Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thank you to all!


We want to extend a big thank you to everyone who made it out to our open house this past Saturday. Despite the snowstorm, the turnout was great, and all of the feedback was much appreciated. We are so excited to be open for business and are looking forward to all that the new year has to offer! Come and visit us, we are now open Thursdays-Saturdays from 11 to 6!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Garden Successes

Every year it seems, our gardening experiences have been, to put it lightly, a learning experience.  It seems we learn more of what not to do than what actually works. This year has been no different. Instead of drought, we have been dealing with more rain than we need, which brings about the bane of my existence this summer...weeds.

There have been some successes this year, however. If you look at the raised beds behind the farm house right now, you'll see this:
That is one massive bunch of tomato plants.

Friday, July 19, 2013

This past Sunday we spent the afternoon at Lake Ontario on the sailboat.  It's been a tough summer for sailing.  We went literally for weeks with drenching rains following a cool spring.  Sunday was perfect, with temperatures in the 80's, full sun, and hours ahead to enjoy.

 Farms and businesses, homes and families are demanding.  I am often tempted to forego the pleasure of an afternoon of rest and refreshment because the list of things I need to accomplish grows faster that the list of things that I have accomplished.  This is what I have learned (finally!).  Taking the time to rest and reflect helps me to prioritize the important jobs and the ones that are less important can stay on the list until I get around to them.

Sunday was wonderful!  I read my favorite magazine from cover to cover while Larry washed the boat.  We were visited by the family of swans that knows we have treats to share, and we had several hours of enjoyable sailing.

When I arrived home I didn't see the list of work to be done, I saw the farm.  Stone Hollow Farm.

Margaret


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Update July 2013: Progress!


Things have been quite busy at Stone Hollow these days. After years of dreaming, planning, learning, and effort, everything is starting to come together! Construction of the kitchen is finished, save for some painting and other small things, and it has turned out amazing. I have never been in a professional kitchen that is as clean, bright, and efficient as ours. Not to mention the views!


 It is such a refreshing and relaxing place to work.

In other news, we have a real .com website! Our previous address, stonehollowfarmny.blogspot.com, will now be redirected here. It is definitely a work-in-progress, as I am still a complete noob, but I am learning as I go. I am planning on adding lots of features to the site in the future, so stay tuned!

More updates and pictures to be uploaded soon, and we now plan on keeping a regular schedule with blog posts from now on.

Love you guys, and thanks for sticking with us!

Jeanna

Monday, November 19, 2012

Opening Day

   First day of shot gun season.  The first blasts echo across the fields around 6:45 am.  The scene out the kitchen window is crisp with frost and very still.  Suddenly a young buck darts at full throttle from the back acreage and up the hedge line between the woods and the cemetery.
   I am not a hunter but understand the deep roots of hunting in this area.  The deer population has exploded over the years due to the lack of natural predators.  I know it is healthy for the deer population to be controlled.  All the hunters I know use the meat to feed their families and give extra to neighbors like myself.  I love a hearty venison stew brimming with roasted root vegetables and a loaf of crusty homemade bread served steaming on a winters eve. 
   There is a balance to life on the farm and in this community.  With the turmoil all around the nation and world there is comfort in knowing that pockets of such balance still exist and will be defended.  Summer and Winter; Life and Death; Times of Struggle and Times of Peace. 
   I am reminded of the buck again, strong and beautiful running past my window.  I am happy for him.  He has another day to walk this beautiful earth.  It is 8:00 am.  The sun is burning the frost off the grass as it glows large and orange in the east.  I am also thankful for one more day in the sun. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Early Spring Morning

It's early morning.  The light is dimmed behind heavy clouds.  The air is heavy as I walk across the damp grass to the barn.  The horses stand quietly in their stalls as I put on their halters.  They perk up as I carry hay down the aisle and out the south door to the winter pasture.  This weekend we will finish fencing the south pasture with it's thick spring grass.  When I do, there will be no need to throw hay in the morning.  They wouldn't touch it if I did with the choice of tender foliage all around them.  Last night when we finished baking, we put on our muck boots and spent time brushing our herd of four and led the two babies Colby and Tess past the garden beds and into the orchard.  Their training is progressing well and we will be taking this walk on their backs soon.  The orchard is progressing as well.  I will make time tomorrow to tie soap packets on the branches to repel the deer.  My thoughts leave yesterday and return to my morning chores. The chickens are happy to stretch their wings and greet me and their layer crumbles.  Lucile and Betty are not morning hens so I gently coax them out of the coop.  Three eggs this morning. I cook one for breakfast with two slices of homemade bread that was baked last Saturday.  I will have to knead another batch this weekend.  Always something to attend to at Stonehollow.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Changes

Unusual weather has marked the spring of 2012.  The warm temperatures in March brought early blossoms to the farm.  The weeping cherry and wisteria that enhance the front garden bed were tricked into thinking it was time to throw out buds of white and lavender. A sudden cold snap in April killed the emerging flowers.  Even sheets draped over the shivering trees couldn't stop the damage.  Today there are snowflakes in the air.  I am reminded that growth is most often slow and comes with repeated effort.  The blossoms may have fallen but the plants are strong and shimmering green leaves are taking their place.  The peas are well up in the garden.  They are made for the changeable weather and remain unaffected.    We are in the process of adding eight new trees to the orchard.  I fertilized the four we planted last year and added rich dark mulch around the bases of the trunks.  Before the foul weather crept over the meadow I was able to plant two of the new additions.  One healthy young Liberty Apple tree and a Veteran Peach.  I am reminded that I am imposing my will on this tiny bit of earth that is under my care.  Like the land we tend,we are growing and changing with the seasons on Stonehollow Farm.