Pastures are greening up fast now. The sheep revel in the tender spring grasses, and after 6 months of hay and more hay, it must feel wonderful. Farmers' markets are starting up in the Valley. Ipek is at the Northampton Saturday market with a freezer powered from a super-duper 12-Volt battery and inverter on the back of a truck. Jim and Louie did a great job rebuilding the truck and installing the freezer-battery-inverter combination, and Ipek did a great job figuring out the electrical loads and tolerances, if we do say so ourselves!
Our summer and fall season starts in June, so sign up now. We have lots of different shares, including a one-month "Try It Out" share.
Midnight and Douglas are twins. Now 2 years old, the boys are Icelandic sheep that were born literally into Ipek's hands at DewGreen farm. Now they have a seasonal job at Janet's farm, Steady Lane, keeping down the grass around the barns. In the winter, when there is no grass they get pretty good unemployment with good quality hay and occasional treats. Dougie and Midnight are happy boys, friendly, and Dougie loves to be kissed on top of his head.
Enter Jenny, the donkey. Jenny was with the cattle until recently, because donkeys are great at keeping predators away. Her cattle friends, however, were drinking down the water too low for Jenny to reach, so she moved in with the boys. Now the three of them are a family. The sheep probably feel safer with Jenny around, too, and Jen gets to eat and drink all she wants. Recently Jenny gave us a scare but two vet visits later, she is almost back to her gentle but sprightly self.
No wind, and big flakes coming down. It's really Christmas! A day of cozying up with hot tea.
Ipek went up to Vermont yesterday to pick up pork from 4 pigs. We are well-stocked for our winter season, and this time we have lots of Sweet Italian sauage. Bacon due to be ready in 3-4 weeks. We didn't tell our current crop of Berkshire piglets about any of this, so they are blissfully enjoying a Holiday treat of hay and barley with a drizzle of organic flax seed oil. We scored that oil when a distributor had to get rid of a whole 55-gallon drum of it (the oil was getting close to the "sell by" date" for human consumption). This pork will be extra-rich with Omega-3's!
Our first post, and the start of our winter season. Mostly our members are local, but we now have a few households from the eastern part of Massachusetts, so we established a delivery route.
To all our members -- welcome! We look forward to catching up with returning members this Saturday, and meeting new members in person. And we have a small, home-made gift for you (hint: it makes great biscuits and pie crusts!)
Anybody who is curious -- do stop by during our distribution hours. Details on our How It Works page.