Postharvest produce: storage wars

CEW-MR-1-Postharvest produceby Tamara Scully

Keeping produce fresh may be more challenging than growing it. Without proper storage, even the most fruitful harvest is going to be a bust. From high-tech refrigeration units and monitors to basic root cellars, successful storage depends on keeping produce fresh and healthy, and is the key to maximizing profits. [Read more…]

Stoughton Farm – more bang for the buck

CE-MR-3-Stoughton Farm2by Al Dorantes

This time of year pumpkins are everywhere. If you are sick of seeing the orange globes there is a place for you. Stoughton Farm located in Newark Valley, NY, has a Pumpkin Blaster and you can launch pumpkins out of the howitzer-like compressed-air cannon until your heart is content.

Stoughton Farm is a greenhouse, roadside farm market, and corn maze owned by Tim and Deb Stoughton. The farm has been in the family since 1913 and is on its 4th generation. Stoughton Farm grows and sells 10 greenhouses of annuals and perennials. Farm grown produce includes fresh greens, peas, beans sweet corn, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, peppers, potatoes, Indian corn, winter squash, pumpkins and more. Stoughton Farm also has two large high tunnels that allow Fall Raspberry u-picking, rain or shine. In the fall Mums, asters, apples, cider, kettle corn and fudge are a few of the other fall favorites. Tim Stoughton said, “We grow what we can. Take care of it the best we know.” [Read more…]

Round three at the 2014 World Percheron Congress

CM-MR-4-WorldPerch 1044by Laura Rodley

The coliseum shook as 11 mare six-horse hitch teams entered the ring on the final night of the 16th World Percheron Congress. Except for the elegance of the horses, their drivers and their carriages, it could have been a scene from the Wild West of yesteryear with the drivers wearing cowboy hats, working the reins hard. However, there was no scruffiness allowed here. The judges looked for not just how well the teams were matched, but also how well they worked together as they chose the World Champion Mare Six-Horse Hitch Team at the Eastern States Exposition Center in Springfield, MA on Saturday, Oct. 11. [Read more…]

Bridgmont Farm

CN-MR-3-Brigmont3728by Laura Rodley

Peter and Mary Montague own Bridgmont Farm, which was started in 1786 by an ancestor, Elisha Bridgman. Peter grew up on Bridgmont Farm located in Westfield, MA and Mary grew up on Fitzgerald’s Farm, which was owned by her father, in nearby Ashfield. At the time, both were dairy farms. [Read more…]

Barefooting and beyond

CN-MR-3-Barefooting7432by Lorraine Strenkowski

Rodney Cone of Lebanon, CT started shoeing horses in 1989. The then 20-year-old apprentice spent three and a half years under the instruction of a mentor before he went off on his own.

It didn’t take long for Cone to become a desired farrier. With the freedom and willingness to take on the extraordinary clients, Cone found himself flying to an account on Block Island (off the coast of Rhode Island), and to an Olympic Champion in Florida at times of competition, along with a myriad of destinations in Connecticut and the East Coast. [Read more…]