Since the first farms were carved out of the wilderness, logging has been an integral part of the local economy. The dense stands of hemlock provided wood to frame most of the original barns in this part of the Catskills.
Our farm has an abundance of huge old hemlock trees. Some of the trees were over 40 inches in diameter at the base and they usually grow in very inaccessible spots. Logs of this size are difficult to move especially in such rugged terrain.
Loading and Milling
With the hemlock cut, milled and dried we will start to replace and reinforce the beams in the barn. The old beams had to hold the weight of a years worth of hay. Now they will have to be able to support the weight of fermentation vats, a mash tun and blending tanks.