Hi there friends,
It has been quite a long time since I’ve updated all of you. Spring came and Summer has just about kicked into full gear. God is so good, and I can’t begin to tell you all the great things He has done. May all the Glory go to Him. In the past few months since we last talked some new things have happened:
- We got a Jersey Dairy Cow named Princess Buttercup. Yes, it is from the movie Princess Bride. We really enjoy that movie.
- Our Cow Share program is flowing smoothly!
- We got another intern for the 2015 season! Peter (PJ) is 19 and from West Virginia. He’s only been here a week but seems like he’ll fit in nicely here. I’m excited.
- The animals are all doing very well. Our Flerd (flock/herd) loves being out in the pasture and make for some great pictures!
- I had the opportunity to run our booth at the Market Square Farmers Market in May. It was a great market and nice to see some familiar faces and tell others about Heritage Farm
- We are delivering over 200 chickens each week all over the state of Pennsylvania!
- I had the privilege of hosting a Bridal Shower for my future Sister in Law Julia last weekend and it was so fun!
- Micah is almost ready to ride his tricycle.
- Patrick is contemplating cruising along furniture. He prefers crawling J
Those are the main points of discussions today.
Farmers Markets in Clarion have been in full swing since Mother’s Day weekend and that means lots of baking and travel. Markets are one of my favorite places to go each week. I love seeing the people, talking to them and sharing the Heritage Farm story. When I step back and hear myself talking about the difference between our food and other foods it’s amazing how far I’ve come. It is so fun to get to talk to people about how where your food comes from matters. It matters nutritionally, economically, and morally. The conversations I get to have are so fun. The perceptions that people have are crazy sometimes, but I get to tell them about good food that they will never want to go back. God uses it all to advance His Kingdom.
Always feel free to comment, email or just come on by and visit for a bit.
New Season finally getting under way!
Hello friends. I have been meaning to write to you all but time has just been flying by. Things get moving so fast up here. Syrup season ended early for us because we ran out of cut wood for my fire. We made about 3 gallons worth and won’t be able to sell it because that’s all we have for the season. (Sorry folks!) With syrup season ending, spring started springing! The snow finally melted away and we were able to see green grass growing again! We got our first 4 batches of chicks in and will be moving the 4 week old ones to the field this week! We also got our spring batch of 500 laying hens! We have about 1,000 of them in total right now. Lots and lots of eggs! We interviewed and hired an apprentice for the 2015 season; Graham arrived yesterday. Our dairy cow is coming very soon and we’re doing some major remodeling of the Sales Building and the Processing area. So much happening!
Micah loves these nice warm days when he can go outside and run. He especially loves it when I tell him we’re going to the farm. He loves to “help” Pete with the animals. Especially the cows and donkeys. They are some of his favorites.
It is hard to believe that April is already half over and that May is just around the corner. This is when things kick into a high gear for us. In a matter of 3 weeks we’ll have Clarion Farmers Market starting, Pittsburgh’s Market Square farmers market starts soon after that, then the Upper St. Clair Farmers Market, and our other markets. Plus chicken processing and all other farm stuff! I love this time of year. So much fun to do all this stuff!
I’ll catch you all up on more details in my next post!
Have a great day!
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!
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.
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.
I’m trying to update our website so please be patient as I fumble through this! Thank you so much!
There’s so much more to tell you all.