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Our Humble Beginning

Once upon a time there was a small town  library called Allens Hill Library.
The library was home to an age old secret  that no one  knew about; The Pioneer Cookery.
Pioneer Cookery





In the cookbook there were wondrous receipts (that's what recipes were called in the old days) that frontier cooks considered cooking staples.

   One day John visited the library. He found this super cool receipt for apple cider molasses.


  He took the receipt home, got some apple cider, and boiled, and boiled, and boiled till the kitchen wallpaper came  off. He  boiled some more and got this fantastic smokey, tart tasting molasses consistency. And that was the start of apple cider  molasses. 

Apple Cider Molasses

News and blog

Our Rabbits make the Democrat and Chronicle

Posted by Carolyn Loveland :: Thursday, August 28 :: 8:35pm

We are super excited! Our rabbits were featured in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Thank you Karen Miltner for an awesome article! Click here for the full story.

Farm Update

Posted by Carolyn Loveland :: Saturday, July 19 :: 11:27am

It's been a zillion years since I've posted to the website... Join us on Allens Hill Farm Facebook Page for current news or even sending us messages. We respond pretty quick!!

 

So what's new? Our rabbits are breeding, well, like rabbits. So we had to build a bigger home! Official move in date? Let's just say we are hoping by the end of August.

New Barn

Our fodder machine (aka John soaking seeds and spreading them in the troughs) is producing like crazy. Just not enough of it! In our new barn we are expanding our fodder production by 5x the amount we currently produce. Our bunnies, chickens and ducks just gobble it up. What's not to like? It's twice as healthy as eating dried grasses (aka hay) and has so many active enzymes and other good stuff in it that it makes our livestock a lot healthier (and happier!). Shown below is 7 day's growth and what the root mat looks like. Some of the animals eat all of it  and others just eat the green stuff. There is something for everyone!

Fodder

And how are our Indian Game Hens? Doing terrific. We harvested our first batch at the end of June. They are excellent foragers and eat very little "chicken" food. Instead they are out on grass and bugs and their meat tastes divine. There is almost no fat and it is a fine to medium stranded meat without the "gamey" taste to it. Once I tasted this it's going to be tough to purchase a grocery store chicken any time soon.  We have 50 hens and held back 4 roosters. The hens should start laying in October. Since this is the first year we've had this heritage chicken we are taking it day by day.

 

Indian Game Hen

One of our future projects is expanding into microgreens. We are in the testing phase and if all goes well we should be rolling these out next spring (or late winter) depending on weather conditions.

Giant Mustard Microgreen

There are a lot of other "smaller" projects, like our haskap trial patch, strawberry patch development, and I'm still working on building a greenhouse. Thank goodness we didn't build last year . With the energy costs over the winter time it might have put us permanently out of business to try and keep a building like that going. So we're still researching alternative energy sources (solar, wind , and geothermal are not options... sorry... already looked into those) but have a couple of other super cool ideas that are already being done elsewhere with minimal costs. More on that later!

That's the latest ! Hope all is well with you and your families! Thanks for reading and hope to see you soon!

University of Rochester Farmer's Market

Posted by Carolyn Loveland :: Monday, March 10 :: 6:14pm

 

University of Rochester has started a farmer's markets for its employees to learn how to eat and live better. It is part of the program  called Well U . An educational experience about wellness, the farmer's market is just one facet. Congratulations University of Rochester for promoting a healthier lifestyle and promoting local foods and farmers! Like Well U on Facebook!

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