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Lambs are here!

Hey there friends,

Thanks for catching up with me on this fine Monday afternoon.  I can’t believe its March and we still have feet of snow!  NO FAIR!  I want to move someplace warm!  A friend of mine lives in Hawaii with her husband and little baby boy.  I am so jealous right now of her! DSCN2879

As you may have seen on our facebook page, our Ewe’s started lambing!  Pete wasn’t expecting them to lamb until March and the first lambs was born last Wednesday! The first two we have named Clover and Ruby as per an idea from a Buying Club member.  Saturday Pete came home and said that there were 2 more lambs born.  A female and a male.  The female was big and was nursing well with her mom.  The male however was up walking but didn’t seem to have a mama with him.  No one seemed to care for this little guy.  Pete tried to graft him onto another mother overnight.  That didn’t work.  He brought the little weak lamb home to our house Sunday morning and tried to get it to drink from a bottle.  I named the little guy Champ.  Micah loved having the baby lamb in the house.  He would check on him in his little box.  Sadly Champ passed away Sunday night.  We had another lamb born on Sunday too.  So we have Clover, Ruby, Starlight, and Pip.  They are all doing well and are so gosh darn cute and cuddly.

Having these lambs that some reject their offspring, some reject one twin but bond with the other, and some bond right away like they should, gives a whole new view of Scripture.  In the Bible Jesus is referred to as our Shepherd who cares for His sheep.  We are referred to as sheep.  And let me tell you, from first hand experiences – sheep are really dumb.  Like really dumb.  They have their moments of seeming smartness, but on the whole they are very moldable.  I have had more people tell me “How could a ewe just reject her child?” Do we not see this in our own culture today?  How many babies are abandoned by their mothers?  We are no different.  Sheep need a shepherd who can lead them to where they need to go.  They can’t do it by themselves.  They stay in a group and all flow as one.  Rarely you’ll find one off by itself.  The group is almost always led by the ram. He is the first to head to the new pasture when the shepherd opens the gate and everyone else just follows along.  We too are like this.  We tend to follow the leader don’t we?  If it’s a good leader like a grounded Pastor then we will be following in the right manner and following the Supreme Shepherd; however, many times we follow others because they seem like the know what they’re doing. And when the shepherd opens the gate, the leader will decide to run the other way, taking his flock with him.  Again, we can see this with ourselves too.  But our Supreme Shepherd is oh so gracious and will come and find that sheep that wanders away and will tend to the lost abandoned ones too.  He will give them a bottle and become their caretaker.  How beautiful isn’t it?  One of the things I love about raising sheep particularly is how it has opened my eyes to new facets of God’s character. DSCN2884

I’m glad I got to share that story with you.  If you’d like to come and see our new baby lambs feel free to stop by anytime. We’ll show you all around and cook you a meal before you go!  We have about 10 more ewes left to lamb this month so there will be lots of naming and activity fun on our facebook page and probably on the blog here too!

Stay tuned for more fun.

Until we chat again.  Stay with the Shepherd.

Exciting time of year!

Hello friends!

There’s just so much I could tell you all about, I don’t know where to begin!  I love this time of year! Heritage Farm is a member of Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and there’s a huge conference held in State College every February for this organization.  It’s a time to rub shoulders with other farmers, consumers and suppliers.  We get new ideas, new tools, and lots of good stuff to chew on.  We as a team divide up into the different sessions and meet back to discuss what we learned and any new ideas we come up with.  Then when we get home, I start working on our annual Newsletter we mail out to our customers with their order forms for bulk meat purchases.  It’s such a fun time.  We hatch new ideas and launch them into existence!

In addition to farm things hatching, I get to spend my time indoors with my two lovely little boys.  Watching Micah learn to play with Patrick and Patrick learn to interact with Micah is just so fun! It’s cold outside, and very warm in our house so we have lots of fun over here.  Daddy loves to play with us on days he isn’t doing his side-job or up at the farm.  Micah wants to go with him to the farm every time, but it’s just too cold!  This winter has also been a time when I can dedicate time to read my Bible each morning.  Friends, this is something that I’ve struggled with for years!  YEARS!  I just couldn’t seem to find time, nor energy to get up earlier than normal and get in some quiet time.  With Pete working a side job this winter I’ve been able to get myself out of bed and get my coffee and quiet time in before the little ones get up.  {I have to confess that this conviction for quiet time was initiated by the song “When the Crazy Kicks In, by Francesca Battistelli.  There’s a line in there that says “to hit the ground, running’s a temptation – But I have learned this lesson the hard way – A little time with You, the only way to get me through the day” and I have found it to be so true! }  This is when I can also focus on cleaning, organizing, crafting and designing!  3 of the 4 I love to do!  Can you guess which one I don’t love to do!  Ha ha!  February is also “the hump” month in mind of winter.  After this it’s all downhill and will soon get warmer.  “Soon” being a relative term.

Let me give you a mini list of some of the new things I’ve been able to have my hand in that the farm is doing this year:

–          Raw milk Cow Share Program – SOOO excited for this one!

–          New Buying Club times and locations – hoping to reach more folks with our products

–          State College Monthly delivery!  – Yep, we’re going to State College with our fresh chicken and more!

–          Ridgway Buying Club – Instead of doing the Ridgway Farmers Market this season we’re planning on doing a Buying Club style for our local customers!

These are the big ones that are coming to mind.  Additionally, I hope to expand my sales of Tupperware and other craft items this season.  I’m working on all of the above!

All that being said, I have to ask that you would be a prayer partner with us this season.  Pray that God would bless Heritage Farm as He deems best, and that we would be able to reach more people with the His Story for His Glory.  That’s why we do what we do.  It’s all for Him.  We are blessed enough to be His servants. 

Till we talk again!

DSCN2842 The boys wore matching outfits that day

 

 

DSCN2845Patrick loving his Pork Chop bones!!

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Tara

What and Why

How we live and why we live that way.

This is a broad statement I know.  When I clean I tend to think through my conversations and relationships with people.  I was cleaning on Monday, and thinking about the finishing touches I had to put on my future-sister-in-law’s Christmas gift.  I was making her a recipe book with all my favorite recipes in it.  Ones I’ve acquired over the past 3 years of marriage and some classics from my mom and grandmother.  Many are from Better Homes and Gardens, Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, or various other places, but all are tweaked to be mine.  See I live a little differently than I was raised, and I love it.  This thought of the various recipes I’m giving Missy (name changed for privacy) and the naturalness of all of them lead me to think about why I care about the food as I do.

I can truly say I have made this gigantic change of my own volition and not by force.  It all started when, through studying about food and how it gets from the animal/plant to my plate I came to see that it really does matter what an animal ate or how a crop was grown for nutritional, moral, and Christian reasons.  Nutritionally the meats and produce have no rival.  Morally I can defend how all is done.  And my Christian beliefs are uncompromised by the fact that I am caring about something that God cares about too.

But it’s bigger than that.  I rarely use a microwave oven.  Why?  Because I have done my homework and don’t like that the molecular structure of the water molecules and molecules of the food is being altered.  And beside that… if water that has been microwaved kills plants I don’t really want that in my body.  I also don’t buy breads except for rare occasions (I can think of less than 5 times in the past 3 years)  Why?  Because it’s easy to make, and I can regulate the ingredients going into it.  If regular bread has more than 6 ingredients in it and I can’t pronounce some of them I don’t want my family nor I eating it.  {An aside with that.  I have picked up 3 breadmakers from GoodWill.  I paid a max of $7 for one and less than that for the other 2.  I use them to mix and knead my dough and then rise them in my own pans.  So easy!!!}  I make my own tortillas, sandwich buns, hot dog buns, and toaster pastries!  It’s easy to do these things if you make it a point to set time aside.  Something else I try to avoid are Genetically Modified Ingredients.  Why?  Because I believe that God had a perfect design when He created the world and we shouldn’t be mixing the genetics of animals with plants to achieve something that can’t stand in nature.  This means I try to avoid sweeteners other than Pure Cane Sugar in my cooking and use un refined cold pressed oils as I can.  I don’t buy things with MonoSodium Glutamate (MSG) Why?  Because that’s a chemical that is designed to addict the consumer to the food.  Look at where you find it and you’ll find yourself craving those things!  I cook with butter (making my own as I can) and never with margarine.  Why?  Because margarine is totally comprised of chemicals that our bodies were never designed to process.

Now let me state that I am not a purist and I don’t believe that it is possible to be entirely pure in this area of life.  It’s more costly to eat seasonally and locally and naturally.  I know this.  My grocery budget is primarily consisting of cheese, other baking supplies, come canned items (primarily organic) and some dry goods like noodles & condiments.  Our food budget/household budget is very tight.  $50 per week.  So extra things are rare treats.  Like Shrimp.  Pete’s new favorite food.  But when it’s on sale and in the budget I can do this. We don’t eat out unless we have a gift card that we’ve been given.  We have had to cut some things out of our lives, but we’re still happy!  And we feel great!

So when I tell folks that my kids only like Raw Milk and have only known homemade bread and tortillas, I get some funny looks and folks think I’m crazy.  To me personally, I can’t imagine feeding my boys something that I don’t know where it came from.  To me that’s neglect on my part.

Let me encourage you that caring about your food can be done.  You don’t have to live on a farm!  I’m always encouraged by blogs like 100 days of Real Food and Biblical Homemaking.  One has the food part correct, but not so much involving the Creator.  The other gives all glory to God but isn’t as caring about other things that I feel are important to God too.  I am always here if you’d like to ask questions cinnamon rolls grahams