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P.O. Box 190
Fly Creek, NY 13337

Signs of Spring on the Farm

 

There is no question that it has been the mildest winter for us in upstate New York, but what will spring be like? The budding garlic is frozen in the morning and hot in the afternoon. I am  afraid  fast paced growth will be like a lesson taught from the tortoise and the hare. Speed doesn’t always mean the best outcome. However, we’ll let Mother Nature figure this one out ! The cashmere is fluffy and buttery, but not all  of the herd is ready to let go of their fiber. Poor Olaf  was combed last weekend and gave me his best fleece ever. However, he was shivering in the barn a  few nights because of it. The extra bedding of hay allowed  him a warm place to nestle.  We are waiting for  the results of our pregnancy test on our two does, Olga and Gwen. If pregnant we should have some kids to play with on the farm in June. The Sugaring Off Sundays begin tomorrow at the Farmer’s Museum. For anyone feeling the March dull-drums this is a great way to get your spirit into early spring .  Our B&B Farm-stay is booking up for the summer and early fall months . We look forward to sharing the small farm experience with our guests! 

Visit http://www.farmersmuseum.org/ for more information about Sugaring Off Sundays

Cozy Comfortable Cashmere ….. it almost ready !

Our goats are looking fluffier and fuzzier then ever!  Maybe it’s the mild winter temperatures but it looks like combing might start in March  for us this year   (Typically it’s  occurs in April and May ) Cashmere is combed rather then sheered . It is one of the softest fibers  at 14-18 microns.  (Sheep can run up to 30 or more in micron)  Hugging a cashmere goat this  time of year is one of the most enjoyable experiences. They are pillow soft and have a wonderful clean, yes clean ,  smell to their fiber.  Unlike sheep they do not have the high lanolin content , and the odor it produces. So if you are looking for an activity to elevate you mood during February come by and hug one of goats!

Everything You Need to Survive….Here on the Farm!

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I absolutely love this time of year because I can stay on the farm and never really have to leave for anything. The garden has everything you could want to eat ,  the chickens are in full production and the goats are enjoying the pastures. Simplicity can bring clarity and contentment.

Welcome Tamanda!

TamandaLove is in the air  or is that the smell of a buck in the barn ?  Tamanda, a beautiful cashmere buck from St. Mary’s on the Hill ( located in Greenwich, NY) is our guest of honor this month. One way to get through a  Northern winter is to dream of baby goats for the Spring. Olga, one of our top producing and champion does will be bred , along with Gwen  another quality fiber producing doe. Tamanda  is meek and shy but starting to feel right at home in his bachelor pad with his own warm space and an occasional treat .  Rooms/ house bookings are now  directly available on our site.  A Spring /Summer calendar of events on the farm will soon be available.