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The very best of our season's bounty, harvested at peak and prepared with care.

19 Jun

Battle for the Berries

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke

Balloon and dogs to scare birds

Berries vs Bird Battlers

MMFFVT currants are getting big enough to attract the birds.  We like them Red, White and Black.  Green is good enough for the birds.

Scary balloons and farm bird dogs to the fore.  Wish us luck so there will be plenty of preserves for all of you to indulge yourselves in the taste of summer and give as those always welcome special gifts from Vermont.

16 Jun

Vermont Berries for Jam

A sunny day is an event to be cherished.

Here at the foot of Morrill Mountain in South Strafford, Vermont the month of May was cool and very wet.  For the good, everything is lush green and slightly overgrown. Morrill Mountain Fruit Farm berry bushes are loaded with tender young leaves, blossoms and forming berries. Pollinators are working overtime.  If the dandelions are a predictor, we'll have a bumper crop to harvest for our yummy small batch organic preserves. 

For the not so good, the winds and rains may have knocked blossoms to the ground before the pollinators got to them.  We can't tell yet, and it is completely beyond control.  Driving rain and hail in June keeps us hopefully humble.  Life on a berry farm in Vermont

20 Dec

Winter Solstice

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke in farm, Snow covered bushes, Winter Solstice
farm in snowThose snow mounds sticking up are four foot boulders that mark the farm entrance.  Earlier in the week we got a over a foot of snow and woke up to -18 Farhenheit.  It's fortunate that we got the snow first to insulate and protect the berry bushes from extreme cold as they stand sentinel to the shortest day and longest night of the year. 
05 May

Early May

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke in farm, spring

Checking the bushes on May 1st to see how they came through the winter and that things were perking along with the season.  The late snow cover helped insulate the small branches from the warming sun and freezing nights of early Spring. Looking good!  The blueberry buds that set last Fall are starting to swell.  Currants and raspberries are leafing out