Misty Bleu Farm Blog

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!

Latest Project Updates

Ian's New Tractor

Misty Bleu Farm - Monday, January 13, 2014

We've added a new vintage tractor to the stable!  Ian found a virtually mint 1947 Farmall A in Altamont and bought it:


The 2013 Washington County Fair

Misty Bleu Farm - Saturday, August 31, 2013

We couldn't miss the fair....

2013 Highlights include my personal favorite:  Peterbuilt the Ox:


Rich would like to add one of these to our collection of vintage farm tractors:


And this is quite possibly the strangest attachment I have ever seen on a tractor.  Made by a tent company, it obviously is designed to try to keep the driver warm in cold weather, but it makes the whole thing look like some kind of giant shoe:



Tractor Porn

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Here's the Farmall Cubbie in it's natural habitat:



Here's the whole kit and kaboodle:

I Will Fix Your Little Red Wagon

Misty Bleu Farm - Saturday, June 01, 2013

In addition to the Farmall Cub, Rich has restored an old wagon to go with it.  We plan on using it around the farm as a dump trailer and to take guests on hayrides. 

You won't believe the transformation:



Ta - Da!


Tractor Fun on Easter Sunday

Misty Bleu Farm - Monday, April 01, 2013

Rich was able to finish the restoration of the Farmall Cub just in time to take it out for a spin around the neighborhood this Easter.  What a difference a year makes.



Hard to believe, isn't it?   It's got working headlights, a working tail light and all the age appropriate decals. And it runs great now, too.  We got a few strange looks from our neighbors as we tooled around the neighborhood Sunday afternoon showing it off.  But really, who gets to drive around their suburban neighborhood on Easter Sunday on a completely restored 1949 Farmall Cub?  All we needed was the Easter Bunny to make the scene of springtime agrarian bliss complete.

This is the before picture from last year: 



Farmall Restoration Continues

Misty Bleu Farm - Sunday, March 24, 2013

All painted, just needs to be put back together.  Might be ready to go for a ride on Easter Sunday:





Farmall Restoration Work in Progress

Misty Bleu Farm - Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The maintenance is all done on the Ford 800, so now Rich has turned his attention to the Farmall Cub.  As you can see from the pictures, it has been completely stripped down.  It will be sanded down and re-painted as part of the overhaul:





Rich's Winter Projects

Misty Bleu Farm - Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Unlike last winter, when our main project was pulling out the Scourge of Hebron by its' roots from the cold, hard ground, Rich's project this winter is to restore the two antique tractors to their original condition.  The snow is hampering any efforts we might have made in clearing more brush, so this is a perfect time to work on the tractors - indoors in a heated garage.  And besides, the brush we pulled all last year is really piling up, so until we can get a chipper, there's just simply no more places to put the brush anyway.  Right now we have a brush farm.  Unfortunately, brush is not a cash crop.

The older tractor is a 1949 Farmall Cub.  There is quite a following among antique tractor enthusiasts for the Farmall Cub.  Who knew?  We've got about $1,000 in replacement parts to fix it up this winter.  This photo shows it last spring with the Woods belly mower attached:


The 1953 or 1954 (not quite sure?) Ford 800 is really the workhorse of the farm.  Believe it or not, it has the original paint on it, which is not worn much at all.  It will also go through a refurbishment this winter:


We would like to get both tractors in good antique condition.  The Ford runs perfectly, while the Farmall may need a bit of mechanical work, although it does run rather well.  Rich has also gotten a hold of a little trailer for the Farmall.  He's going to restore that to match the Cub.  It will be fun to pull it along not just for farm chores but for hayrides, too!  We're hoping the Farmall and trailer will be in good enough shape to run in the annual Salem Christmas Parade.  That would be fun!