harvest is almost complete as we prepare for the upcoming holidays.
Once again, we have found our pre-purchase apple bag program was
extremely popular with our customers and much less stressful on our
staff. The purchase of PYO apples was huge and as our new trees come
into production, we expect even better results next year. For the first
time in many years, we had PYO through November 1. A record amount of
Honeycrisp was picked over a 2 month period.
The loss of Grandma in early October was
difficult on all of us. From the first day she moved in with us almost
eleven years ago, she immersed herself in helping on the farm. She was
especially proud of her snack shack and the young employees that worked
with her. She is missed!
Our meat business continues to grow. I am
now able to offer chickens both whole, half, and quarters. As we look
forward to 2016, I will be adding both ground turkey and chicken as well
as turkey and chicken sausage.
Our Thanksgiving turkeys are still available
in sizes between 20 and 25 pounds. Smaller turkeys sold out in
October. Our goal is to add more birds under 20 pounds next year.
Rosie’s of Vermont has undertaken the
processing of Karabin Farms raised beef jerky. They also hope to add
Karabin Farms beef sticks and chili early in 2016. I am really pleased
with their all natural approach to processing these beef products.
This, added to our all natural beef and pork hot dogs, continues our
goal of serving your family a safe and natural meat product.
The potato and winter squash crop was just
outstanding even though the drought was severe. Blue Adirondack
potatoes along with the new Red Maria have been very popular. Perhaps
the most complete vegetable you can serve is a winter squash. I have
many varieties all with their own unique flavor. Cabbage has been
excellent this fall and I expect to begin harvest of the Brussel sprouts
Christmas trees will be available starting
Sunday, November 22, and cut your own will begin on Saturday, November
28. Remember although I will have hundreds of Fraser, Balsam, Douglas,
and Canaan firs, I sell out early on cut your own. I also stock stands,
wreaths, and garlands. The store is filled with many unique Christmas
As I look forward to 2016, it looks like a
very busy year. Our spring plants are ordered. The veggie seeds are
coming in and, yes, once again, I will be farming 160 acres in
Southington and Farmington. I look forward to the arrival of our new
John Deere tractor with a buddy seat so that the next generation, our
grandkids, can ride with their grandfather and learn the appreciation of
farming and the bounties of the land.