Dear Friends and Patrons of Cross Island Farms,
Fall has arrived on Wellesley Island with gusty winds, cooler air, and some much needed rain.
RECLAIMING THE SWAMP: It was so dry during the summer that our fenced-in pastures, once grazed, did not regrow, and the 30 acres of Class II wetlands in the “back 40″ were wet no more. In order to avoid resorting to feeding the ruminants hay, David was able to brushhog cross-hatched grazing paddocks throughout the “swamp” without getting the tractor stuck once! It was a huge amount of work cutting through the cattails and brush, and bringing power to the portable fences and water to the cows and goats as they moved daily through the area. The goats, who are primarily browsers, were thrilled with the variety of weeds, brush and small trees from which to nibble tasty morsels; the cows, who can eat this fodder, but prefer lush grass, were not as happy and complained daily with loud moos, demanding to move to grassier pastures.
U-PICK TOMATOES: Until we have a hard frost, we have organic tomatoes on the vine in abundance, and invite you to come to the farm to pick a quantity for sauce, salsa, or whatever. Please call ahead to be sure we are home to show you where the best pickings are.
HARVEST TOUR: This coming Saturday and Sunday Cross Island Farms is participating in Jefferson County’s first “Harvest Tour Weekend” during which 20 farms and agricultural businesses around the county are opening their doors to the public. Of course, Cross Island Farms is always open for tours and camping. But on this special weekend we are offering discounts on our tours scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday the 29th, and 2 p.m. Sunday the 30th. Visit www.agvist.com or www.adirondackharvest.com for more info about the weekend.
PUMPKIN PICKING: On Sunday the 30th at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the Harvest Tour, Cross Island Farms is partnering with the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center for a pumpkin picking event here at the farm. The public is invited to help gather pumpkins from our field to be used for children’s pumpkin painting at the Nature Center’s Fall Festival the following weekend. Young children particularly enjoy this event, which is free, and followed by an optional farm tour.
CATAPULT CONSTRUCTION: Those of you who follow us on Facebook know that a student from Clarkson recently volulnteered his time to build us a catapult as an attraction used to lob various vegetables and fruits into our pig paddock where Yorkie Girl and her 9 baby piglets enjoy chasing the trajectories of excess organic tomatoes and zucchini. It is quite the show. If you come for a tour you can try your hand at it. It’s been suggested that we call it a “pigapult” but David has pointed out that we would then have to use it to lob the pigs.
PORK: Speaking of pigs, we are now taking reservations for our delicious pork (by whole or half hog) which we will raise for you on organic grain and vegetables over the fall and winter for spring pick-up. Go to our website to download a reservation form.
GOAT: We still have some goats available for fall harvest. The reservation form is downloadable at our website.
DUCKS and TURKEYS: We are also taking reservations for organic ducks and turkeys which we are raising for this holiday season. Please email for more info.
DANI’S BLOG: Although I am a bit computer phobic, with the help of a computer-savy summer intern, I have started a blog where all of my former newsletters are archived and I ocassionally enter a personal reflection about life here at Cross Island Farms. You can access it by clicking on the icon on our website’s home page.
From Cross Island Farms we wish you a bountiful fall season.
Cross Island Farms