Welcome to the York Meadow Farm Blog!
Happy New Year!
This is Rob, writing to you on New Year’s Day - Tuesday, January 1, 2019. I’m excited to announce the launch of the new York Meadow Farm website!
We’re even more excited to have a functional blog that allows us to share our adventures with you and provide you with an up close and personal look of our farm.
Where do we begin?
We’ll save the history of the farm for another post entirely, but let’s take a brief look at what’s been going on here at the farm during the past year…
First and foremost, we are very excited to be participating in the 2019 Medina Winter Market at TWIISTED Burgers & Sushi in Medina, Ohio.
The Medina Winter Market begins Saturday, Jan 5th and every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month until the Medina Farmers Market resumes on the square in May.
The Medina Winter Market will be open from 11a-3p with many other vendors such as Sherry's Classic Cuisine, Ol' Dirty Sheets' Hot Sauce, Valley City Fungi, York Meadow Farm, Woolf Farms, Bella's Kolacky, Swine Gear Coffee Co., Por-Bar Farms, The Dogs Bag, with more vendors added weekly!
Starting next Saturday, January 5th, we’ll be selling products down at Twiisted Burgers & Sushi in Medina - if you’re local, we encourage you to stop by!
2018 was our best year yet in many ways. First of all, it was our very first complete year living full-time on the farm. Second of all, our sales hit all-time highs thanks to sales and presence at The Candlelight Walk.
This past year, we have been able to redirect our energies into the growth and development of our line of fermented foods and bath and body products on account of partnerships with our partner farmers here on the property.
We are in the process of cultivating a program that is similar to programs employed by other small farms…which is a “farmer incubator” program. We have been collaborating with other small farmers nationwide to learn from them and develop a program for young farmers who lack access to capital, but have a desire to farm, an opportunity to grow and develop their own enterprise in exchange for partnering with our program.
A program such as this continues to position York Meadow Farm into an AgriTourism operation in addition to traditional small farm operation. The diversity of our operations is part of the overall growth and development plan for the long term sustainability of the farm.
For lack of a better term, we are running a “beta version” of this program for the 2019 season. This idea gained a bit more momentum than we were initially expecting, but like anything and everything else - we adapted and are doing the best we can with the resources we have. We look look forward to developing something a bit more formal and providing some structure to this plan.
Luckily, we’ve been blessed with an opportunity to have a fellow friend from the farmers market friend decide to come live with us for the 2019 season.
He’ll likely be able to help us further develop the space while providing us with necessary feedback about the “farmer incubator” program we are cultivating.
Luckily, we were able to get electricity run out to the trailer before the weather broke. All work was done to code and the entire project coordinated by Matt Kaiser.
Matt has done an excellent job with all project coordination on the farm…from the construction of Rob’s office, to the finish work on the cabin, and all other projects. The quality of his work is professional.
Partnerships between farmers on our land prove to be mutually beneficial and allow Mom and Dad to focus their time, effort, and energy into new ventures.
Over the past year or so, Dad has really dialed in his fantastic ferments. The growth and development of our new line of fermented foods includes, but isn’t limited to:
Jalapeno Cilantro Sauerkraut
Lemon Dill Sauerkraut
(Curtido is a type of lightly fermented cabbage relish. It is typical in Salvadoran cuisine and that of other Central American countries, and is usually made with cabbage, onions, carrots, oregano, and sometimes lime juice; it resembles sauerkraut, kimchi, or tart cole slaw.)
Diversification of farm operations and new partnerships have allowed Mom to focus more on the growth and development of the growing line of bath and body products - including, but not limited to:
Tea Tree Peppermint
Tea Tree Lemongrass
Walk in the Woods
Colloidal Oatmeal & Milk
Beeswax Hand Cream
Kate works with mom assisting with the creation and development of new bath and body products - and also assists with marketing and the displays. She’s got a very keen eye for design and does a wonderful job with everything she is doing - especially for our first year at The Candlelight Walk!
Historically, we’ve sold at the Medina Farmers Market since 2011. Over the past few years, we’ve begun selling products at DeSimone's Country Market in Litchfield, Ohio. We’ve also sold product to a Bed & Breakfast and have taken many custom orders over the years.
In 2019, we are expanding our sales operations with the Medina Winter Market and hopefully a few other local retailers who specialize in healthy food and living products.
In addition to our own products, we have helped friends in the local farming community host workshops when they were unable to do so on their own. For example, our friends Jeff and Shari Reusser raise heritage breed Dexter cattle for the sale of grass-fed, grass-finished beef. For the past two years, we’ve helped them host a homesteading workshop to learn and celebrate the harvest of beef cattle.
Needless to say…as we build the website and write this first blog post - there’s much reflecting on the past. We are realizing we’ve come a long way over the past eight years when the first blueberry bushes were planted on the farm as a family. We continue to grow as a family.
During the past year of 2018, we’ve experienced many successes, accompanied by many failures. We wept tears of joy, and experienced cries of sadness. Most of all...we’ve experienced an abundance of gratitude for our family, our friends, our customers, and you.
Thank you for supporting us as we continue to change our lives and walk a new path. We sincerely appreciate your support over the years and look forward to many more years serving you in the future.
Here’s to a wonderful and safe 2019!
Happy New Year!