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Spring Has Arrived!

Updated: May 27, 2019

Young Calf In Green Grass in Connecticut
Clementine | Born March 18th, 2019 | She's growing little horns!

Spring has sprung at Hidden Blossom Farm, and we (including the cows!) are very excited. Since our last update, our farm family has grown by 3 cows and over 100 fruit trees! We introduced our first calf of the season, Patch, in our last post. He was quite the surprise, born on a cold winter morning on January 14th. Since Patch, we've welcomed Clementine ( Born March 18th, 2019 -pictured above), Brute (Born March 20th, 2019 - pictured below), and Roz (Born April 6th, 2019 - pictured below). We are now up to 15! Our plan is to butcher the bull and one steer this summer, as we currently do not have enough pasture to feed everyone. It's also time for a new bull, otherwise our current bull will start breeding with his own kiddos...and we wouldn't want that to happen!

Photos in slider below: The first is Clementine next to her mom, Bonnie; the second is of Roz in our spring holding pasture before we could move the cows to green grass; and the last three are of Brute the day after he was born (he was massive!).

In other exciting news: Joe received a grant for his silvopasture research that allowed us to plant 100+ fruit trees! We planted a variety of apple, pear, peach, American chestnut, and walnut. While it will be several years before we will have any fruit/nuts, we are ecstatic to one day have a proper orchard for fruit and for silvopasture. More updates to come from Joe as he continues his research. We will be adding more content on his silvopasture research in the coming months. Our goal is to have our website also serve as a resource for other farmers.

Redbone coonhound supervising planting of new Connecticut orchard and silvopasture
Cleared land for part of the new orchard/silvopasture | Joe planting the first few trees | Allis supervising, as usual

Fruit trees in tractor bucket to be planted at new Connecticut orchard
Fruit trees waiting to be planted!

Young apple orchard in Union Connecticut
Fang checking on the orchard as Joe fertilizes the trees

In addition to the fruit trees, we also planted the first round of veggies in the greenhouse. So far, we have tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, greens, eggplant, and herbs. We planted a limited amount this year, as we don't yet have a market. Our plan is to build a farm stand at the end of the driveway and allow for online sales once produce is ready to sell. We are considering Boston delivery, given that Lindsay's job is in Cambridge. The primary goal for this summer is to build the house. We will also be looking into local markets to see where we might be a good fit. If anyone has any suggestions, don't hesitate to leave a comment or send us a message! We hope to hit the ground running in 2020.

The fig trees also arrived at Hidden Blossom Farm after a long winter in Joe's parents' garage! We are very thankful for all of their help with our transition from the Adirondacks to Connecticut. After a couple sad weeks outside of the greenhouse in the cold, the fig trees are happy and healthy in the warm and sunny greenhouse.

Organic tomatoes locally grown in Union Connecticut
The tomatoes are growing quickly!

Orefice family heirloom figs in Union Connecticut
The fig trees are doing well in their new home!

We were also happy to host our first party at the farm in honor of Joe's birthday and the cow's annual migration from the winter holding pasture to the fresh green grass! Our friends up in the Adirondacks call this a "Green Grass Get-Down" (check out their farm if you want some incredible cheese here: We aren't certain what we will call ours, but we hope to make this an annual event that will be open to friends and the community once we are established. See photos from this fun get-together below.

Kids flying kites at Hidden Blossom Farm
Kids making use of the empty field by flying their kites before the cows take it over!

Hidden Blossom Farm
Joe's family waiting for Joe to let the cows into the field

Connecticut stone wall and grass fed beef in field
Cows enjoying their first round of green grass from behind Lindsay's favorite old stone wall

And last, but certainly not least, we have a house foundation! We were anxiously waiting for dry weather. It has been a wet and muddy spring. Now that the walls of the basement are up, Joe can begin the framing after the concrete floor is poured. Seeing the basement walls makes everything finally seem real. It's all happening, and we cannot wait until we are able to move-in, plant some roots, and build connections in our community. We really want this farm to be, not just our home, but a place for education and community events. We hope this will all begin happening next year. Until then, we will continue to update you on all the progress at Hidden Blossom Farm!

Check out photos of the foundation and more photos of the farm below. If you're visiting our page for the first time and you're local to the area, please reach out and introduce yourself by using our contact form or emailing us at

We have a basement! The beginnings of our cozy cape

Connecticut grass fed beef from Hidden Blossom Farm
One of "The Three Stooges" - the name given to the three 2018 steers.

Cows on pasture in Union Connecticut at Hidden Blossom Farm
Taken May 24th, 2019 - The cows are really enjoying their green grass and warm spring days!

Heifer on pasture at Hidden Blossom farm in Union Connecticut
Another cute photo of my favorite calf, Clementine. Her mom is Bonnie, the black horned Highland mix. She definitely takes after her dad!

Joe Orefice and Lindsay Moat with Red at Hidden Blossom Farm
One of only a couple of photos that Joe and I actually have together | With our favorite cow, Red, in the mix

Cows at Hidden Blossom Farm in Union Connecticut
Clementine and Brute being super cute!

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