Saturday, September 29, 2018

How Many Apple Varieties On Crandall Hill?

Here's information on the 2018 crop of USDA Certified Organic Apples. Call 814-274-8004 or email us at for additional information.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Faded Photograph

We've recently come across a couple of old photograph albums filled with memories of farm life in the 1940s and 1950s here on Crandall Hill.
This photo is of Arthur Metzger Sr. (on the right) and his father, J. Walter Metzger. They're tending to bees in the back yard, circa late 1940s. It's not surprising that there are still remnants of that beekeeping endeavor put into service in the 2018 version of beekeeping on the farm.
I  blogged about our honey bee adventure in 2017. In October last year, our Washington grandchildren enjoyed helping their Grandpa harvest honey.

Rowan was excited to use the smoker

Straight from the hive

Tasting is the best part!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Late Summer

The school bus rumbling by this morning sends yet another signal that summer is winding down. My last blog post was months ago as we looked forward to summer and the plants featured there have long since made their way into CSA shares.
I've done a poor job of chronicling life on the farm this summer for our 92-year-old Metzger family matriarch has faced a health crisis, bringing many changes to our world here on Crandall Hill.
But, due to the diligent and loving efforts of Laura and Rytz, CSA customers have enjoyed the bounty of our little USDA Certified Organic farm.
They've also had a major presence at the Potter County Farmers' Market each Friday in downtown Coudersport. This is the time of year that customers can enjoy the best of the season with tables laden with heirloom tomatoes, peppers of all colors and heat, cucumbers, beets, kale, chard, garlic, ground cherries, tomatilloes, cabbage, cauliflower, herbs, flowers... and early season apples.
The USDA Certified Organic designation assures you that your food is grown to exacting standards.  And with stories like this in the news every day, it becomes even more important to seek organic foods to nourish yourself and your family.
See you at the Market!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Pops Of Color

I downloaded a camera roll of 52 pictures today and discovered photos of the fields shrouded in snow at the beginning ...

... and tomatoes reaching for their trellis as photo 52.

What a crazy spring we've enjoyed this year! And adding to the craziness is planning - and planting - for our first-ever CSA. If you've already joined, we thank you and provide you with a peek at what we're growing for you.

on the way to becoming red cabbage

Mesclun Mix
Mixed Lettuces
Baby Ruby Chard

And if you've not signed up yet, maybe the anticipation of enjoying vegetables such as these will prompt you to take one of the last available spots. Sign up today!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Certified Organic CSA!

Nobody can deny that this has been a very cold spring. I hear the furnace rumble in the cellar as I   and look out over frosty fields this morning. There's a hint of green only where the spring runs behind the house. Will the patches of snow in shady spots melt into the ground on this day?
Here on the farm Rytz and Laura are busy getting ready for our first-ever CSA, set to launch on June 8. We've had a great response but still have space for more members.

Have your ordered your CSA share yet?
Click on the link below for information and pricing.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Announcing Our CSA

Ever since I learned about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in a long-ago conversation with Joe Bailey and his mother Natalie Phelps, it's seemed like a great way to run a small farm.
That's why it's such exciting news that 2018 will be the year that Metzger Heritage Farm CSA boxes will find their way off Crandall Hill each week. There's nothing better than sharing our best produce with our community.
The Metzger Heritage Farm Organic CSA will be lovingly managed by Rytz Bowman and Laura Mangan, who joined us on the farm last summer to put into action the concepts they'd learned in Maine and Florida. They're back this summer full of enthusiasm and bursting with plans!

A “CSA Share” is a simple idea (very much like buying a magazine subscription) in which a “member” buys a “share” of a farmer’s harvest at the beginning of the growing season, and then comes to the farm each week to pick up their “share” of the farm’s vegetable harvest. Other pickup options are also available.
To celebrate this day, we are offering an additional $10 off of full share signups from through midnight March 30.  Just use coupon code SUPPORT during checkout. 
Head over to: to sign up for yours.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Consider These Tomato Varieties

New Girl Tomato - Johnny's Selected Seeds
Are you thinking about planting tomatoes in your home garden this summer? Why not consider one of the USDA Certified Organic varieties we can start for you.

Pictured above is the New Girl tomato. We grew this tomato for the first time in the 2017 growing season. Vigorous plants yielded cluster after cluster of good-sized, flavorful fruits until frost claimed them in October. With its short (62 day) season, you should have good luck with this variety.

Oregon Spring Tomato - Fedco Seeds
Oregon Spring is one of the earliest tomatoes at 58 days from transplant. The Fedco catalog says it's "recommended as a hedge in northern climates for cold summers." This variety has been a favorite of northern growers since the 1980s.

Stupice Tomato - Uprising Organic Seeds
Stupice has been part of my garden forever! It's often the first tomato (55 - 70 days) to ripen and continues to produce through the end of the season. Stupice bears smaller-size fruit (2-3 inches) with a deep red color. It's described in the seed catalog as a "reliable old friend." The biggest problem is how to pronounce it!

Moskvich Tomato - High Mowing Organic Seeds
The Moskvich tomato is another old favorite of mine. The seed catalog describes it this way: "...deep red color and luscious, rich flavor. Great eaten fresh or processed. Like all Russians, it can stand up to cool conditions."

Other varieties include: Rose De Berne, German Johnson, Sweetie Cherry, Black Cherry, Weisnicht's, Brandywine, Sophie's Choice, Silvery Fir Tree, Cherokee Purple, Cherokee Chocolate, Amish Paste, Northern Ruby Paste, Roma.

Let's have a conversation so I can get your plants started in time for transplant when frost danger has passed at the end of May.

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