Sunflowers! Sunflowers! Sunflowers! 2017 is Spectacular!

    We’ve got sunflowers by the thousands this year and despite the unfavourable weather for most of our other crops, the sunflowers are having their best showing ever. We’ve got 22 acres destined for birdseed in the fall, but, for now, come on out and enjoy the view.  We encourage you to take lots …

Harshell Family Farm and Other Local Farms Struggling With the Weather in 2017

It’s no surprise to anyone that farmers are struggling in the Ottawa Valley.  Every time @YOW_Weather tweets that another weather record has been broken, it means more stress and frustration for area farmers.  After the 2016 drought in this region, area farmers never dreamt that they’d be struggling again in 2017, especially with such extreme …

“Harshell” Delivers Malting Barley to Barn Owl Malt

We are excited that we have made our first delivery of Newdale Malting Barley to Barn Owl Malt at Belleville. http://www.barnowlmalt.ca/ Devin and Leslie are a keen young couple with incredible work ethic and excellent marketing skills.  They’ve made their mark on the craft brewery scene with their malt being used in over 25 Ontario …

Harshell Enterprises Does Well at Ottawa Valley Farm Show

That’s a wrap!  Another Ottawa Valley Farm Show is complete and our small family farm did well again this year. Judging of the Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Championship Seed Show took place at Greely on March 11th.  Harshell entries, in several categories, placed well and were then displayed at the Court of Honour at …

Birdseed Now Available – Your Local Birdseed Supplier Located at Almonte

Looking for the perfect “fresh and local” Christmas gift? At Harshell Family Farm  we have the freshest, most local, bird seed you can buy.  Straight from our fields to your feeders, local birds love our products. We offer 35 lb bags of black oil sunflower seed and 40 lb bags of our “field to feeder” …

Ottawa Valley’s LOCAL Bird Seed Company

At Harshell, just outside of Almonte, in the Ottawa Valley, we are producing “local food for local birds”.  Since “local” is all the rage, we thought it might be time to hop on that train of thought and promote the fact that we are a local farm family, growing and bagging our own line of …

That’s a Wrap for 2016 Harvest

To say that 2016 was a “challenging” year, here at Harshell, would be an understatement. The drought that made the news in our region was devastating for the crops and prompted us to come up with a tag line … “2016…. the year of 100% expenses for 50% income”. With the diversity of crops we …

Whole Grains 101

It’s a very good day – I learned something! Glutinous is not the same as glutenous!!! While doing a little research on millet, since that’s a brand new crop for us at Harshell in 2016, our son directed us to “The Serious Eats Guide to Whole Grains”. Have you ever tried to explain to someone …

“License to Farm” Documentary Reaffirms Why We Love to Farm

Took some time this afternoon and we watched the newly released License to Farm documentary.  Congratulations to all involved in the production of this incredible and poignant video. As farmers, we all love what we do … and we do what we love because we are a proud and passionate group, who are charged with feeding …

The Great Ontario Clean Farms Challenge – Harshell Farms wins 3rd Prize

In the fall of 2015 we were humbled and  honoured to be named the 3rd prize winner of The Great Ontario Clean Farms Challenge. Read our story by visiting; Click to access Winner03HaroldandShelleyMcPhail_forweb.pdf   Read the press release here: Ontario farmers recognized for their commitment to good end of life stewardship November 11, 2015 – …