We are now selling berry plants on the farm! We have a nice selection of blueberry, blackberry, Red Raspberry, and grape plants for sale in 1 or 2 gallon pots. Come by the farm and see what we have!
We’re wrapping up our projects here at the farm, ensuring each gift has been sent and all roads lead to a fresh start this coming New Year.
Winter is quite the different experience on a farm. Where bright green and orange and red fruits had been sprouting before, there is now a dormant shrub or tree busy gathering all the requirements for the next season’s crops.
Where we had installed drip lines, and carefully planted tiny seed after tiny seed there is now just tilled dirt, full of last season’s leftover nutrients. Winter is nature’s natural recovery period. We take care of our soil in winter for a more fruitful bounty in spring and summer.
From all of us at Hurley Farms, we wish you a safe and happy New Year filled with love, laughter and plenty of fresh veggies!!
Talk a stroll down For Instance Lane with me.
You’ve been invited to a holiday party, where the hosts are throwing a gorgeous party. You’ve minded your Ps and Qs, by offering to bring a dish. Your gracious host has declined, but Etiquetteer would severely frown on you for showing up with nothing. Your hosts also happen to be wine aficionados so the dusty bottle of whatever no big deal label you have isn’t going to cut it.
You type in to your search bar, “Hostess Gifts” and nothing is really doing it for you. Flowers aren’t personal, and chocolates during the holidays?! No way.
You scroll a bit and find our humble farm website, http://www.hurleyfarms.com.
You see we have many different offerings in the way of boutique jam, mustard, oils, and vinegars. You’re mind starts to wander…Yum, jam. And then you realize, we have gift baskets!
Our jam is so uniquely delicious, your hosts will be delighted to think of you whenever they spread our thick and rich jam across their morning breakfast bread. We can customize your basket, or you may choose one of our premade gifts. Each basket is hand packed and available for pick up or shipping.
In order to save you from the mundane and time consuming task of searching for your perfect holiday hostess gifts, order a few to have on hand along with an extra because it would be far too sad to give away all the delectable jam we lovingly make from scratch. A frequent customer of ours keeps several jars of our jam on hand as last minute thank you gifts for those who may have brought a gift without prior warning! She says our jams make the perfect spontaneous gift!
You may browse our gift selections here:
From our farm to you! Thank you for reading today!
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Although Winter has teased its arrival with icy mornings and slippers on my feet evenings I must consider what bounty I would like to harvest in Spring and Summer on Hurley Farms.
Every seed is planted and kept as toasty as possible in our greenhouse.
We are starting to plan our berry plants, and would love to start a few for you too! If you call or visit, we can help you plan your summer garden and get your plants started for you. We will plant raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
You can reserve now for Winter/Spring planting and have a bountiful crop of healthy local berries by late Summer/Fall.
Hurley Farms is all about local, sustainable farming practices!
Now we’re about to blow your mind with a couple awesome feel good facts about our farming practices, specifically regarding our chickens.
1. We compost! It is a farming necessity!
2. We feed our chickens the fantastic fruit leftovers from the trees we grow on property, and any scraps from our commercial/agricultural kitchen such as strawberry tops, peach peels and pumpkin trimmings!
3. We also use the chicken manure we clean out of their hen house in our compost bin and fields, ensuring rich soil!
To us, having the land is a great gift but using the land responsibly is about ingenuity, and we’ve got tons of it here!
Come visit our farmstand! We’re open today from 10-5!
A sweet and sinless cousin to our delicately spiced Apple Butter is the Pear Butter we happen to be jarring this month!
There’s no doubt in our minds, when you taste this unctuous alternative, your mind will go reeling with the number of ways you can apply it to every dish in your repertoire. A treat for the senses, our pear butter is sweet, smooth and expertly spiced.
As long as there have been pear trees, people have been making pear butter. We all know the fruit doesn’t keep very well, in its natural state. We also know pear trees are notorious for giving up pounds upon pounds upon pounds of fruit! A blessing from the earth indeed! Since pear trees can give fruit for as few as fifty or as many as one hundred years, owners have always been fraught with fruit! Cool factoid: Hurley Farms pear trees have been around for about fifty years! Pear butter is an excellent way to solve the excess fruit problem.
After some light research, I’ve come across some interesting tidbits about the pear’s skin. Apparently, that thin and gritty covering packs a powerful punch of fiber (1/3 your daily recommended intake!) and phytonutrients. (Phytonutrients contain cancer busting antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties!!!) When I think of all the icky ways to get more fiber in my diet (A certain orange powder comes to mind) I cringe a little. Now I know just a couple of pears a day can get me almost there, and that makes me super happy! Pears are so delicious! I put them in a salad, with gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and peppery greens, or on my turkey and cranberry sandwich! The possibilities are endless!
Now, if you’ve read this far (and I applaud you if you have) take this one piece of advice on pears:
EAT THE SKIN!