March 21st Farm Hour

On the Farm interview at the Blue Sky Farm and Winery with Russel Betz.  Blue Sky Farm is a U-pick blueberry patch, over 2500 bushes on the top of Charcoal Road in Stamford, NY.  Holly Gilles had a soft opening of the Hamden Inn this past weekend and she gave us a review of the opening and what we can expect in the future from the kitchen at the Hamden Inn.

I read an excerpt from a recent article from the WaterShed Post:

Farming Stamford in 1950: “These Hills Are Not Barren”

By Julia Reischel – 3/11/11 – 4:53 pm

The Delaware County New York Geneaology and History website has just re-published, free of charge, the entire text of “These Hills Are Not Barren,” a memoir of the farming life in the middle of the last century in Stamford that has been out-of-print for years. The author is George D. Taylor, the patriarch of the Taylor farm, who begins his book with a description of winter weather which is uncannily familiar during these ides of March:

There is no glamour in a farm. For those who need the enticement of charm to make reading pleasant, no pursuit beyond this sentence is recommended, for this book will recite no alluring adventure. It is a story of land. As I write this, the snow lies three feet deep over the ground, and the roads and driveways and paths are filled with drifts at fantastic levels. A raging two-day blizzard brought the snow from the east, and two more days of shifting high winds piled it up. Our cars and trucks, and even the tractors, stand quietly inside. Except for sleds, taking out the milk each morning, and drawn by struggling horses, no traffic has approached or passed the farm for a week, and a look out of the window will disclose no moving thing except tree branches. Dead winter is upon us.

On behalf of the Taylor family, Rachel Pace, Taylor’s granddaughter, has generously made the text of the book available for publishing on

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