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We have many recent farm updates to share: bees, pigs, chickens, irrigation, and PYO blueberries for all of July!
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Happy Summer from Rose Hill Farm!

We hope you are enjoying the summer so far. We are having a great time at Rose Hill Farm! Here is a quick update on everything from blueberries to bees. We would also like to introduce you to Anne, who has been part of the Rose Hill Farm Family for 10 years.

BLUEBERRIES!  We will continue to be open through early August for Pick Your Own blueberries. Our current summer hours are Thursday thru Sunday from 8am until 1pm and Saturdays until 4pm. We also have ready picked blueberries available in our Farmstand cooler, please stop by anytime. If you need some inspiration for an easy summer dessert, see this delicious, healthy and gluten free Blueberry Almond Crisp.

The month of June was hot and dry. Average daytime temperatures were in the mid 80’s and we only received 2 inches of rain for the entire month. While not a perfect solution, our mobile irrigation system has helped the farm endure this hot, dry period of weather in the Hudson Valley.

Our Rose Hill Farm Apiary is doing well. The three new bee hives are active, gradually filling out brood boxes and some storing honey in supers though each hive is progressing at its own pace. Dr. B moved a brood frame from our strong hive, Hope, and placed it in Harmony’s brood chamber to assist its production. We expect to harvest plenty of honey which should be available for purchase at the Farmstand this fall.

Have you tried our bacon? We have expanded our Farmstand offerings to include our own Rose Hill Farm pastured pork from our Tamworth Oldspot and Berkshire pigs. When you visit Rose Hill Farm to pick blueberries this summer or apples this fall, please check our freezer for your favorite cuts as we currently have bacon, sausage, chops, ribs, small hams and roasts. We are currently taking special orders for pigs by the quarters and halves, available this fall. Send us an email info@pickrosehillfarm.com to request details.

Many folks have asked about our "new" logo. Turns out it is inspired by an old rose emblem we found on a Rose Hill Farm postcard from the early 1900s. Please see our blog post for details of the new logo design and some historic goodies we discovered in the attic of the farmhouse!

We are excited to commence our Friends of Rose Hill Farm feature so you can get to know the Rose Hill Farm Family. We'll eventually transition this to feature frequent customers, other nearby farms and partner businesses. First up is Anne Davis, a face who has been working with Rose Hill Farm for close to 10 years. A short interview with her is below!  If you come to Rose Hill Farm during Blueberry season (now through early August) you will have the pleasure of meeting her in person!

Please reach out with any questions, comments or suggestions - we would love to hear from you and look forward to meeting you at the farm soon!  

The Rose Hill Farm Family 
 

Name: Anne Davis
Hometown: Lake Katrine
How long have
you worked at Rose Hill Farm? Approximately 10 years
How did you meet the Fraleighs? For years I knew Dave and Karen from attending the same church, so when they asked me to lend a hand one summer, I was happy to as they were dear friends. Working with them at their beloved orchard was a revelation - the beauty and history of Rose Hill Farm, Dave's expertise and enthusiasm for growing the best possible fruit, Karen's enjoyment of organizing the farm stand and stocking it with her wonderful jams and fruit butters, and the unfailing zest and enjoyment of all the people who come to pick each year has made it my favorite of all work experiences. 
What is your favorite Pick Your Own fruit? Rose Hill Farm peaches are by far my favorite of all the farm's fruits and have completely spoiled me for eating any other peaches. They are so juicy and tangy and sweet yet susceptible to weather damage as they develop. That, of course, just makes them even more enjoyable in the years they are plentiful!
What do you enjoy most about working at Rose Hill Farm? The opportunity to meet, serve and hang out with our patrons. It is undeniable that only nice people come to Rose Hill Farm to pick fruit! The magic of being in a beautiful place, surrounded by delicious fruit, meeting friendly people and getting paid for it never diminishes!  .
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Blueberry Almond Crisp
Rose Hill Farm Hudson Valley Pick Your Own Blueberries
PYO Blueberries
We have resumed summer hours for Pick Your Own blueberry season. There are several varieties ripening throughout July into early August. We are open Thurs-Sun 8am-1pm and Sat until 4pm. Please visit our website for updates.
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Bees are Working Diligently
Dr. B moved a brood frame from our strong hive, Hope, and placed it in Harmony’s brood chamber to assist its production. We expect to harvest plenty of honey available at the Farmstand this fall.
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RHF Bacon!
Please check our Farmstand freezer for your favorite cuts as we currently have bacon, sausage, chops, ribs, small hams and roasts. We are also currently taking special orders for pigs by the quarters and halves, available this fall.
Rose Hill Farm logo legacy Hudson Valley history
Our Legacy Logo
Our "new" logo is inspired by a rose emblem we found on a 1900s postcard. See our blog post for details about the new logo design and some historic goodies we discovered in the farmhouse attic!
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Irrigation for our newly planted trees
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Hens Heading out to Pasture
Our heritage hens are enjoying their new scenery. Rose Hill Farm eggs from our pasture raised chickens will be available at our Farmstand this fall.
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Trees for "Tribs"
Pencil your calendar for Saturday, Oct 29th. Together with Scenic Hudson, and in cooperation with the NYS DEC, we have scheduled a buffer planting event at Rose Hill Farm. Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs ("tribs" as in tributaries) engages volunteers in restoring thousands of feet of streamside buffer through native trees and shrub planting. Details
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Blueberry Tartlets
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