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Tough Summer = Scant Genealogy Studies, But Some Nice Fruit

Hello All, Yes, it has been a wild and strange summer!  We have experienced  Global Warming caused heat waves, with cool periods in between them.  To top it off, we had a ‘tornadic event’.  It happened at night, and it there was a funnel cloud, no one saw it. It seemed to come up out […]

Lotsa weeds, and troublesome goats

Hello Out There! I haven’t been writing much lately = it has been one heckuva growing season.  The last couple months were much hotter than usual here at “Frostbite Flats”.  We got rain, but only in sporadic deluges, between hot and humid dry spells.  Somehow we had a pretty good black raspberry harvest, quite a […]

Interesting Contact with Carlisle, Pa. Army Barracks’ Army Museum

Hello All, Yes, it has been way too long since I wrote.  Even though I’ve technically retired several years ago, this dang farm keeps me too busy!  Judy and I have been taking weekend Day trips to historic sites within a hundred miles.  Even though Carlisle is only fourteen miles away, we had never been […]

A Tough Winter, and a Tough Spring

Hello All, Well, I haven’t been posting often, but I have some good excuses.  First, it has been some really screwy farming weather!  But we have managed to keep delivering our CSA shares through it all. I have really felt this winter, but my frost bitten hands are healing.  It was tough on this 68 […]

Another Tough Winter in Broad Valley

Hello All, I see that I haven’t posted in a half year.  Well, I blame it on the strange and weird growing season we had last summer and fall, and now a really bang-up winter.  The summer featured floods followed by droughts and heat waves.  All our apples were made into dried apples and apple […]

What a Growing Season!

Hello! Judy and I have been operating Broad Valley Orchard since 1983, and in our 33 years of successful farming, we have sure seen the toughest year that we have experienced.  Those of you who live in the North East US will know what I’m talking about:  First we saw one of the toughest winters […]

Blueberry, Raspberry, and Blackberry Days – Now and Long Ago

Hello All, Well this is some interesting weather!  It has been as dry as the weather out in the “Inland Empire” of my memories of 1970.  I had dropped out of Mount Union College, due a family medical emergency.  My step-father, my mother, and my sister had been seriously injured in a car crash.  I […]

Harmony Society Descendants’ Days

Hello All, Well, I haven’t been able to write much due to these awesome snowstorms we have been getting clobbered with, but I have kept up with my research of Old Economy Village’s and Harmony’s  Harmony Society Descendant’ Days, (being held at their historical site in Ambridge, Pa.)  Here is what is on their  centennial […]

What a Winter! What an Early Spring!

Whew! I last wrote about these pesky Polar Vortex ‘White Northers” we had from late October until early April.  And then it started raining, and stayed cool.  I’m sure that if you live in North East USA, you have similar tales of woe to tell.  Honestly, if we did not have our  root cellar and […]

What a Winter!

Hello, I know that I haven’t written for longer than I want to admit.   This spring saw us erect our third hoop house, and this summer we remodeled the interior of our old chestnut log farm house.  As with all rehab jobs, it took about twice as long as planned, but it turned out OK.  […]