It rained all day yesterday. Just poured. And this morning when I walked outside the world was all damp and gray and if it wasn't for the past year's obsession with birding I may not have seen the Rose-breasted Grosbeak sitting above the chicken coop high on a locust branch. First one I have seen all year, guys, I was beside myself! Grosbeaks, Orioles, Catbirds, Tanagers... soon the summer birds will all be home again. They are more than bursts of color and song - they are pr
Hey there neighbors! We had a pork customer sadly decline the ability to pick up his share of meat. So in our freezer we have a 1/4 available now. If you are interested contact us! UPDATE FRIDAY AM - SOLD! Thanks for all your interest!
It's a damp and foggy morning here at Cold Antler. April is ending her roar with a bleat, famously. Yesterday thunder and a gentle rain fell and it looks like more of the same today. The farm needs it. The pond is low, the grass is slow to reach, and the lawn is still patchy. And if I'm honest I need it too. Rainy days are for catching up. By 9AM I had finished chores, made coffee (blueberry!), packaged a soap order of a dozen bars, paid a bill, and fed the cats and dogs. Th
When people visit our farm for the first time, I'm never sure what they think of our lives here. Honestly, I think it depends on what season they arrive and what the weather is like. Some people see paradise. They see a summer afternoon with grassy fields doused in sunlight. They see a flowing stream and pond with fish. They see gardens and forests, pets and livestock, and a humble house tucked into a mountain. Other people... Oh, let's say a visitor in mid February - they se
Got started on the kailyard this month. The kailyard is our cold crop garden. It's an old Scottish term for where the greens grow that can handle.... well, Scotland. Upstate New York isn't exactly the Highlands but it's a harsh place that had snow on it up until.... a few days ago. Kailyard it is! Right now the farm only has lettuce, brussel sprouts, and onions transplanted from six packs and the rest is either volunteer plants from last season or newly sown seeds. Radish, sp
Hello friends! Welcome to the new website and the new blog! Picking up here at this new home for all things Cold Antler Farm! The blog will be updating Tuesdays and Fridays with news, pictures, details, stories and song dispatches from the front lines of farmsteading as a couple in Upstate New York. There may be bonus posts from time to time but I am committing to two updates a week. I'm excited as all get out! The website will be growing - from what is for sale from the farm