If any of you have driven by the farm stand, you will see that the awning is down, the displays are safely under cover and we are closed for the season.
The hibernating bear may represent the farm stand sleeping, but we are not sleeping here at the farm.
First of all, we have transformed our “Bee Room” (where we usually have our observation bee hive and sell strawberries, asparagus, and honey before the season opens) into a “Holiday Room”. The room is located here at the farm location:
If the main gate to Montgomery Place is OPEN, come in the gate and make your first right and head towards all the yellow barns and pine trees. The “Bee Room –Holiday Room” is the small building located right in the center of everything.
If the gate is NOT open, please use our driveway which is just north of the main gate –it is the first left after the main gate, and it goes up a hill right to the farm house. If you use this entrance, please go slow (it’s a bit steep!) and watch out for pups and chickens!
Here you can buy Black Raspberry Jam (regular or seedless), Black Currant Jam, Strawberry Jam and Crabapple Jam as well as our Orchard Blossom Honey and Fruit Infused Vinegar. We have wicker gift baskets all ready for you to fill with whatever items you choose to make your own Holiday Gift Baskets.
Now as I said, the Hibernating Bear Sign may represent the farm stand sleeping, but we are set up on an Honor System because there is so much work to be done here at the farm. We have started pruning the pear trees and raspberries, but mostly we are trying to get everything cleaned, winterized and put away before the winter really sets in. Once that happens we will have to prune all the apples and grapes and raspberries. On those days when it is too cold to work outside, we will be ordering seeds, doing paperwork, cleaning and resting some too.
So this will bring our 2016 season to an end. We THANK YOU ALL!!
IF it gets really cold this winter (more than 14 degrees below zero), please make yourselves a cup of tea and put our honey in it (or have a piece of toast with our honey on it) and then say a prayer that it won’t get too cold to do any damage to the fruit buds.
Please note that although we have opened the Bee Room to all of you for the holidays, the farm itself, which is our home, is not open for touring.
However, if you are in the mood for a beautiful winter walk, we encourage you to take some time to visit and explore the surrounding historic Montgomery Place Campus of Bard College, where our farm is located. Many of you locals know this site as just “Montgomery Place”, and have taken many walks there over the years. But for those of you that are new to the area, the historic site is open daily until dusk, and has some lovely marked trails through the woods, as well as wonderful views of the Montgomery Place mansion and the Hudson River. Read more about it here. Also note that there are no pets allowed on the property.