August 11, 2018, we will be closed to attend the Garlic and Goats festival. Please find our booth there and say hi. We’ll be bringing tomatoes, plums, blueberries, other veggies, few dahlia and of course some garlic! A few friends are helping me with picking a lot of these for tomorrow and will be at our booth as well so swing on by! We haven’t gone to market in a while and are really excited to be there. Hope to see you!
The 2018 season is now in full swing and we are now open for business. Our regular hours is every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Occasionally, we will open during the week if we have enough produce and berries to warrant it.
After much deliberation, we decided to scale down our vegetable operation this year. Our front and main vegetable field will be fallow while we utilize the back garden area and our two poly-tunnels for vegetables.
The raspberries have suffered much damage this year by the deer, but we still have raspberries for picking from the front half where the deer doesn’t frequent. It is a wonderful year for fruit trees. It is the first year that we have cherries for picking. Our plum trees are full and pear trees look to be bountiful. Our apple trees do suffer deer damage as well and we will see if we will get many apples this year. The blueberries are performing splendidly and will be ready for picking shortly.
If you haven’t already followed us on Facebook, please do since we update it frequently with what is available for picking. We’d love to see you on the farm.
As the year comes to a close, we have been thinking a lot about this past growing season and the plan for the upcoming season. This year marks our second year here. Through the past two years, we have learned so much more than we ever did. We have met more people than ever before, and many of you become our friends, our mentors, and our biggest supporters. We couldn’t have been more grateful to be part of this community. Through your support, we have been able to continue sharing our flavorful and nutrient-dense berries and vegetables, and applying sustainable farming practices on the farm. We invite you to watch this short video which shows why your support has been so important to us and other small farms who try to do the right thing. And once again, thank you for your support!
Our growing season has come to a close so we no longer have a set open hour. We still welcome you to stop by the farm and visit us. We have some summer produce and continue to grow a small amount of vegetables going forward. Take a look at a list of currently available produce and contact us if you would like to stop by. We are mostly around but appreciate a heads-up. Thank you!
Last year was our first year running Sweet Briar Farm. We ran into many challenges, made a lot of friends, learned many valuable lessons, and had a ton of fun. We understand a lot of things much better and we start to feel the rhythms of the farm a lot clearer. We also acknowledge our limitation and find ways to serve our farm patrons better. With much consideration and consultation, we are excited to share an exciting change with you.
For this year, we would like to open the entire farm up for u-picking. That means you can pick anything you see growing at Sweet Briar Farm from blueberries, raspberries, to heirloom tomatoes, peppers, other vegetables, herbs, and even cut flowers. We certainly will have some vegetables harvested and available in our farm stand during open farm days; however, it will be limited compare to what’s available for picking. You could also let us know what you need and we can harvest for you on availability basis. We will continually post produce availability on our Facebook page.
For the 2017 season, Sweet Briar Farm will be open on Saturdays from 10am to 6pm. Our first farm open day will be June 17. During the week, it will be open by appointment.
We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to gather your own fresh ingredients to turn into delicious meals. Come and see how things are grown on the farm and stay in touch with where your food come from.
Along with this exciting change, we create a Facebook group called “Friends of Sweet Briar Farm“. It will be a place where members can share seasonal recipes. We mostly eat what’s available on the farm and we’d love to share that journey with the group as well. And occasionally, we will post u-picking opportunities for limited produce and discounts for surplus we have available exclusively to group members. We invite all current and future Sweet Briar Farm patrons to join.
We are excited for this new adventure and we hope you are too! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to hear from you!
On cold and extremely windy days like this, I’m happy that we took the extra time to move our hens to the greenhouse couple months back. The girls absolutely do not want to go outside today. They have plenty of dry warm space to hang out inside while still enjoying the sunlight. And they have vegetables and squashes brought in to them! Talking about spoiled hens!!! I built the structure on the right from sunflower stalks for them. They fight over it every night, and the losers get to sleep on the official roost.
And no, we are not getting many eggs from them this time of year. We are ok with them focusing their energy on keeping themselves warm and healthy. And we are focusing more on keeping them warm and healthy. The time will come when they return the favor!