Fall Harvest

What a crazy year! Gold Brook Farm, like most family farms or tourism centered small businesses, embarked on 2020 with high hopes for bountiful crops and a steady influx customers and guests.  … and that’s how the year started; the guest rooms booking calendar was filling up fast, winter was showing signs of retreat and…

What Happened to Summer

For the three prior summers our attention was focused on rehabilitating the stately Ruben Gridley Wright house while the barn languished in the shade of benign neglect.  The wildlife that considered the barn their home and exclusive domain were glad for the relative peace and solitude they enjoyed while we devoted our time and energies…

Encampment Weekend

The Westfield Farmers’ and Artisans’ market shared the village common this weekend with soldiers from the past.  Reenactors from the Union’s 9th Cavalry Regiment held their annual encampment at Moore Park on June 7th – 9th.  While the reenactors whet through their drills on the common, the Amish farm horses kept a nervous watch on…

The View from the Field

Mother Nature has finally eased her grip on a very wet spring and we’ve seized the opportunity to get some field work underway.  “The Plan” for 2019 is to plant 30 acres of canola on ground that has sat fallow through the winter.  So, the first step is to have a plan… that might seem…

Spring Planting

Sometimes the weather delays and complicates spring planting and some years mother nature just wrecks the plan entirely. Thus far in the spring of 2019, the weather has been more hindrance than help. But at least it hasn’t dealt us a crushing blow like the shear front that blew along the Lake Erie littoral and…