales in a decent year. That is a combination of first, second, and sometimes third cut on our own and some rented fields.

It has been a tough summer for making dry hay. The weather just didn't want to cooperate. The spring was dry, which followed with rain nearly every 3 days. We really need a dry, warm stretch of weather that lasts about 3 days or more in order to make some good hay. 

Well summertime weather had arrived, just in time for the Fourth of July. The window of opportunity was here, and to the fields we went. Make hay while the sun shines! This idiom rings true to a lot of things in life, especially in the business of agriculture. Just like we have to make syrup while the sap runs. 

Van mowed a few smaller fields at the farm before 4th of July weekend, and then he enjoyed his afternoon mowing on the hill off Harding Hill Road with a lovely view of Mount Sunapee. Our hired help, Sam E, was busy tedding shortly thereafter. Van also mowed one of the fields further up Stagecoach Road the following morning. Our fingers were crossed that the forecast would hold, and we would see sunshine through at least Tuesday. 

And then the forecast changed… with nearly 15 acres of first cut hay down, we celebrated the 4th of July with a steady rain. For those of you that may have farms, I’m sure you can relate. We are dependent on weather. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Luckily for us, the drying conditions last Sunday and Monday were perfect. We actually made some decent hay! A few sections ended up being put in the pile for mulch, but overall we made out pretty well.

For those not familiar with the steps in making hay, it is quite a production. First we must mow the field, leaving all the tall grass lying flat in rows across the field. Next, someone must go through the field with a tedder. The tedder throws the grass so that it is evenly disbursed across the field. Tedding the grass allows it to dry faster in the field. We ted as many times as it takes to get to the proper moisture level. 

On the afternoon that the hay reaches about 10-15% water and 85-90% dry matter, it is time to bale it. This moisture level can depend on a lot of factors – type of grass/legume, stage of maturity, air moisture, ground moisture, etc. The idea is to bale the hay when it is dry enough to store, while limiting leaf loss since that is where the nutrients are. An experienced farmer can tell the moisture level by feeling or smelling the grass. A farmer can also use a moisture meter to detect the exact amount of water present in the grass. When it is ready, someone heads out to the field with the rake. The rake takes the spread out hay and forms fluffy windrows. 

  

Lastly, we use a baler with a hay wagon towed behind it to pick up those windrows and pack it into 40-50 lb bales of hay. Some farms have kicker mechanics on their baler to throw them in the wagon, others just drop them in the field. We have a slide chute on the back of our baler. One person can ride on the wagon and grab the bales to stack them neatly. We then bring them to a customer or stack them in the barn for later.

We’ve got another great window of summer heat this weekend, so we are back at it in the lower fields of the farm. It’s been an interesting summer of weather, but we seem to be gaining ground now… the count is nearing 1,000 bales. Time to get back in the field!

Posted 6/8/2015 4:58pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from Harding Hill Farm, 

Springtime is always a juggle of tasks as we get ready for a busy summer season. We have been busy delivering firewood, completing construction projects, mending fences, cutting trees, and much more. Take a look at all our latest updates from the farm!


Try our Grass Fed Beef at Eat Local Night!

Join us for a fun night at One Mile West restaurant located in Sunapee, NH. We started this partnership last fall, and it has been a great way to get together with friends and enjoy some locally produced food and drinks. 

The next Eat Local Night is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th. One Mile West will feature our own Harding Hill Farm grass fed beef, Sanctuary Dairy Farm ice cream, Henniker Brewing Company's beer on tap, and other items from North Country Smokehouse and Destiny Acres Farm. 

Two additional Eat Local nights will be announced for Mid-July and Mid-August. Stay tuned!


Updates from our Pastures

With all this fresh grass, the cows couldn't be happier this time of year. Our cows went back out to there summer pastures on May 19th. You can now see them happily grazing along Stagecoach and Harding Hill roads. 

As many of you may know, we are pretty much sold out of grass fed beef at this time. We still have some short ribs, spare ribs, and roasts available. Contact us if you are interested. Our Sweet Italian Beef Sausage is also currently available at Spring Ledge Farmstand in New London. 

We should have all our beef cuts available again at the beginning of August!

Our newest adventure this spring is piglets! We have four piglets that are just about 3 months old. We are raising them along some lesser used pastures in a rotational system. Check out the latest blog post to learn about our Great Pig Adventure. We have also been posting plenty of fun pig photos on our Facebook page.


Contact our Arborist for all your Tree Care Needs!

Tyler is an NH Certified Arborist, and he provides free consultations and proposals. Tyler offers a variety of tree services including pruning, cabling, fertilizing and removals. Take a look at our tree work page on the HHF website to see him in action. Email or call to schedule a visit. 


Maple Syrup still Available

After a busy maple season, we still have plenty of syrup available at the farm. Contact us any time to place an order for pick up at the farm. Our syrup is also currently available at Wild Goose Country Store, Gourmet Gardens ~ Gifts of Great Taste, and Spring Ledge Farm

Did you know we also do wedding favors? We can customize small glass favors of our delicious maple syrup for any special event. Just contact us for a quote. 


Some Different Views on the Farm

We are excited about a lot of fun projects on the farm this summer. Have you driven by the farm? Notice any changes? The guys were able to harvest around 30,000 board feet of pine on the main farm to open up some views and eventually allow for extension of pasture.

We are also in the middle of a renovation on our aging barn. We just rebuilt the cupola, and pretty soon we will have a new barn roof complete with solar panels. It will be an exciting venture to utilize our exposed hill top to generate solar power! These projects would not be possible without some outstanding family support.

Keep checking our Blog and Facebook page to see our progress.



That's all for this month. Do not hesitate to email or call to inquire about any of our farm products and services. 

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 5/16/2015 8:28am by The Webb Family.

We want to increase our cow herd, but we know we need to improve our pastures and fencing first, which takes some time and money. Many of our beef customers have also asked if we plan to sell pork too. So, why not get some piglets? At least they kind of resemble cows with those black and white spots!

 

Finding piglets in New England can be a struggle. There really aren't that many people breeding pigs, and local pork is in high demand. Lucky for us, we have friends that raise pigs in upstate New York. We wanted to get off the farm for a little weekend relaxation, and so the adventure begins...

We packed up and headed north through Vermont, across Lake Champlain, and eventually to Sugar Bush, New York. Not many people have heard of Sugar Bush, NY... for good reason. There isn't too much there, but our friends, the Burke family, run Atlas Hoofed It Farm. They bought part of the farm for $1. How do you find a farm for a dollar? Well you find an abandoned missile silo, of course! They purchased the missile silo and the surrounding 80 acres about 8 or so years ago. Then the transformation began. Now it is a bustling farm with about 25 Scottish Highlander cattle and about 30 pigs. They have slowly transformed thick woods into some decent pastures, and the concrete pad that capped the missile silo is now a central headquarters for their pastured pigs, chickens, and horses. We had a fantastic time seeing the critters with Dan, Sara, Brooke, and Dustin. The Burkes' 100+ year old farmhouse is also a great place to enjoy a farm fresh pork chop dinner with friends. Thanks again Dan and Sara!

 

After a great meal on Friday night, we headed into Lake Placid for a two night stay. What a fantastic place to be! We were lucky to have some great mountain and lake views, and we visited Ty's alma mater, Paul Smith's College, for a fun nature walk in their conservation area. 


Lake Placid, NY

On Sunday morning we headed back to see the Burkes. Their sows had 14 piglets this spring, and they very graciously reserved four of them for us. After a little bartering with some HHF maple syrup, we had the piglets crated and ready to head home to the farm. The next adventure was the ferry ride across Lake Champlain. We really hoped these 2 month old piglets would behave themselves in the back of the truck. What if they started squeeling on the boat around all those people? What if they got sea sick? Well... we got lucky, they snoozed all the way home. 


Ferry ride across Lake Champlain, from NY to VT

In the two weeks prior to our pig pick-up adventure, Tyler and Sam spent some time constructing nothing short of a Pig Palace.

 

Upon arrival, we moved them right into their new home. For now they will be housed in one area until they are trained to electric fencing. Then we plan to move them around the farm to take advantage of some smaller pasture areas. And so the great pig experiment begins...

Meet Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Mo!

  

Posted 4/16/2015 5:53pm by The Webb Family.

We were nervous as the season started with colder than normal temperatures and a first, rather pathetic boil on March 11th. We just kept telling ourselves that we still managed to start earlier than our 2014 start date on Maple Weekend (March 22nd). The sap trickled in as the trees slowly thawed after a cold, harsh winter. Our boils amounted to 300-700 gallons at a time. Not exactly ideal.

It pays to be optimistic. Starting during the week of April 6th, the sap started to flow. Then winter made an appearance with a few inches of snow on April 9th. After that, it really started to flow. We are talking about 120 gallons per hour out of our 12 acre orchard with 1200 taps. That's a lot. 

 

The amount running out of our small tank off 72 taps was pretty amazing too!

We boiled for 18 days in a row at the sugarhouse, with 25 days total for the season. It was a long stretch with little rest. On Saturday, April 11th, we boiled approximately 2,250 gallons of sap. It was one of our biggest days ever with a daily total of 54 gallons of syrup made! 

 

We also had a few missed opportunities... when we showed up and the 1100 gallon sap tank was overflowing and trickling down the driveway into the mud. Guess we should have gotten up earlier that day!

We are very excited to finish our maple season out with 520 gallons of maple syrup, which is well above our average 450 gallons. We will need it with a record season of customer sales out of the sugarhouse.

Thank you again to all our fantastic customers, friends, and family!

We will have our syrup available directly from the farm throughout the year by order in glass, plastic, or custom wedding/special event favors. Contact us by email. 

Syrup available at several retail stores in the area - including Wild Goose Country Store, Gourmet Gardens ~ Gifts of Great Taste, Spring Ledge Farm, Kathan Gardens, Mount Sunapee Resort, and Bartlett's Blueberry Farm