Berry Plants For Sale

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!

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Berry Plant Starts

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.

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Did you know!?

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!

Bartlett Pear Butter, Apple Butter’s Best Friend

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!

Winter Garden Sprouts

Winter Garden Sprouts

Just a sample of the seedlings we have planted for this year’s winter garden.

Everything from Swiss Chard through Broccoli Rabe. We have your winter greens needs taken care of!

Baby chicks have arrived!!!

Hurley Farms welcomes a new flock of baby chickens to the farm. These new chicks will eventually join our adult flock of almost 100 adult hens that supply us with our delicious fresh eggs. We have six different breeds in our new batch of chickens Buff Orpingtons, Ameraucanas, Rhode Island Reds, Danish Brown Leghorns, Black Australorps, and Golden Sex Links.

Chicken facts!

Buff Orpingtons
Originating in England and recognized as a distinct breed by the American Poultry Association in 1902, the Buff Orpington was prized as being a good meat bird as well as an excellent layer. These “Golden Beauties” as they are often called lay light to dark brown eggs.

Ameraucanas are also known as the “Easter Egg Chicken”. These chickens lay green or blue eggs.

Rhode Island Reds are one of the most popular, and well recognized of all the breeds.

Black Ausrtralorps originated in Australia and are known for their shiny rich black feathers. These hardy, yet docile birds are excellent winter laying hens.

Danish Brown leghorns originated from Italy, Denmark, and England. These prolific layers, can lay between 200 to 300 large white eggs a year.

Golden Sex Links also known as Bovan Browns are a cross-breed. Sex links are bred so that their gender can be determined by their color. Male chicks are a creamy white, while females are colored in shades of red.

Peaches

We take pride in our peaches! We grow Red Haven and Hale Haven peaches, just outside our vineyard. Our tall trees lining the vineyard are a picture of ubiquitous Napa Valley.

Why Red Haven and Hale Haven breeds you ask?

These specific breeds are cold hearty, meaning they can take a freeze or two with a greater load of fruit than other varietals. They are also self-pollinating, and have much less fuzz than your average cling peach.

These trees love our full sun and cool nights!

We love peaches, and put them practically everywhere! In our pies, homemade ice cream, breakfast cereal, with salads, cobblers and the like. Peaches have so many applications; you’d be hard pressed to find a “gone bad” peach around these parts! One favorite “recipe” is to cut the peach in half, sprinkle a bit of sugar on the cut side, and place cut side down on a piping hot barbeque grill. Let it sit for a few minutes, until the flesh is soft and just under charred. The heat and flame really brings out the sweetness in the fruit and will accompany any chicken or pork dish very nicely!
For our jam, we simmer the incredibly ripe peaches with a bit of sugar and pectin until the pot is bubbling with softened fruit. After a while, the jam takes on a pinkish tint and we know it’s ready when the scent of warm peaches has filled the air.

Please stop by our website to purchase jam, or come by the farm and pick up some peaches! We have tons, and definitely want to share the wealth!
Farm hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm!