Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quick Spring Update

A wet cold spring creates loads of wood violets and fresh green grass!

Wood violets on  the forest floor
The cows are busy eating their way through the north pasture and  are all displaying bellies swollen with calves.  Since they were bred  "au natural" while out in pasture, we really arent quite sure when the first calf will appear.we hope it will arrive sometime in June. Below are a few photos from the "maternity ward".

"Syrup" (our jersey cow) practicing her prenatal yoga?
We again bred our cows to a Scottish Highlander bull, so the 1/2 highlander ( "Sugar") will have a 3/4 Highlander calf...ought to be a cute little bugger!

Dave's pet, "Sugar"...1/2 Scottish Highlander   1/2 Jersey
 "Sap" is half angus and half jersey and she will have a  half highlander, 1/4 angus, 1/4 jersey calf.....I hope it's a bull calf, that's a darn good beef combo!

"Sap" meditatively munching away on the fresh spring grass. If  you look closely at the background, you can see Dave walking a sheep back from the pasture, pretty cool!
Ramps and fiddle heads will be gracing  the "Pizza" menu this Sunday along with a selection of our fine artisan cheese and locally produced meat selections.
If you visit the farm this Sunday for "Pizza By The Pond", you can watch the "Milking Of The Sheep" at approx 6:00pm.   The sheep are milking their hearts out, I am so VERY happy to be making raw sheep milk cheeses again !!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Quiet Cove

("Pizza By The Pond" will be closed Sunday May 22nd in honor of our son's 
                   high school graduation. We will re-open on May 29th)

Geese enjoying the quiet of the cove
This past Sunday was yet one more of many blustery days that we have endured over the past couple of weeks. I  know that  the wind is necessary in order to usher in the warmer weather, but it can  definitely erode on one's sense of humor and patience. As my capacity to endure the crappy weather shrinks, it's always good to remember,( as the wild critters know all too well) that  there's no sense in wasting  precious energy waging war with the weather, especially when peace and pizza can be  found nestled in a quiet cove. 
One of the benefits of being tucked into a  hillside is that picnickers at the"Grotto" are  able to enjoy a placid and quiet afternoon even though the wind  may be  blasting about on the higher pastures. 

Ostrich fern fiddle heads
 I found the best way to pick up my spirits on a dark gloomy day  is to hike through the woods. Even though the morels are no where to be seen (yet!), the fiddle heads are springing up and make for a great pizza addition.

Rue (anemone)

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Sunshine! We FINALLY have sunshine, making for  a  beautiful day for a walk about the farm!. "The Pizza By The Pond" is featuring fresh picked  fiddle heads and ramps as some of the  ingredients of choice today, along  with our other different meat, cheese, and assorted veggie toppings. Down in the pizza grotto we are nestled in cozy niche that buffers us from the blustery wind that is ushering in warmer weather, a pleasant space for bird watching and pizza eating!  Up by the barn we have a couple of new playful  goat kids and lambs  scampering  about with the puppies, everyone is loving this sunshine!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Eating Wild!

Super quick update since I am running late today....
Chance of rain today  is not a problem, we have a rain shelter for pizza and cheese customers!
Ramps and fiddle heads have begun to emerge!!! Both will be on the Pizza By the Pond Menu today!
Just started making the jersey cow milk cheese for the season, we start milking the sheep tomorrow which means that next week everyone can watch Dave work his magic during the "Milking of the Sheep!
And we have one new goat kid (another dang buck!) and a new border collie pup named "Dice!"
I will update with photos in the next couple of days!