Good Morning All!


I walked among my heavy bodied ewes yesterday during the snow storm quiet. Morning is one of the nicest times of day. Oh but wait… so is bright daylight, and evening dusk, and full moon watching….. I guess that all parts of my day are favorites.


BUT I digress…. I quietly walk around the gals as they begin their daylong routine of hay and grain fill ups, wondering when we would begin to see new January lambs….. and whoops! Out pops a little brown baby from the group (!), healthy bouncy and robust. I really love this time of year. She was being shielded from my prying eyes by her mom and the younger yearling “aunties”….. I will get my hands on her this morning to do a quick health check, a snuggle and a deep deep breath of new life on the farm! AND , there will be so many more to come! Stay tuned for more photos and updates …


New this week is a sharp Cabot cheese and our first shipment of Valley View farm raised yearling lamb. And I know, I know… just talking about the new babies and in the next breath promoting our meat supply seems a bit hard or callous, but it is LIFE on a farm…celebrating the new births and the miracle of everyday life on a farm.. they give me joy through out all of their lives and I give them a very good life too, never caged, never medicated, ample hay and green pastures.


And so, I need to head out to check and see who else will greet me with shiny new eyes , I appreciate all of you for supporting local foods and our excellent small Maine farms……you make a big difference in our lives and I try to make a difference in yours.


Stay warm!

Kath

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Ooooh baby it is COLD outside! I am just in from romping and tussling with my one year old (today) big boys! Slip sliding on the ice, big belly rubs (theirs not mine) and lots of joyful barking, Kip and Lio have been a wonderfully LARGE addition to my farm and my life.


Weighing in now at about 140 pounds, these big puppies (still for another year) they are watchful, gentle, loving and totally submissive to my scrappy little 12 pound house dog Violet. They could easily squish her with one big paw, but they bow down to her and listen as she barkingly reprimands them and reminds them “Who is Boss”.



Kip and Lio are bred to withstand freezing cold temps with a thick undercoat of fur and even if asked to come inside, they prefer to remain out with the sheep and mini horses, they take their job very seriously and do not like to be away from them for our long…..so, as much as I would like to have them in taking up all the floor space in my living room , and counter surfing for snacks, they are so totally happy outside … and it is in their blood and breeding.


Our chef has requested a month off from prepared food making to focus on his health. Bitten by a tick early this summer, the symptoms of Lyme disease have made it painful for him to continue on and he needs to rest and recover.


I do have a few additions this week that I did not get to my farm helper/computer genius gal Linda in time:

A tangy lemon basil pesto 4 ounces for $4.50 made with fresh basil, lemon, pine nuts, parmesan and a bit of salt. A great addition to pasta dishes and vegetables.


Apple molasses 4 ounces for $4.50 and 8 ounces for $7.50 , apple molasses is made by woodstove top reduction of apple cider until it is a smooth tasty apple syrup, great over ice cream or as a marinade for pork.


Peanut butter balls. 3 for $3.75 creamy peanut butter dipped in dark chocolate, a great little snack for after dinner.

Grateful as always for your ongoing support of local foods and our excellent, excellent small Maine farms! I am blessed to know you all and have you share in the wonder of my everyday life!


Kath

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Good evening all,


First actual snow fall………and so beautiful.


We worked most of the daylight hours yesterday to tighten up, pick up , cover up and fill up (The firewood)! And then, just as promised, the snow began so lightly at 3 pm.

We all live in a world of background white noise: traffic, radio, television, house appliances. True silence is just as elusive as full night darkness.

And so, last night, just at twilight, with snow falling all around, I walked among my sheep as they were bedding down for the night ,they were so contented at being in a snug shelter for the evening and making happy murmurings. And within a few moments of the last bit of light leaving… total quiet. How is that possible? 50 large wooly animals, and not a peep ( or bah)? They were listening along with me too. Listening to the silence, and the snow falling, so quietly and gently. Silly sounding words I know, but how often do we really have total quiet? Our world and life is full of motion and sound, I appreciate and value these silent moments on my farm……


And this week, we have no chef prepared foods on our list, but we have added a homemade red sauce for pasta, a sweet chunky homemade applesauce, and peeled butternut squash all vacuumed sealed and ready to go!

Delivery will be on Thursday this week, and orders would be appreciated to be sent to me by Wednesday evening. For all of you that ordered pies, turkey, duck and goose I will deliver those on Thursday, or you can come to the shop. We will be open Wednesday and Thursday this week 2-5 pm!


Linda, my computer/farm helper gal supreme ( I thank her every day for her skills in keeping me in the 21st century) has been working on our gift certificates for the holiday, so if you’d like to offer some as holiday gifts we can personalize them and I can include them in your delivery order for Thursday…..

Grateful as always, I hope that you all have a happy blissful holiday with family and friends,

Travel safely,

Kath

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