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About Misty Bleu Farm

Misty Bleu Farm is located in beautiful Washington County, New York at the head of the Black Creek ValleyMisty Bleu Farm produces hops for the R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.

Located on 50 acres in the heart of the Hebron Hills, Misty Bleu Farm is the home of R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.  The Brewery and Taproom are open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 9:00 pm.  Come experience true field to glass farm-brewed beer at our farm, nestled among green hills and stunning natural beauty.  Our farm boasts over 600 feet of frontage on the West Branch of the Black Creek, with waterfalls and rushing cascades.  Tours of the brewery and grounds are available.  The Farm and Brewery are also available to be rented out for special events.  Please visit the brewery website, www.rstaylorbrewing.com for more details and directions.

Follow our journey as we create the Most Beautiful Farm Brewery in America!


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Cascades in Winter

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, January 20, 2016


The Lower Cascades in Winter:

 

Detail on the Lower Cascades:

 

This photo shows the detail on the old mill dam very well:

A lonely table for two in the Soggy Bottom:


Dispatch from the Rural Front Fall 2015

Misty Bleu Farm - Friday, November 06, 2015

 

The leaves have fallen and the geese are moving south.  Sunlight is slanted now, a bit harsher on the eyes.  It is incredible how much the sun's trajectory moves throughout the year.  We now have a large object in which to fix it's path across the sky - our house and barn.  We have many large windows  in the house - there's not a bad view from any of them, and sunlight streams in all day.  We're going to need it as we settle in for what will most likely be another long, cold winter. 

 

It is incredible to me how the animals respond to the changing seasons.  I do not know whether they are conscious of it or not, but the rabbits eat more voraciously this time of year, as if they cannot ingest enough.  Their coats have become thicker and longer, preparing for the freezing temperatures ahead.  We hear the coyotes celebrating their kills in the evening, their cries echoing and bouncing off the hills like sirens.  The hair on the back of our necks stands up when we hear their war whoops encircling the farm.  Neither we nor the dogs like it one bit. We spied a VERY large bobcat a couple of Saturdays ago.  He or she was sauntering across the back of the house, way too close to the patio for comfort. 

 

We are prepared for the greyness to creep in and the cold to settle in our bones.  We shall steel ourselves to it, as Northerners always do.  We will huddle around the fire and sip our ales and think fondly of the warm days we left behind.  The hospitable company of our good friends and neighbors shall warm us on the coldest of nights. 

Winter is coming.

Golden Year 2015

Misty Bleu Farm - Monday, November 02, 2015

 

 

 

Lavender Fields Forever

Misty Bleu Farm - Saturday, August 08, 2015

The wild monarda, queen anne's lace and mustard weed are in full bloom.  It has made the main field a sight to behold:

 

 

Natives in Bloom Vol. 3

Misty Bleu Farm - Saturday, June 27, 2015

The yellow flag iris may not be native to this part of the country, but we certainly treat it as a native here at the farm.  We also have a few blue flags that have happily transported themselves from god-knows-where and gleefully co-mingle with the yellow flags, streamside grasses and ferns.  It makes for a delightful combination in the cool, filtered shade along Taylor Creek. 

 

 

Natives in Bloom Vol. 2

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 

Our native turk's cap lily is now in bloom.  We salvaged it from the field and placed it in one of our garden beds.  It IS slightly different from the photos of native turk's cap lilies I have seen.  The petals do not recurve nearly as much as other examples of the species, lilium superbum.  But it clearly is a turk's cap.

It may have cross pollinated with a garden variety at some point - I don't even know if that's possible.  Or it may have just mutated over the years in our little corner of the world into something a bit different.  Either way, it appears to be unique.  They seem to pop up in unusual places around the property.  Two years ago, there were a bunch that sprouted up by our neighbor's rickety footbridge over the creek.  The next year, they were all gone from there, and they haven't returned since.  They come and go at their own whim, like the wind, just as nature intended.  But the one we transplanted is still going strong. 

Turk's cap lily, I therefore christen you lilium superbum serendipitous. 

Streamside summer

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, June 11, 2015

 

 

 

 

Spring 2015 Farm Dispatch

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, April 23, 2015

It is actually snowing as I write this - yes, snowing!  But spring has, indeed, sprung at the farm.  Even though today is a bit unseasonable, there's no stopping the warm weather now.  We're rushing toward the sun as we speak.  It is inevitable.

The sun is warm and the days are longer:

 

And the snowdrops are out:

 

 

How Snowy Was My Valley

Misty Bleu Farm - Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sitting here in the snug farm cottage, warm against the cold night air and listening to the Beatles' "Hey Jude", the waist deep snow outside my window seems like a bad dream.  But alas, it is not.

 

Due to a quirk in the local geography, our little valley here seems to get ever so much more snow than just over them thar hills.  So much more that the creek has completely disappeared, stymieing the deer looking for liquid water.  The deer are now forced to partake of their refreshment at the sulfurous artesian well overflow.  Such are the deprivations of winter.  We all suffer.

 

 

 

The Longest Winter

Misty Bleu Farm - Saturday, February 21, 2015

I feel like I am trapped in a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Long Winter".  We need something more than white and beige to refresh the eye, so here goes! 

Here's some free gifts:

A fleeting confluence of biological and weather conditions produced this image, and it was free for the taking.  You can keep it in your memory forever.  There's no charge.  Act now - quantities are unlimited:

 

 

Or how about the eons of geological erosion that produced this:  Once again, free to look at and the memory's portable. Take it with you wherever you go.  It'll recharge your internal batteries for you, too, whenever you think of it, all at no extra charge.  No, really.  Please take it, we insist.

 

 

Act now!  While this image is still available to download into your memory for free:  The fish are standing by to enhance your enjoyment, so don't delay.

Oh, we've got a million things to look at, all of them for free.  Some of them we don't even have pictures for yet - not that we need them, really.  The mind is the best camera of all.