Welcome, Luna and Lark! Twin ewe lambs to Elsa this morning to kick off lambing 2022. Triplet brother was stillborn, but sisters are both doing well. Eating, sleeping, and getting cleaned up by Elsa. Three more ewes expected to lamb in the next few weeks, and then we’ll sort out who is for sale and who we’re keeping. And of course after that, FETA.
Things are mostly quiet on the farm… we’re counting down to lambing, which could start as early as Feb. 28th. In the meantime, there’s lots of wool to process and some business-y things I’m supposed to take care of that would never happen during milking season.
The ewes are fully fleeced and cozy warm. With minimal snow, they’ve enjoyed wandering further from the barn than they do in some years. We’re pleased that everyone is in good health and that things are mostly going according to plan — a good feeling for a farmer.
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.
Hope for more rain!
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!