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Good morning All!

Heading at a rapid pace into spring, I am fielding calls everyday from foragers trying to find a buyer for their fiddleheads.. it appears to be a bumper crop this year! They are so beautiful this time of year, and delicious too. Please note that my chef has offered up fiddlehead grill packs this week...his grill pack features fiddleheads ,seasoning and butter in a foil pouch ready to pop onto your grill or oven, heat to steaming (about 15-20minutes) and enjoy! Such a short season, authentic taste of Maine. In the coming weeks we will pickle fiddleheads and make pestos with them too!

The rhubarb is growing ,growing, growing, an amazing mound of stems and foliage, seems like I can pick every day and we till have more the next morning.. we will be making jelly ,jam and freezing it too in the weeks ahead!

Asparagus, what can I say about this spring veg that has not been said before? Well, truth be told, not much, but we have PLENTY, and it is so tasty sprayed with a light coat of olive oil, dusted with sea salt and grilled in a cast iron spider (frying pan) . I like to finish it with lemon.

Making my mouth water just thinking of it....

We continue to have a good supply of winter storage vegetables, apples are still in good supply BUT.....BUT..... not as crunchy as they were even a month back....

Just after sending out this email, I will head out to the fields to walk with my very big puppies and harvest dandelion greens for salads and cooked greens, all my “old timey “friends from when I lived on Cliff Island would call me right about now and ask for me to pick them a mess of greens. They loved to eat them drizzled with vinegar as a spring tonic.

Spring in Maine....... what is there not to love?

Thankyou all for your enduring and wonderful support for excellent small maine farms and our produce and fresh foods, I am delighted to be able to bring this bounty to you and your family, and please remember orders for prepared foods, dairy and spices should be to me by 5 pm Wednesday, all other orders by 5 pm Thursday!

Kath

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March 15 2021



We travelled to Scranton Pa over the weekend to pick up our 2 newest additions to our farm flocks! Anatolian shepherds are big, commanding livestock guardian dogs that have been bred, raised and relied upon for centuries in Turkey and other European countries.

These two big guys (named Kip and Lio) will spend their days and nights with our sheep , beef critters, chickens and pigs keeping a watchful eye out for fox, bobcat, coy dogs and coyotes that search for easy pickings on farms.


Anatolians are bred to be independent thinkers, using their wits and bulk to keep “their” charges safe. Our two boys are 10 weeks old and weigh in at just about 30 pounds. They were born on Christmas Day in farm fields in Ohio among a flock of goats, so they are well on their way to being excellent protectors of the Valley. view farm Critters.


Mature weight of 150 pounds is not uncommon , large healthy litters of pups and a lifespan of 12-15 years mean that these guys will be on the job for a good long time.. Medium to high energy, alert to changes, responsive to “their “ people and a drive to do their job will make them valuable additions to the farm and excellent companions in my rambles around the farm and fields....

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Spring always bring new life, every single year. Here at Valley View Farm, new life has arrived early...lots of new life. So far, our sheep have had more than twenty adorable, multi-colored little lambs!



Our Katahdin sheep are a rather large breed raised for meet, but not so much for their wool, which is coarse. Their lambs, however, start out with what you would imagine lambs wool to be like, nice and soft. For now, the lambs are kept inside the high tunnel with their Moms, Ted and Rosie (our resident, rescue ponies), and a few young steers. Amazing that three different kinds of animals can dwell together in harmony, isn't it? They do. Perhaps we humans can learn a thing or two from our four footed friends.

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