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October 25 and 26, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Party

featuring Kasie’s Kids Zone

and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.


November 8 and 9, 2014

Customer Appreciation Weekend


November 29, 2014

Small Business Day

Support local business and family farms!


Christmas on the Farm

December 13 and 14, 2014

The time has arrived.  The morning temperatures are cooler and the days are getting shorter.  The signs are obvious.

It is apple harvest time and we are preparing for the

2nd Annual Apple Cider Press Party

Sunday, September 21, 2014

1 pm – 3 pm

2 pm Cider Toast

Join us for lots of fun, frolic and the “fellers” performing live bluegrass music,

Marv Ashby & High Octane

We look forward to seeing ya’ll there!

As we prepare for Thanksgiving we, at Ivy Hill Farm, are so thankful for our customers! To show our appreciation we have special events for you!

Customer Appreciation Weekend

November 9 & 10, 2013

Free Popcorn and Gifts for the Kids

Samples of Fresh Apple Cider and Cider Slush

Hot Apple Cider

Ivy Hill Apple Slices with Warm Caramel Drizzle

Cotton Candy

Cider Doughnuts

Our Customers are one of our many Blessings!  Thank You!

Ivy Hill Farm Festival 2013

Join us for Food, Fun, and Family at the Farm

Saturday, October 12  9am – 5 pm

Sunday, October 13  11am – 5 pm


It’s time to celebrate our favorite harvest season!  Visit Ivy Hill Farm this weekend and share in these fabulous events and offerings!

Freshly pressed apple cider and delicious, crisp and juicy apples

Apple butter boiling in an antique copper kettle

Food concession stand

         Mouth watering pies  

                                  Hayrides for the family                              

Interactive kids zone

          Farm animals             

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch

Craft Vendors

Special Musical Guests “Strung Tight: Sunday 12:30 pm -2:30 pm






A lunchbox favorite is on the shelves at the Ivy Hill Farm Market.  Red Delicious are perfect for hand eating and school lunches!


        Red Delicious

Sweet and juicy. A favorite for snacks and salads. Best for eating fresh out of hand.


Last week we brought you Jeanne’s Apple Cider Punch recipe.  This week it’s a recipe from John Richard Martin, Sausage Burgers.  The Martin’s have been making this recipe for at least 40 years and it is a crowd pleaser!  John Richard and Jeanne changed the dairy farm aspect of Ivy Hill Farm to swine production in the late 1960s.  That switch in focus brought the construction of additional buildings and a flurry of activities ensued in promoting a new production line.  John Richard was an active member of the Maryland Pork Producers and was the Pork Ambassador for that organization a number of years, traveling the state of Maryland with demonstrations on pork cuts and cooking preparation techniques.  We aren’t sure if this recipe is one of his originals or if he picked it up somewhere.  We do know that his daughter, Karen, prepared this at the Maryland State Fair and the Pork Cook-Off Contest and came home with the Champion prize.


                       Photo on left,  John Richard Martin, promoting pork, 1990.

                  Photo on right, John Richard Martin and his son-in-law Charlie, grilling pork chops for a family dinner at the farm, 1980?









John Richard’s Sausage Burgers


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage (John Richard always used sausage from Hoffman’s or Horst’s in Hagerstown, Md)
  • 1 large apple, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup honey

Mix together sausage, chopped apples, beaten egg and bread crumbs.  Form into patties and chill while preparing a grill.  Grill over charcoal (gas-grill) using a teaspoon of honey to caramelize the sausage on each side towards the end of cooking time.

Note:  Although these are fantastic on the grill,  Jeanne would often make them in a skillet too.  Watch carefully as the honey will burn.

Remember that new “flurry of activities” that accompanied the swine production.  This ad from the 1st Ivy Hill Farm Swine Sale is an example.  In the spring of the year the present day farm market would be transformed into a livestock auction house complete with a food concession stand!  All the shelves and equipment were moved and pens with wire fencing and wood shavings would be set up for the sale of over 300 registered Yorkshire breeding stock and feeder pigs.  John Richard was the “Son”  of John A. Martin & Son.

Through the harvest season we are going to post a “Farm Favorite” recipe from various members of the Martin family.  Today we are featuring a quick, easy, delicious punch recipe made by the late Jeanne Martin.  This is the first apple season that the farm is without her presence.  But this cherished photo is how we like to remember John Richard & Jeanne Martin.   The experiences you have at Ivy Hill Farm today are a direct result of their vision, hard work, and loving family.

John Richard and Jeanne Martin

Maryland State Fair, 1975

Jeanne’s Apple Cider Punch

This beverage is served at nearly every gathering of the Martin Family.

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 12 ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate, undiluted
  • 2 liters ginger ale, chilled

Mix all together, chill, and serve.

John Chapman, (Sept 26, 1774 – March 11, 1845)

     There is much folklore surrounding John Chapman or Johnny Appleseed as most of us know him.   We have learned much about this folk hero and “patron saint of horticulture” through Robert Price, Johnny Appleseed: Man and Myth (1967), and Michael Pollan , The Botany of Desire (2001). Subtitled “A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.  John Chapman was certainly an eccentric frontiersman who was kind and gentle and traveled the areas of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana planting over a hundred thousand square miles of apple orchards.  He tried to predict where settlers would go, precede them there planting apple seeds.  In 2-3 years he was able to sell these settlers small apple trees.  He was also a Christian man, planting the word of God along with seeds of apples and medicinal plants.  He was a barefooted vegetarian preferring to sleep outdoors and away from settlements, being one with nature.  Today we are thankful for Johnny Appleseed as a pioneer orchardist!

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!




























Apple harvest is in full swing and the crop is great!   These are the varieties that have been picked and are ready for purchase at our Farm Market:

     Early Fuji            Empire             Gala                Golden Delicious             Jonagold

Just like people, all apples have a personality of their own.

              Early Fuji


Very firm and unusually sweet. Red and green stripes. First discovered in Japan – a new favorite here.




McIntosh apple crossed with Red Delicious for unique taste. Crisp and excellent for snacks, desserts or salads.




Sweet and very flavorful with orange-striped skin and yellow flesh. A favorite for snacks and salads.


            Golden Delicious


Sweet and mellow. Excellent for snacking, salads and all cooking purposes.




Blend of tart Jonathon and sweet Golden Delicious. One of the world’s most preferred varieties for flavor.


For more information about Maryland apples, we invite you to view the Apple Promotion Board of Maryland website,




All good things come to an end and so goes summer!  Today is the first day of autumn and it officially begins at 4:44 pm today.

We are bringing in the season in style with the Blessing of the Apple Crop and First Cider Toast Party.  Join us today, September 22, from 12:30pm – 2:30 pm for our celebration.

There is a little crispness in the air indicating the change of seasons and it’s Football Season too!  Enjoy the games with this easy to prepare and delicious combination -

Apple Butter BBQ Pulled Pork and Honeycrisp Cole Slaw

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • 2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (4.5 to 5 lb) boneless or bone-in pork shoulder, twine or netting removed
  • 2 cups Ivy Hill Farm Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce

Place the onions and garlic in an even layer in the slow cooker and pour in the stock or broth.  Combine the sugar, chili powder, measured salt, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Pat the pork dry with paper towels.  Rub the spice mixture all over the pork and place the meat on top of the onions and garlic.  Cover and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 6-8 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.

Turn off the slow cooker and remove the pork to a cutting board.  Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium heatproof bowl.  Pour the onion mixture from the slow cooker through the strainer and return the solids to the slow cooker.  Set the strained liquid aside.

If the pork has a bone, remove and discard it.  Using 2 forks, shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat.  Return the shredded meat to the slow cooker, add Ivy Hill Farm Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce and mix to combine.    Season as needed.  Serve on a bun with additional barbecue sauce on the side.

Honeycrisp Cole Slaw

adapted from Wolfgang Puck’s Apple Coleslaw @

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium cabbage, cored, finely shredded ( we used a bag of preshredded, packaged coleslaw mix)
  • 2 large carrots, peeled, julienned ( again, a bag of preshredded, packaged carrots)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and julienned (Fuji works too, see note at end of recipe about cutting apples for this recipe)

Prepare the Poppy Seed Dressing – In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients together until well blended.  Set aside.

Prepare the Cole Slaw – In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots, green onion and apples.  Pour in the reserved dressing and toss until well blended.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving, mixing the salad at least once to evenly distribute the dressing.

Notes:  We used a mandoline slicer (V-slicer) to julienne the apples quickly and easily, saving lots of time.  You can also just coarsely chop the apples as well.

This is the mandoline slicer we used.  See the perfectly cut matchstick Honeycrisp apples in the bowl.  We were able to keep this cole slaw refrigerated for days without any noticeable browning from the apples.  It is delicious!!


We have Honey Crisp, early Golden Delicious and Gala ready for those school lunch boxes!

Where did the summer go?  Hard to believe it’s September!  We still have some of the late varieties of peaches available but don’t wait too long or you will miss them.  It’s time to move on now that it’s September.  Apples are beginning to ripen.   The pumpkins in the patch are growing everyday and will be ready in October when we open the pick your own pumpkin patch.

Save the date!  Sunday, September 22 is a day of celebration at Ivy Hill Farm!  Please join us at our Blessing of the Crop and First Cider Press Toast Celebration!!  We are bringing in the autumn harvest season in style!  Music from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm with a Cider Toast at 1:15 pm.