News and blog
We are now in full lambing mode. Yesterday we had a single lamb born early in the morning, triplets born at noon and twins born at 10pm! Busy day! We now have nine lambs at our main flock (not counting the 6 Soay lambs born a few weeks ago). We have 16 more females to give birth in the next week or two, so watch this space for more pics and video. Also, our goat Patsy P. Oat gave birth a couple of days ago to a super cute little girl, named Sweet Pea. She is small but healthy and has a interesting frosted coloration. Clementine (our other goat) in due in 3 weeks.
Twins! This was the first set of twins, we got a second set yesterday. These are a boy and a girl, the second set are both boys.
Happy lamb = happy shepard
We were not expecting our first lambs to be born for a week or two, so imagine our shock this morning during chores when we found a new born lamb! The lamb was born out in the snow but the mother had done a great job drying and cleaning him up and by the time we found him he was dry and walking and fed. We moved mum and lamb to a small inclosure (called a jug) with a heat lamp for the next couple of days, before they rejoin the rest of the flock. We are expecting many more lambs this spring, some at the Elm Street location, and many more at the Smith Neck location. Watch this space for more pictures and videos!
Hope you all had a good winter and survived the storms and snow! The farm was lucky and we have had no major damage (fingers crossed for no future bad weather)! Our goats are starting to show the first signs of pregnancy, and we are looking forward to seeing our first goat kids jumping around and getting into trouble. Our sheep are due to lamb in around 8 weeks time and we are hoping for 30+ lambs this year.
We have started a number of crops in the greenhouse, including onions, leeks, spinach, beets and lettuce. Today we have been pruning approximately 30 Asian pear trees we are caring for this year. We have three different varieties, each with a different texture/flavor and time to full ripeness, so expect to see pears in your CSA share. We will also have blackberries included in the CSA share.
If you have already signed up for our 2013 CSA we thank you, and we are excited for our second year. If you are planning on joining we do have our early bird discount until March 15th (pay in full and receive one week for free). If you are planning on joining but would like to pay closer to the first distribution or to pay in installments throughout the CSA season, please consider reserving your place with a $100 deposit by March 15th. We rely on this early investment from our members, and it enables us to purchase the many items we need at the beginning of the season, and to fix all the equipment that has been sitting in the barn all winter.
We look forward to seeing you all at the farm this season.
Tony, Susan and Amelia
Well the blizzard was not needed and hope everyone survived ok, but at least it's starting to melt and in a few short weeks we will see the first signs of Spring (hopefully). For us the idea of Spring and Summer is totally on our minds - thinking of the different tomatos, peppers and melons we should grow will do that! The CSA is to be bigger and better this season, with an added 4 weeks (bringing it to 24 weeks total), two pick-ups each week (either Tuesday or Sunday), and many new crops including sweet potatoes and okra! If you have any questions concerning this season's CSA then please email or call. We are a small family farm just starting out and with your support we will all eat healthy and delicious food!
If you have made it to the farm recently you may have seen a new addition to the Soay sheep flock...Carl and Bitty. Carl is a North American Soay Ram we bought from Festival Farm, RI and Bitty is a partial (9.5%) British Soay ewe that came along for the ride. We are breeding Carl to the five ewes that have been at the farm since March this year, so we hope to see some super cute little lambs running around the farm next spring!
Carl and Bitty
Patience, soon you will be with the rest of the flock
Summer is in full swing and we had another great week. Eggplant are still going strong, the sweet and hot peppers are fully ripening, plenty of awesome tasting heirloom tomatoes, and even some early leeks to mix it up! This weeks share included: Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, leeks, kale, swiss chard, cabbage, summer squash, zucchini and cucumbers. In the pick ur own we had cherry tomatoes, beans and herbs.
A small share - also includes cherry tomatoes, beans and herbs from the pick ur own field. Large share was double this!
Just over a week ago we went back to the Cape and recieved 7 more sheep! They are pure Bluefaced Leicester - known for their great wool for handspinning. The seven comprised of three adult ewes, three wethers (castrated males) and one ram, named Angus! Angus is the father of Sapphire, Diamond and Onyx. He is awesome - a big sweetie.
We now have 48 sheep in total - 12 lambs going on the long vacation in October, 2 rams, 3 wethers and 31 ewes. Oh yeah, and one Angora goat who came with the Bluefaced Leicesters and thinks it is a sheep!
Two of the new Bluefaced Leicester in front.
On grass, where a Blueface wants to be! See that awesome Roman nose.
Angus. 100% Bluefaced Leicester, 100% awesome.
The flock - currently behind Salvadors ice cream if you want to see them.
Just a reminder that we are having a weeding blitz tomorrow (Sunday July 15) from 9am to noon. It will be at 607 Elm St. (where CSA pick-up is) instead of the Smith Neck Rd. location. This will be a relaxed and voluntary day. Come by and visit the animals, pull some weeds, and help us with some transplanting. Stay for as little or as long as you like. Please wear appropriate clothing (weeding is a dirty business) and bring water and suntan lotion. There is no rain date... we will be there rain or shine.
Susan and Tony
A couple of days ago we travelled out to a farm in South Dennis and became the proud owners of four very gorgeous sheep. They are a mix of Bluefaced Leicester, Romney and Cormo (the ram was 100% Bluefaced Leicester and the mother 75% Cormo and 25% Romney) and all have amazing wool. A big thank you to Veronica Worthington!
They are settling in well and we will introduce them to the current flock in a couple of days.
Say hello to Ruby. She is part Cormo and part Romney and is the mother of the other three ewes.
This is Onyx.
This is Sapphire.
And this is Diamond. She and Sapphire are twins. It did not take Diamond long to find the hay feeder!
Last Thursday was the first Downtown Fall River Farmers Market on Old Second Street. The market runs for 15 more weeks, every Thursday from 10am - 2pm. All of our produce is grown by us without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. We also have Massachusetts maple syrup from Holiday Brook Farm, Dalton MA. This syrup is the real deal and a local source of sugar we use in everything!