Saturday, August 18, 2012
Summer's Bounty - Keep it Local
They are one of the businesses that has remained traditional but worked very hard to modernize where necessary to stay diverse and survive years like this one that may very well close many doors that have been open for generations. They irrigated their sweet corn and blueberries and despite my fears about availability, these were the best ears of corn I have ever seen and the blueberries were absolutely perfect as well. As temperatures cool, they will bring in extra dollars with their pumpkins, wine, hayrides, festivals, baked goods, and hosting fall events and weddings. They'll also have a run of customers looking for unique locally made gifts for Christmas. They've been working on upgrades to the original buildings to reduce heating/cooling costs and improve efficiency. I'll be back to get at least a few of the apples they do have (although they won't be offering U-pick this year) and hoping to get some cider while I can.
Another local farm business who often partners with the mill on event sponsorship is a farm that raises sheep, cattle and other meat-based products. They offer meat, wool goods, cheeses, soaps and basically anything you could make from a meat animal. They are probably thankful now for the rain we have finally been getting that has restored growth to pastures enough to hopefully get another cut of hay or two and return animals to pasture that have been fed their winter's worth of hay through the summer months. Grain prices are iffy at best and we are all on pins and needles waiting to see the final analysis once the corn starts getting harvested.
Posted by April S.