Pre-Order Your 2017 Poultry

Place an online order for your chickens and turkeys to be picked up on the farm this spring.


In 1979, Mom and Dad plunked their ideals and $40,000 down on some of the poorest farmland in one of the poorest counties in New York State. They dreamed of living off that land, of their children living off that land. And from the first night I laid my head down to rest on Sap Bush Hollow Farm as a child, I never wanted anything else. As I grew to adulthood and began a family of my own, I realized that this little farm was more than just a pastoral dream. It was an antidote to industrial food, climate change, harried living and social injustices. But how was one little grassfed livestock farm high in the mountains going to support two families? I looked to my Appalachian neighbors, who had lived well up here for generations, with little to no cash. If they could do it, so could we. We would simply have to learn to make what we couldn’t buy. I would become the radical homemaker.

I thought it was just a sensible choice. I didn’t know it would spark a revolution.

Thanks for dropping in. Feel free to look around and see what life is like for three generations of my family as we live, bicker, laugh, feast, farm and love high up here in these frost covered hills of Schoharie County, New York.

— Shannon Hayes, The Radical Homemaker

Find your Tribe

Join a Facebook group - or start one!

Looking to find fellow radical homies in your own community? Here are a few Facebook Groups that have begun around the country to get you started.

Interested in starting a group
in your own neck of the woods?

Let me know, and I’ll post your information here. Once you have at least five members, I’ll send you a free welcome kit with copies of my latest books to use as giveaways. I will also put you on the promotional copy list to get free copies of any future releases. That’s right – free books from me, as long as your group remains active.

I can also be available personally (at no charge) to answer any questions via email, Facebook or Skype interview that your group may wish to present. This is my way of thanking you for helping to spread the word about living happily and sustainably.

• Books •

by the Radical Homemaker, Shannon Hayes

• Words •

from the Radical Homemaker

On Vacation

We are presently on vacation until the end of October.  The cafe will re-open on November 4 with our winter hours: 9-12. If you need products from the farm store, Mom and Dad will open it up each Saturday morning from 9am until noon.  You can stop in then.   Thanks for another … Read More >

Sap Bush Cafe Hearthside Brunch Special Sat, Oct 7, 9-1

Okay folks, this is our last weekend before we take some time off, so we figured we'd make it special for you! RESERVATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! Chicken pot pie Braised cabbage and apples from Barbers Homemade apple pie w/ a wedge of NYS x-sharp cheddar GF and Prix Fixe, 16.95   Please … Read More >


Ula was reasonable the first time we told her we wouldn’t take her camping.  That was about three years ago. I’ve learned that the key to being an always-(physically, if not mentally) present mother is knowing where my boundaries are.  I’ll cook great food for them.  I’ll read to them at night.  … Read More >

BBQ Pork, without the BBQ

Wow!  It still feels like summer here in the Northeast.  Thinking of all you who might still be craving some barbecue while dealing with fall school schedules, I decided to re-post this much-loved favorite from a few years back.  Enjoy! I have desires.  I have opinions.  I have needs.  And when … Read More >