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ABBAS ACRES ABBA’S ACRES is a year round family farm where the

Betsinger family work together to create products, tend to animals, sell at markets, and so much more. The beginning of the year is actually our quietest time. Our work load consists of daily chores, winter market, weekend craft venues, and lots of planning. Soaps, goat’s milk fudge, jams and hickory syrup are made regularly to keep stocked up. Garden seeds, baby chicks and baby goats are just on the horizon so final preparations are being made. Maple trees are tapped for maple syrup season. Spring brings life abundantly here on the farm. Our seedlings are started awaiting warmer weather. Baby chicks have started filling up the brooders. Most of our time is split between our Nigerian Dwarf goats who are starting to birth—usually having two to four kids each—and boiling sap to make maple syrup. We have roughly two months to make a year’s worth of maple syrup. Between goat births and syrup making, there are many long days and late nights for all of us. Before we know it, summer is upon us. The barn is busting at the seams with baby goats galore! The moms are ready to

be milked—time for more soap and goat’s milk fudge making! At this point much of the plant life has come into bloom and our honey bees are wide awake and busy making honey. That means we can start stocking up on honey for the markets. Summer is our busiest time on and off the farm. We are rotating all of our animals around the pasture daily, continuing to raise our poultry (ducks, meat chickens, laying chickens and turkeys), milking our whole herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats twice a day, trying to keep the garden weeded and picked for markets, keeping all of our products in stock, and selling at several weekly farmers’ markets. Finally, fall brings a much needed slow down season. Our farmers’ markets wind down as produce dries up in the garden and our weekends consist of craft venues—offering our products to those looking for local, handmade items for the holidays. The animals are brought into their winter housing as the frost puts an end to the growth in the pastures. Before we know it, another year has gone by and we start planning again. —Matthew and Jerri Betsinger

5206 State Route 10, Cobleskill, NY • (518) 823-4402 • see listing on page 43

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