Category Archives: Local Food

Sprouting Seeds – It’s Springtime!

Sprouting Seedlings

 

March is a pretty exciting time for New England farmers: The seed order arrives, we start digging around for seedling trays and heat lamps. Sprouting seeds kick of the re-greening of the dead brown ground being revealed by the quickly retreating snow banks. Karen has broccoli and kale started already, pushing up first leaves. Last week she planted 4 kinds of tomatoes and 3 kinds of peppers. This week, some of the early flowers and herbs will find their spot out on the seedling starting porch.

Get ready for some great produce this year!

Eggs At Last, Lord Almighty, Fresh Eggs At Last

Farm Fresh Eggs
And now THIS is happening y’all..

I know. It’s been a long and difficult wait for us too. GOOD NEWS: All spring we had to suffer with store bought, cage grown (ew) nasty eggs. But now our new girls at Mercy Hill Farm are finally laying!

Plymouth Barred Rock Laying Hens
Plymouth Barred Rock Laying Hens

The new girls are about 5 months old now and pumping out about two dozen delicious, golden-orange yolked eggs every day. They’re just getting started. Soon we will have 5 or 6 dozen a day. These Plymouth Barred Rocks (above) are curious and friendly, great foragers and love to fight over the tomato hornworms we pluck out of the garden!

Aracauna laying hens

The Aracauna’s are a little more cautious and aloof (the two on the right above are Aracaunas,) but they lay pretty blue and green shelled eggs. They also have a varied and unusual feathering around their faces (like the one below:)

Aracauna Laying Hen Face
Aracauna Laying Hen Face

 

 

It’s also harvest season at Mercy Hill Farm. So in addition to farm fresh eggs, you will find fresh, in season vegetables in our store as well.

 

Fresh Garden Vegetables
Fresh Garden Vegetables
Piper on the Patio
Piper on the Patio

Piper says come on by anytime. She’s really excited about the new patio out back; what we call the “Chillax-io.” Stop by and say hello and chillax a bit.

 

Summer Blossoms

Truly, summer is the most impressive time for taking pictures of the farm. These are snapshots of flowers blooming currently around the house:

Purple Coneflower
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea)
Purple Cosmos (Cosmos Asteraceae)
Purple Cosmos (Cosmos Asteraceae)
Columbine (Aquilegia)
Columbine (Aquilegia)
Pink Cosmos (Asteraceae)
Pink Cosmos (Asteraceae)
Purple Monarda (Fistulosa)
Purple Monarda (Fistulosa) Also known as Bee Balm
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia Pulchella)
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia Pulchella)
Red Bee Balm (Monarda Didyma)
Red Bee Balm (Monarda Didyma)
More Cosmos
More Cosmos!

We love growing our own food, but we plant a lot of flowers and herbs as well. Flowers not only add to the charm of the farm, but they attract beneficial insects, and produce scents that confuse or even repel pests.

Chick Day 2012

Spring is just around the corner, and we’re excited to start another great farming season.
Chick Day
 
The baby chicks are camping out in the office until the blustery winds calm down a bit out there.
Piper Likes Chicks
Piper likes the chicks too.
Griffin and Chicks
The are amusing to watch. and they give whole new meaning to the word “twitter.”
Griffin on Shoulders

Chick Up Close
Two day old Plymouth Barred Rock Chick.

Hanging round on the feeder
Hanging round on the feeder..
Piper With Chicks on Her Mind
Piper With Chicks on Her Mind..

If all goes well, we will have eggs for sale again come August. Stay tuned!
Click here to see more pics of Chick day. Nice job Sara!

Thanksgiving on Mercy Hill Farm

Snow Peas

I know we planted Snow Peas but…

Kale the superfood

Kale don’t care. Look at it growing through the snow. Love Kale.

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard on the other hand, while pretty against the white snow, is a little more spleeny. Leaves died shortly after these pics were taken.

Root Vegetables

Squash supply is holding up nicely along with the carrots and onions. Thanksgiving in many ways this year. Hope yours is a wonderful one too!