The Bug Hill Story and Our VisionÂ…

Bug Hill Farm is a small, USDA certified organic, uncommon fruit and edible flower farm in Ashfield, MA. We cultivate a wide variety of crops including raspberries, gooseberries, currants, wild and cultivated high-bush blueberries, alpine strawberries, native elderberry and elderflower, native Aronia (chokeberries), and honeyberries. We craft our nutritious and delicious non-alcoholic cordials, shrubs (drinking vinegars), sauces, and spreads using our berry crops, wild harvested flowers, and locally produced raw honey and maple syrup. Our products contain no added water or preservatives. We keep our own honeybees, purchasing additional honey for our value added products from local apiaries such as Round Hill Orchard in Holyoke, MA. We manage our fields and additional 38 acres of forest for the health and well-being of native wildlife and plant communities, with particular emphasis on providing habitat for native pollinator insects.

Our cordials, shrubs, spreads, and sauces are currently crafted and bottled on-site in our own certified commercial kitchen. We sell our products at our own little farm shop here on the premises, as well as at local farmers' markets, groceries and health-food shops.

Bug Hill Farm has been the recipient of several grant awards, including (recently) a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer Grant entitled: "Effects of controlled disturbance within early-successional northeastern forest habitat: Evaluating soil quality, plant production, and economic feasibility", and a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) for installing permanent drip-irrigation systems for our berries.

Kate Kerivan, owner/grower, has an MA in Ecological Landscape Design from Conway School of Landscape Design, Conway, MA, and an MS in Conservation Biology (Environmental Studies Department) from Antioch University. Her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire is in Plant Science.


In sparkling mineral water for a refreshing spritzer

Bug Hill Farm is proud to be a member of these programs and organizations:

Delicious currants from the farm!

Kate Kerivan didn't start out as a farmer - but as a plantswoman, designer and innkeeper who enjoyed serving great food to guests in a spectacular mountain garden setting for over twenty years at Bungay Jar Bed & Breakfast Inn in Franconia, NH. After selling Bungay Jar, Kate moved to the highlands of Western Massachusetts in 2005, to what is now Bug Hill Farm.


Andee's Currant Winter Tonic 2.0
In a 1/2 gallon or 2L thermos mix:
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) Kiss of Cassis™ Black Currant Cordial
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) McGillicuddy's lemon schnapps
  • 1/4 cup (50ml) honey
  • +/- 1/4 cup (50ml) spiced rum, to taste
Slowly fill thermos with boiling water and stir. Serve while still hot.