Daily Update:

Open for Blueberry picking on Saturday August 6 from 8-10:30 or 11. We are normally open for blueberry picking on Wednesday and Saturday mornings but due to a lighter crop we may not be open on both days so please to make sure that you check back here before getting in your car Strawberry season is over , thank you all for helping to make this the best season ever. We planted ,nourished and watched them and then you picked them!!! They were so tasty and there were so many this year and you were the best group of pickers ever!!! Please check back here for an update of our next day of picking. If you bring children into the blueberries they have to be closely watched for eating and knocking the fruit off of the bushes. (We reserve the right to ask you to leave.) Come on over the mountains and cross the rivers and pick!!Ask us about our new sweet and secret picnicking spot so sweetly sponsored by Columbia Land Conservancy who so graciously allows us to live and farm here! WE will change the message when we start to get picked out so please check back here if you are coming later in the morning Cash, credit card(transaction fee), check or hard labor accepted! You can look for daily updates here or on FB or www.thompsonfinch.com or 518 329 7578. Thank you so much! Here is the link to FB : https://facebook.com/Thompson-Finch-Farm-113563411363227/



Celebrating Three Decades of Organic Agriculture

 

Thompson-Finch farm has been in Marnie's family for five generations. We, Don and Marnie, have been cultivating this land since 1982. We started out by growing a wide variety of vegetables and selling to local restaraunts and stores. With our first small field of strawberries, we saw that people yearned to pick their own food and to be connected to the earth and what they eat. As the years passed, our strawberry fields grew to 4.5 acres and our orchard to 1.5 acre; we also added 1 acre of blueberries and one-half acre of raspberries. Our dedicated customers now come from New York and the greater New England region. We are proud of our clean fields and orchards and most importantly you, our most valued and honored customers. You are what keeps us going and striving every year to make your visit to our farm a happy and memorable family outing.

Please bring your like-minded friends and continue to enjoy and honor this land that feeds us. And please, do leave your dogs at home when visiting the farm.


Marnie and Don MacLean

 

 

Reducing our energy consumption and perhaps becoming a net energy producing farm is one of our long term goals. As our business grew in the last few years we saw a steady increase in our use of energy, so we started to see if we could turn the tide. So far we have been making our own biodiesel fuel for our tractor and truck using waste oil from some restaurants and a school, refrigerated a walk in cooler with an exciting invention that uses a home air conditioner to cool the room using 60% less electricity and heated a greenhouse with wood heat. Now we have added a solar electric system to our home that should produce about 70% of our electricity. We will see if we can get that up to 100% through conservation.

 

There are some days that when we process used vegetable oil into biodiesel  our solar panels are the only source of electricity and we still watch our electric meter spin backwards! Then we run our tractor on the biodiesel to plow, plant, cultivate and irrigate our strawberries!  After that the sun in its purest form takes over and ripens them to pure perfection . These are just a few small steps in the right direction... A small step with a smaller footprint!”

 

Before coming to the farm, always check our update notice

or call 518-329-7578 for the latest picking conditions.

 

 

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