Greetings from Rose Hill Farm!
We are amidst an exciting transition at Rose Hill Farm. Over the past few years, Dave and Karen Fraleigh, the 6th generation owners of Rose Hill Farm, made the bittersweet decision to retire and move to NC. This past November, Bruce and Holly Brittain purchased Rose Hill Farm and subsequently partnered with their uncle, Chris Belardi ("Dr. B"), and local farmer, Tim Boyle. Our shared vision is to grow and share the family friendly Pick Your Own orchard, be effective stewards of the land and preserve the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. Learn more About Us.
We are grateful to the Fraleighs who continue to support us through this transition. Dave has returned on a monthly basis to assist our team; his mentoring is critical to the continued success of Rose Hill Farm. Together with friend and local orchardist, Chuck Mead, Dave helped us plant over 1000 trees in late April. The varieties planted include Honeycrisp, Winecrisp, Royal Courts, Pink Ladys, SnapDragon and RubyFrost. Read More
Tim's expertise in livestock has allowed us to naturally improve the health of our land by incorporating 75 chickens and 7 pigs that rotate around our fallow fields. Our heritage breed laying hens include Wyandotte, Welsummers and Araucana. Get ready for some colorful eggs (including blue!). Our pigs, Tamworth Oldspot and Berkshire breeds, have been enjoying their exercise, rooting up a defunct orchard and prepping the land for future plantings. Their diet includes plenty of apples all winter long. We are excited to expand our farm stand offerings this fall with our own fresh pastured eggs and pork (bacon, sausage and chops). We'll soon be taking special orders for pigs by the quarters and halves.
We're proud of our own Dr. Chris Belardi who's become quite the expert on honeybees. Bees are essential to the farm for pollinating fruit and berries. Many fruit crops (i.e. apples, blueberries, cherries) require an insect pollinator to help ensure pollination. Having a sufficient quantity of pollinators during bloom is essential to produce a sustainable crop. Proper pollination increases fruit size at yield, hastens maturity, and produces a more symmetrical fruit shape. This spring Dr. B custom built and installed three new bee colonies at Rose Hill Farm to improve pollination in our orchard. The hives are thriving and we expect to start offering our own Dr. B's honey at our farm stand later this year!
SWEET CHERRIES! While the cold weather in April reduced the yield of our cherry crop, many of the trees have fruit and are ripening quickly! We will be open on Saturday June 18th from 8am - 3pm for limited Pick Your Own sweet cherries! You're welcome to e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (845.758.4215) to confirm availability before your visit. Next on the PYO schedule are blueberries which should be ready for picking on July 1st.
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments or suggestions - we'd love to hear from you and look forward to meeting you at the farm soon!
The Rose Hill Farm Family