Milking season is winding down! The ewes are in charge of how this process goes exactly, but we expect that dairy production for 2021 will be all wrapped up by mid-September. We’ll still be at Bethel Farmers’ Market each Saturday with some dairy. A limited selection of dairy can still be found at Fare Share Co-op in Norway. The farm store is now open only on Tuesdays 2-6 for FarmDrop order pick-up. You can find our dairy on FarmDrop, along with items from other surrounding farms. If you need dairy at other times, feel free to reach out and I’ll see what I can do.
The ewes get a little break before breeding this fall — they deserve it! Then they spend the winter growing lambs and lovely fleeces. We’ll spend the fall and winter processing wool — washing, carding, spinning, dyeing, and knitting.
Farm store hours are now Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9-6 and by appointment. FarmDrop orders will be available for pick-up from 2-6 each Tuesday starting June 1 (regular store shopping ok during that time too!). We’ll be at the Bethel Farmers’ Market each Saturday from 9-1, and our products are also on the shelves at Fare Share Co-op in Norway.
Two wethers and one ram lamb are still available for fiber, companion, or breeding flocks — please reach out for details.
We’re excited to announce that our FarmDrop sign-up page is now live! FarmDrop is an online farmers market where you can buy products from The Friendly Ewe and other local farms with a few clicks and one payment, and then pick up your weekly delivery at your neighborhood drop site (our farm!). No commitments or memberships — get what you need, fresh and packed for you, contact free.
We’re signing up interested customers, and stay tuned for the launch of the market this spring!
If you’re a local producer interested in selling on FarmDrop, please reach out to me. The more, the merrier!
Come meet this year’s lambs! The oldest will be a week old! Wear clothes and boots appropriate for the barn. The farm store will be open with art and yarn – no dairy yet, it’s for the lambs!! Please wear a mask. One family group will be allowed in the barn or the store at a time – sign up for your 20-minute time slot here.
Please practice distancing from those not in your group and wear a mask. Do not come if you have recently tested positive for covid, if you have symptoms of covid, or if you have been exposed to someone in the past 10 days who has tested positive. We appreciate your respect of our health.
Update: on Thursday, Renee was in the barn from 1am to 8:30am with Holsteina and Elsa in labor. Both had triplets, but one of Elsa’s was stillborn. The remaining five lambs and both ewes are healthy and doing well. That brings us to 13 lambs in five days from five ewes! And… the end of lambing? We’ll find out mid-May if the ram’s Christmas vacation on the wrong side of the fence resulted in any lambs for Egret – too soon to say. We’ll ease into milking over the next several weeks as the lambs get more established. At this point, we have five ram lambs and eight ewe lambs, incidentally the same number of lambs and ewe-ram ratio as last year! If you’re interested in purchasing lambs for dairy genetics, fiber, or companion animals, now is the time to reach out and put a deposit down!