Countdown to first possible lambs: 48 days! The next few weeks will see an increase in rations, as our ewes devote more and more energy to the growing lambs. We’ll also separate out the ram and wether, as rams can get aggressive with pregnant ewes. We’ll be rearranging the inside of the barn to include individual stalls for new mothers and lambs to bond, separate from the others for a few days. And most importantly, we’ll be relishing the uninterrupted sleep before the middle-of-the-night barn checks. We’ve been focusing on processing lots of wool into yarn, gaining slowly on the fleeces that have been in storage. All of 2019’s wool is gone – yay! However, we’ve still got some backlog from 2018 and 2017… The sheep are full-fleeced now, and spring shearing will be upon us before we know it!
Come shop local this season on the farm! Prints of Sophie’s art will be available for purchase, as well as handspun yarn from the sheep and other wool products. Visit the sheep in the barn and check out the farm store. Put the ewe in yuletide!
10am – 5pm
Saturday, Dec 14th and Sunday, Dec 15th
The Friendly Ewe is located at 344 Sumner Rd. in Hartford, Maine
Sorry, no dairy currently available as the sheep are dried off and busy growing next spring’s lambs.
Dairy production is finished for 2019! Focusing now on fiber and art, as well as preparations for winter. All of the hay is in the barn, and the wool coats on those sheeps get thicker by the day.
The farm store will be open this week (8/25-8/31)! Tuesday 9-3, Wednesday 9-6, and Thursday 9-6. Feta, yogurt, and ice cream in stock now… cheddar curds and more ice cream by later in the week!
Ebbie added Ima and Ingrid, twin girls, to the count, and Egret contributed Irene and Isaac to close out lambing. That’s six girls and three boys for anyone who is counting. Several ewe lambs will be for sale, as well as one ram and a few wethers. Contact me if interested!
2019’s lambing season began with triplet girls to Elsa on Valentine’s Day: Idgy, Iyla, and Isme. Friday the 15th brought us Iguana and Imp, twin boys to Pippa. They’re all wearing sweaters and learning to snuggle for warmth! Stay tuned to see who is next.
All the critters are doing well in their woolly coats! Winter brings a focus on a few different projects before lambing and milking time in February. I’ve been processing some of the backlog of wool we’ve got stored up, resulting in some handspun yarn and some handmade felt-covered journals for sale on Etsy. We’re also working on getting prints of some of Sophie’s art to have available… stay tuned.
Did you see the article featuring The Friendly Ewe in the Sun Journal?