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Organic Blueberries and Raspberries are Ripe!

We are excited to announce that Handsome Brook Farm Bed and Breakfast just passed our 2012 certified organic inspection today! The other big news is that we will begin picking organic blueberries and organic raspberries tomorrow…the berries look great and we are excited that the berries will start to appear in Catskill area supermarkets next week — or feel free to stop by the farm to purchase a few pints.

The certification body for the USDA in New York is NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC – see the website below for organic certification guidelines:

http://www.nofany.org/organic-certification

Handsome Brook Farm is a Farm Staycation (also called Farm Stay) where families can stay at our bed and breakfast in the Catskills, feed animals, and participate in farm activities.

Monarch Butterflies…born on Handsome Brook Farm

Monarch larvae appear to feed exclusively on milkweeds in the genus Asclepias and several other genera of viny milkweeds in North America. Milkweeds are perennial plants, which means an individual plant lives for more than one year, growing each spring from rootstock and seeds rather than seeds alone. At Handsome Brook Farm Bed and Breakfast, we have created an un-mowed buffer zone on our berry hill in the Catskills, where milkweed plants flourish, and monarchs hatch every year.

For a great Monarch butterfly resource check out: http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/

Calf joins the farm!

Our new calf “Rusty” was born on June 24th. He joined us on the farm yesterday (at 6 days old) and our farm vacation guests will get to bottle feed him twice per day.

Rusty is a dairy bull calf and is already beginning to make friends with the chickens and lambs.

For those interested in dairy breeds, Rusty is an Ayrshire cross – which originated in the County of Ayr in Scotland, prior to 1800. For more information check out this site:
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/cattle/ayrshire/index.htm

Grow Your Own Blueberries!

This is a great article if you are interested in growing blueberries…like we do :-)

http://www.homeorchardsociety.org/article/40/