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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! 


 

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
 


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~ 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!