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Posted 3/11/2016 7:04am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

I'm calling this newsletter our Week One for the Maple Season. That would be the case if it was a normal year. We have been boiling since Feb 1... but in reality, this will be the first weekend we are open to the public with plenty of sap. We still don't know how this strange weather will affect the trees and syrup production. The next couple days will be the deciding factor. We have not seen an overnight freeze since Tuesday night. It was 70 degrees on Wednesday in Sunapee. The sap flowed well... but it has started to fade. We absolutely need some freezing weather tonight to keep the maple season going. Freezing night time temperatures will reset the flow and give the trees a signal that its not time to bud out just yet. All we can do is hope for the best. 

Meanwhile we are preparing for a beautiful weekend at the sugarhouse, and we anticipate to see lots of friends, family, neighbors, and new faces! See below for all the details. 

 


New Hampshire Maple Month Starts March 12th!

Please join us this weekend for our first open sugar house. We will be open Saturday, March 12 from 10 am till 4pm and Sunday, March 13 from 11am till 4pm. 

 Sugarhouse Tours - watch us make Maple Syrup
 Fresh Samples of Our Maple Syrup
 2016 Maple Syrup for Sale
 Our own Grass Fed Beef for Sale - see below for griller special!

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


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.


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 several smoked hams available!

Griller's Special! - $70
- 3 pounds Ground Beef
- 1 package (approx 1.5 lb) Porterhouse or RibEye
- 1 package (approx 1.5 lb) TBone or Rib Steak
- 1 package (approx 1 lb) Steak Tips


 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 3/4/2016 11:59am by The Webb Family.

Greetings from all of us at Harding Hill Farm,

What a season it has been so far! To sum it up in one word - Unpredictable. We kicked off the season on February 1st, the earliest on record for the Webb Family. Read more about the decision to tap early and take advantage of warm temperatures on our early season blog post. It has been a wild ride this season, but we have managed to make 185 gallons of maple syrup to date.

 

Most of our sap runs have happened during the week which is the reason why we have not been open in the sugarhouse on the weekends. Cold weather seems to have set in every weekend. To put it in perspective, we were not open until March 14th last year! Check our Facebook page or contact us directly for updates on whether we will open and boil on Sunday March 6th.

Our plans for the moment - we will open for Maple Month starting the weekend of March 12th & 13th. The annual Maple Weekend celebration with additional free samples/refreshments will be March 19th & 20th. The sugarhouse will be open on weekends continuing into April as long as the season lasts. For more details - read below or visit the website calendar. Look for weekly updates via email on the maple season while it lasts!


New Hampshire Maple Month Starts March 12th!

Please join us this weekend for our first open sugar house. We will be open Saturday, March 12 from 10 am till 4pm and Sunday, March 13 from 11am till 4pm. 

 Sugarhouse Tours - watch us make Maple Syrup
 Fresh Samples of Our Maple Syrup
 2016 Maple Syrup for Sale
 Our own Grass Fed Beef for Sale

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


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.


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 several 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. 

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 2/5/2016 12:43pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from Harding Hill Farm, 

Remember how last month we talked about winter activities and planning for the new year. Well I think Mother Nature just skipped a few months and fast-tracked us into Spring. With a week of weather that included temperatures at nearly 50 degrees, we have officially kicked off the 2016 maple sugaring season. This was both unexpected and rushed, but we made it happen. We were also able to make over 50 gallons of a beautiful light-colored Amber Rich syrup this week. You can read more about it in our latest blog post. After the cold and snow this morning, we are not sure when the season will kick back into high gear, but we will keep you posted. 

 


 An Early Start to Maple Season on the HHF Blog

It was the earliest start to the maple season on record at Harding Hill Farm.

 

 

 

Read the latest blog post - An Unexpected Early Start to the Maple Season - for an update on our roller coaster of a week. This post shares some great insights into the latest technology and the dependence on mother nature. 


Planning for more Pasture-Raised Pork in 2016

Our pasture-raised pork was quite a success last year, considering we are sold out with the exception of a few smoked hams. We are now compiling a list of interested customers for our 2016 pigs. We plan to get 8 piglets this year to raise on HHF pastures/woodland.

If you are interested in a half or whole pig ready for Fall 2016, please let us know. We have a bulk pre-order list and spots will be filling up quickly. We do plan to have a small amount of pork available by the cut again next fall for those that aren't looking for a large amount.


Grass Fed Beef – Available during Maple Season

We still have  beef available in our freezers at the farm. Be sure to contact us by email/phone if you are interested in placing an order before March. We do not have ‘store hours’ at this time, but we do arrange convenient times to pick up your order at the farm.

Looking ahead, we will once again have beef cuts available during the 2016 maple season at our sugarhouse. Contact us by email for a current price list, and stay tuned for an announcement about our open house weekends.


Spread the Word - Vacation Rental on Harding Hill Farm

We are now offering a vacation rental located right on our beautiful farm, 3 miles from Mount Sunapee Resort. Renovations are complete and pictures have been updated. Visit our website tab - Farm Vacation Rental.

  

This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sleeps up to 10 people, perfect for a getaway to the Lake Sunapee Region. A great place to stay while enjoying downhill skiing at Mount Sunapee, a snowshoe in Webb Forest, or the extensive snowmobile network in the area.

The best part? Complimentary maple syrup upon arrival! Spread the word, and please contact us directly for details! 


  

Thank you again for supporting our local business. Be sure to visit our facebook page and blog for the latest updates on maple season, 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 2/5/2016 11:32am by The Webb Family.

About one week ago on January 28th, Tyler and I sat around the dinner table and debated over whether or not to start tapping our maple trees. The seven day forecast was showing not a single daytime temperature below freezing, which would have been normal if it were March. Unfortunately it was still January. It would be the earliest the Webb family would ever start tapping, and we discussed the pros and cons. After much debate, Tyler concluded that we stand a pretty good chance of missing a really great sap run if we don't act NOW. 

What is the downside of tapping this early? Some may argue that you run the risk of missing later runs during the 'regular' season. The reason? - once you drill a hole into the tree and insert the tap, you have created a wound. Compare this to a cut on your arm. Human blood begins to clot in order to prevent your arm from bleeding. The trees act in a similar way. Sap carries nutrients up to the crown of the tree, and when the tree is punctured, the sap eventually will begin to clot around that hole. When you are looking to pull that sap out of the tree, this isn't good. However, much research has been done and new technology has been developed. The introduction of new drop lines (connects the tap to the tubing) every 3-4 years and taps/spouts every year has helped keep things clean. We use spouts that contain a 'check valve' which lets sap run out of the tree but prevents any bacteria from entering the hole. This technology both protects the tree and enhances the collection of sap, hopefully avoiding any pre-mature healing and prolonging the maple season.

 

We are a small operation compared to many in VT/NH. We put in about 1,300 taps, while the large operations measure in the tens of thousands. Those maple operations were tapping already, but they need to start early at that kind of volume. It usually takes us about 3-5 days to tap our trees, fix damaged lines, and assure our vacuum lines are running correctly (for more info on this, you can read last year's blog - Preparing for Sugaring Season). So on Friday morning, January 29th, Ty went into the woods to begin the 2016 season. 

 

Over the course of three days, we installed 1,200 taps throughout our 12 acre sugarbush. By Sunday afternoon at 2pm, when we installed the last 200 taps, the sap was pouring out as we drilled the holes. It was also nearing 45 degrees, and it was only January 31st.

  

Tyler then spent the rest of the afternoon checking vacuum lines and tightening up the intricate system of tubing. We went to bed that night wondering if all this work would pay off or if it would be a big bust. 

By Monday afternoon, we had 750 gallons of sap at 1.9% sugar (an average measurement would be 2-2.5%) in the tank. For the first time ever, Harding Hill Farm boiled sap on February 1st. We sweetened our pans and made one and half gallons of fresh maple syrup. The quality was perfect, yielding a clear, light Grade A Amber Rich. Prior to 2016, the earliest boil on record was on February 18, 2012. 

 

By Tuesday, with sun and 40 degree temps, the sap was pouring into our tank at a rate of 80 gallons per hour. In the afternoon, it was probably closer to 100-125 gallons per hour. We boiled over 1,200 gallons of sap on Tuesday night, bringing our count to 23 gallons of syrup for the week.

 

On Wednesday, it rained. The raw, damp temperatures just above freezing caused the sap run to stop in its tracks… but Mother Nature was about to throw another curve ball at us. During the night, Wednesday into Thursday, temperatures rose to nearly 50 degrees. When Ty went out to check the tanks at 6:30am on Thursday morning, they had been overflowing for at least a couple hours. Around noon on Thursday, we began boiling around 1,400 gallons of sap. When we left the sugarhouse around 6:30 pm, we had managed to make just under 50 gallons of maple syrup this week. It wasn’t a bust!

This morning we woke up to 28 degrees and snowing...We are wondering if Mother Nature is drunk or just very confused.

 

However, we have a few hundred gallons of sap left from last night, so we will boil again with friends this evening. As we watch the forecast closely, we may get a bit more sap over the weekend, with a possibility of making syrup on Sunday. After that, things should slow down and freeze up… and then we wait. What will the rest of the season bring? How will our trees respond? We wait and hope for the best.

Posted 1/10/2016 5:18pm by The Webb Family.

Greetings from Harding Hill Farm, 

A big Thank You to all our frequent customers that stopped by the sugarhouse during our annual Holiday Open House! We hope you all had a healthy and happy holiday season. Tyler continued tree work well into December, due to the unseasonably warm weather. Winter operations on the farm finally began shortly after the holiday. The guys are logging near the main farm. The cows are shut into their winter paddocks after an extended season in their big pasture. However, the latest excitement around here is the completed renovations on our new vacation rental home located right on our farm. Check out the details and link below.

This is the time of year to start planning for the new year – seed catalogs arrived, we are deciding on piglet numbers for 2016, and we are spending some time experimenting in the HHF kitchen. We will keep you posted as we make plans for the 2016 maple sugaring season and beyond. Meanwhile you can find us in the woods... and hoping for some more cold and snow! 

 


New For 2016 - Vacation Rental located on Harding Hill Farm

We are now offering a vacation rental located right on our beautiful farm, 3 miles from Mount Sunapee Resort. Renovations are complete and pictures have been updated. Visit our website tab - Farm Vacation Rental.

  

This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sleeps up to 10 people, perfect for a getaway to the Lake Sunapee Region. A great place to stay while enjoying downhill skiing at Mount Sunapee, a snowshoe in Webb Forest, or the extensive snowmobile network in the area.

The best part? Complimentary maple syrup upon arrival! Spread the word, and please contact us directly for details! 


Winter Thoughts from the HHF Kitchen

 

We are working on adding more recipes to the farm websites recipe tab in order to share new and creative ways to cook with our farm products. 

Read the latest blog post - Winter Thoughts from the HHF Kitchen - for an update from the kitchen. This post shares some great new recipes, all of which include the use of maple syrup. 


Planning for more Pasture-Raised Pork in 2016

Our pasture-raised pork was quite a success last year, considering we are sold out with the exception of a few smoked hams. We have done plenty of taste testing – most recently pulled pork tacos and a breakfast casserole featuring our breakfast sausage. Yum!

If you are interested in a half or whole pig ready for Fall 2016, please let us know. We are just starting to put together a pre-order list as we plan our piglet numbers for the upcoming summer season.


Grass Fed Beef – Nearly all cuts are still available!

We still have plenty of beef available in our freezers at the farm. 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.

Looking ahead, we will once again have beef cuts available during the 2016 maple season at our sugarhouse. Contact us by email for a current price list.


Maple Syrup available by order

We still have a supply of maple syrup from the 2015 season. Please contact us if you need a supply of syrup to make it till the start of the 2016 sugaring season.

As a reminder, we also offer customized glass maple syrup favors for weddings, gifts, and special events. Let us know what you are looking for, and we can put together a quote.


  

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 1/3/2016 4:57pm by The Webb Family.

Winter weather has finally arrived. Being a snow lover, I'm trying to forget those 60 degree days we had around Christmas and embrace the change. Forecasts are calling for below zero temps in the next couple days, and I'm pulling out the winter hats and scarves. 

This is normally a busy time of year around here, despite the cold. Tyler is usually in the woods 6 days a week. During the week, I'm at the office, but on the weekend I'm usually skiing or coaching skiing. This year, without frozen ground, the logging season has been delayed. Meanwhile the ski area is just barely opening, and I'm not able to get back on the slopes for another month or so due to rehab from hip surgery. To fill the time, I have been experimenting with new recipes. 

We like to make meals that use real food, meaning as little processing as possible and farm-raised or locally sourced. Coming off of surgery and limited physical activity, I'm also focused on cooking healthy enough to keep the pounds off. I'm constantly on the hunt for new recipes and ideas. You can find some of my favorites in my occasional posts to the HHF recipe tab on our website. 

For Christmas, my mom gave me a new cookbook - Maple by Kate Webster. I figured it was just another maple syrup themed book, filled with breakfast, dessert, and generally unhealthy recipes. I could not have been more wrong. This book is filled with delicously fresh, seasonal, and healthy recipes using maple syrup in new and creative ways. It has inspired my latest posts to our recipe section of the website, and I highly recommend the book. You can also find more from Kate Webster on her blog - www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com.

Great for a weeknight dish, we tried her Maple Tahini Chicken and Broccoli as our first recipe from the new book. Ty is a big fan of Chinese food. I despise it, basically throwing it in the category of unhealthy, fast food. This recipe puts a fresh spin on the classic chicken and broccoli dish, both sweet and savory. Also a great excuse to pull out a bag of our frozen broccoli from the farm garden. We even had leftovers for lunch for the next couple days.

 

On New Years Eve, we had friends visiting for the weekend. To celebrate, we wanted to grill up some HHF grass fed steaks. I started thumbing through my new Maple cookbook and came upon a recipe for Chipotle and Maple Flank Steak Tacos. I was sold. The mexican theme gave me an excuse to make some 7 layer dip for an appetizer, which is one of our favorite indulgences. This dinner was delicious, and surprisingly not very spicy despite the chipotle peppers. We will use the marinade again, as it was a perfect fit for the flank steak. Steak tacos may become a new staple in our house.

I hope this helps some of you find some inspiration and new recipes to try at home. As a natural sweetener, maple syrup is filled with minerals and antioxidants. I love spreading the word that it can be used for more than just your Sunday pancakes. For the amount of maple syrup we are going through in our house, I'm just happy we produce it right here on the farm. Stay tuned for more posts and recipe experiments... Happy New Year!

~ Kelly

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! 


 

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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.