We are preparing for the holidays and we invite you to join us for
Christmas on the Farm
December 12 & 13, 2015
9 am – 5 pm
With a very special guest appearance from 1 – 3 pm each day
Santa Claus will be here to listen to your wish list!
Share your holiday spirit with us
fresh apple cider, fresh Florida citrus, apple cider slushies, egg nog, cider doughnuts, warm apple cider and apple slices with drizzled warm caramel topping.
We have prepared a variety of holiday gift ideas, prepackaged and ready for you!
Please join us for a fun filled weekend! All are welcome…naughty or nice!
Please join us as we celebrate the
38th Annual Ivy Hill Farm Festival
October 10,2015 9 am – 5 pm
October 11, 2015 11 am – 5 pm
Family and Farm Fun for All Ages
Farm Animal Petting Zone, Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Fall Pumpkins and Flowering Mums,
Freshly Pressed Refreshing Apple Cider, Kids Zone and Crafts
Special Musical Guests, Strung Tight 12pm – 2pm each day
On the Horizon:
The 5th Annual Turkey Tasting hosted by Corner Oaks Farms, LLC at Ivy Hill Farm on Saturday October 17, 2015 Noon – 2 pm. RSVP by October 10 to 301-432-6976. Mike and Lisa will be taking orders for your holiday turkey!
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
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!
Apple butter boiling in an antique copper kettle
Food concession stand
Mouth watering pies
Hayrides for the family
Interactive kids zone
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!
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.
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.
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, www.marylandapples.com