Lambing begins here March 1, and after the first of the new year, it always feels like a rapid downhill slide into March. Now’s the time to get on the list for 2023 lambs if you’re hoping to add an East Friesian ewe lamb, ram lamb, or wether to your flock. We don’t sell lambs before they’re born, but once all of the lambs are on the ground, I’ll begin reaching out in order of inquiry received to take deposits for lambs. More info on purchasing lambs here.
2023 CSA details coming soon!
Otherwise, we’ve placed our seed order and are spinning our way through the backlog of fleeces – keep an eye on Etsy for new yarn, or make an appointment to stop by the farm store.
Dairy production is winding down here — we expect to be finished in the next two weeks. The ewes get a little break before breeding in October.
We’ll trade in cheesecloths for carding and dyeing with plenty of wool production scheduled for cooler months, as well as some art endeavors for Sophie — keep an eye out for the results of her mural work in West Virginia later this season. We’ll keep you posted about some opportunities to purchase yarn and art for the holiday season.
Thank ewe for another successful year of sheep dairy — we’re honored to continue to have more demand than product. We look forward to sharing more cheese, yogurt, and ice cream with you in April 2023 if all goes as planned!
Update: CSA shares are sold out for now — check back to see if any more spots open up. Thank ewe for your support!!
We’re re-envisioning the on-farm store this year by offering a CSA with Find A Feather Farm in Sumner and Irish Hill Farm in Buckfield. Will our farm store be open other hours? Maybe. But products from Find A Feather and Irish Hill will only be available through the CSA. You’ll still be able to buy our sheep dairy products at the Bethel Farmers’ Market each Saturday in the summer, and at Fare Share Co-op in Norway as inventory allows.
How It Works You pay in $100, then order from available items from three farms each week, paying down your balance until none remains. Then purchase another share, or not. Products available weekly mid-April through September for pick-up at The Friendly Ewe. You can order each week, once a month, or whenever it fits your schedule. We’ll have yogurt, cheese, ice cream, eggs, mushrooms, produce, salad mix, flowers, herbs, and more!
An email will go out to all CSA customers on Tuesday each week listing available products. Reply to place your order, first come first serve, by Wednesday at midnight. Pick up what you ordered on Thursday from 2-6pm at The Friendly Ewe.
The goal of the CSA is to prioritize local customers before I take everything to market on Saturday. We want to emphasize the community in Community-Supported Agriculture, giving you the chance to buy as much local as you can, and allowing our neighboring farms to offer their products as well.
Ebbie and Holly each had singles this year, a ewe lamb, Lucy, to Ebbie, and a ram lamb, Leo, to Holly. This marks the end of lambing 2022! Stay tuned for Dairy Opening Day in a few weeks. For those of you waiting for news on buying some of this year’s lambs, I’ll be in touch soon!
Triplets to Holsteina last night! Welcome, Lyrical (the miracle), Lion, and Lynx. One white ewe lamb and two colorful ram lambs.
Holsteina’s idea was to have them in a snowbank, but we vetoed that. Lyrical spent some time in that gray area between life and death, but we were determined and convinced her to live. 14 degrees is not an easy temperature to start life at, but all are doing well now. Holsteina is a great mother.
Lambapalooza: March 20th, 12-5pm, 2022
Come meet this year’s lambs! Snuggle and help socialize the new lambs, and learn about our amazing flock of dairy sheep.
Wear clothes and boots appropriate for the barn. The farm store will be open with art and wool products – no dairy yet, it’s for the lambs!!
Please wear a mask in the farm store. Do not come if you have recently tested positive for covid or if you have symptoms of covid. We appreciate your respect for our health — farmers can’t take sick days.