Fifty years of hard work and community involvement were commemorated at Schoharie County’s Hessian Hill Farm with a day-long celebration, which included farm tours, pony rides, sheep shearing demonstrations, musicians and vendors. The farm event was part of Schoharie County’s 2nd annual Family Farm Day.
Assemblyman Peter Lopez (R-C-I-Schoharie, Dist. 107) was on hand at the celebration to honor the family and award them with special commemorations from New York State Senator Seward, a proclamation from the State Senate, and a citation prepared from the State Assembly to honor the family’s contributions as farmers and active members of the community.
“We’re here in support and celebration of the Goblets — and all of our family farms,” stated Lopez. “We’re mission driven and our mission is to help insure that family agriculture and family farms survive and prosper — not just here in this county but throughout all of New York State. We’re very proud of the Goblet family and we’re very proud of all of our family farms.”
Jim and Lois Goblet, surrounded by family and friends, accepted the framed proclamations and Jim spoke to the attendees who had gathered to hear the speakers.
“This truly is an honor,” said Goblet. “Lois and I and the kids have worked really hard over the past 25 years. But, none of it would have been possible, none of it would have come to fruition and we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do this without my mother, Alice, and without my father.”
Goblet spoke about the way life on the farm has changed since 1964, when his family settled there. “Over the years it’s changed and evolved, but, it’s truly been a pleasure and it’s been very rewarding for me to have my children want to stay here and want to be here and want to be part of this and want to take it to the next level.”
He spoke of the gratification he felt because of the number of people who had come to attend their farm tour and celebration.
“Every day you get out of bed and you say, Okay, what’s on the list to do today? And at the end of the day the list isn’t any shorter than it was when you started. And you wonder if you’re making progress. Then you take an event like this and you bring people in from literally all over the State of New York!”
Goblet said he had initially been a “huge skeptic” of the Family Farm Day tours. “I couldn’t understand why people would get out of bed in the morning, get in the car and then drive to a farm to see…a farm! But, it’s been very rewarding, it’s been very eye-opening for me to see the participation and the genuine interest that people have to see where their food comes from and to see what it is we do — and what we kind of take for granted.”
Goblet thanked everyone, including all of the vendors, for visiting the farm and being part of the celebration.”
“Hessian Hill Farm celebrated its 50th anniversary in farming as part of Schoharie County’s Family Farm Day,” commented Jess Goblet, 4th generation member of the family farm. “Over 500 people visited the Goblet Family, a 4th generation homestead, to learn more about sheep, chickens, horses, pigs and about growing vegetables and flowers. Schoharie County’s rich history of agriculture was exemplified by a variety of county producers that participated in the Hessian Hill celebration. Guests were able to taste locally made products including beer, wine, mead, spirits, cheese and maple syrup.”
The Goblet family raise a variety of livestock and produce on 350-acres of farmland and forest. Raspberries, pumpkins and other fall produce is now available at the farm, which is located on top of Rundy Cup Mountain, 576 Treadlemire Road, Berne, NY. Contact them at 518-701-4964 / 491-8267 or e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org .