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Current News & Events / PYO Blueberries at Knobby Hill Farm
« on: July 15, 2013, 02:21:57 PM »
The blueberries are are big and plentiful and waiting to be picked!  Located on Richards Rd. (Gardell family), hours this week are Mon 9:30am-12:30pm & 5pm-8pm, Wed 9:30am-12:30pm, Fri 9:30am-12:30pm & 5pm-8pm.  PYO prices are $2.50/lb; pre-picked @ $3/pint, $6/quart or $3.50/lb for 4+ lbs --- call ahead for big orders: 849-2181 or visit our facebook page @ KnobbyHillFarmFairfaxVt for updates on hours/days/ picking conditions.  See you soon!

the Gardell Family

Local Business Announcements / Blueberries!
« on: July 15, 2013, 01:40:37 PM »
We have fantastic Blueberries at Knobby Hill Farm (51 Richards Rd)!  Pick-your-own prices remain constant @ 2.50/lb or if you prefer pre-picked: $3/pint , $6/quart or $3.50/lb for orders of 4+ lbs (call ahead for those please!  849-2181).  Hours/days are variable this year due to the erratic weather but if you call you can get this week's hours or visit our Facebook page @KnobbyHillFarmFairfaxVt.  We are currently open Mon 9:30am - 12:30pm & 5pm-8pm, Wed 9:30am-12:30pm and Fri 9:30am-12:30pm & 5pm-8pm.  Hope to see you in the field!
Happy picking,
the Gardell family

Current News & Events / Relaxing the Fairfax zoning regulations
« on: August 01, 2010, 07:04:38 AM »
The existing Fairfax zoning regulations have some sensible regulations that have the effect of limiting further development on some properties. Newly created lots in a subdivision must have a minimum size, set backs and road frontage. Right of ways can be used to access pre-existing lots that do not have frontage.  Access to more then one new lot must be by a road.

The proposed new regulations will eliminate most of these protections and result in more sprawl and less open space in the town. The requirement for lot frontage is eliminated and up to 3 new lots can be accessed by a single right of way driveway. PUDs can be approved by the DRB that allow houses to be built right up to the property lines even in rural and conservation districts.  The DRB can also deny applications based on what seems to be subjective criteria.

I coud not find a copy of the draft regulations on line but they are available from the zoning administrator. I do not know if any future public discussions on the draft are planned. The zoning administrator is accepting comments on the draft regulations up until Friday Aug 6 2010.

Announcements / Short season thanks to those darn birds!
« on: July 31, 2010, 03:25:42 PM »
Sadly, our pick-your-own blueberries are finished for this year.  We've had very heavy losses due to flocks of fruit-eating birds and are closing this season producing only 1/3 the equivalent of last year's harvest.  Thanks to everyone who came out to pick and sorry to those of you that didn't get the chance.  Next year we plan to have a "bird strategy" in place and hope to break our 812 lb. record of last summer!  Enjoy what's left of the summer,
Deb Gardell

By the way, I believe that Willow Hill Farm in Milton (about 3 miles up Hardscrabble Road, on the right) still has blueberries but I'm not sure what they charge.  Also, there's another nice organic fruit farm off Intervale Blvd. in Burlington ---Adam's Berry Farm --- cross the Winooski bridge and bear right onto Riverside; take a right at the next light onto Intervale, past Gardener's Supply and the composting place and it's on the left just past the community gardens.  He charges $3.50/lb for pick-your-own but has about 3000 bushes and still had plenty of berries last week.

Announcements / Pick Your Own Blueberries
« on: July 15, 2010, 03:14:51 PM »
Hello Everyone!,

I'm happy to announce that we will be kicking off our Pick-Your-Own Blueberry season this Tuesday, July 20 at 9am.  We're located off McNall Rd, just a half mile up Richards Rd, 4th driveway on the right.  Look for the signs we usually post at the intersection of Rte. 128 & McNall Rd!  We will be open Tuesday - Thursday, 9am - 6pm and Saturdays 8am - 4pm.  We have containers you can pick into or feel free to bring your own;  $2.50 a pound to pick your own & $3.50 per pound for pre-picked.  We have nine varieties, each with its own distinct flavor --- so come and enjoy some fresh vermont produce & sunshine!  We do close due to rain so if the weather looks questionable please feel free to call:  849-2181(house) or 233-6227 (cell).  Oh, the crop looks beautiful this year too! 

See you soon,
Deb, Dave & Levi Gardell

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