Thursday, September 18, 2014

Farm Days of September

With our summer officially over now halfway through September.  Our days are still long and we still are working harder than ever.  On the family front we are now in full swing with new schedules including second grade, swim team, preschool and much more!  Lucky for us we have lots of grandmas and papas to chip in and help (Who doesn't love grandma days)  Actually wishing I still had a few of those here and there! We are so lucky to have such a great family and friends that chip in at a drop of a hat, or best friends who answer hundreds of packaging design texts for opinions no matter what hour of the night. Although we cherish every moment we have seems like Joe and I have been completely occupied with the farm, although we did get a chance to celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary.  For those of you who don't know we now live and work together.  It is a good thing we are a good team, seeing that most everyday all day is spent together. Oh yes, there are still marital spats in lowes aisles and yes I do try to quit certain days on him...all part of the married working farm life! 
On the farm.  Still milking, still bottling and yes baby lambs still arriving.  Our projects on the farm continue with new fencing, cleanup and working sheep days.  Every day we are not processing we are tending to the many many ewes and lambs we have on the farm.  Rotational grazing, worming, hoof trimmings, you name it we are doing it. I have to say Joe and I are pretty amazed how fulfilling it is to have an operation like we have. ( did I mention exhausting too)  To start the morning with our sheep to the finished product in the creamery.  It is so neat to be able to know exactly what we are producing and how it is produced down to what each of our ewes eats, when she was sheared, when she had her feet trimmed, when she lambed all the details that make our operation run.  Don't forget to check our retail location page on our website for new locations added.  Also make sure to stop by for a sample of our milk this next month dates and locations on our facebook page (Huge thank you to Jolene for all the store demos and sampling on top of grandma duty). Exciting news for last. YES more news....that means more work.  We are super excited that our Sheep Milk Ice Cream will officially be launching in October!  With our Signature line of {Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate Cacao Nib, Mint Chip, Hazelnut Crunch}  and a very special limited edition rotating flavor starting with our harvest flavor {Pumpkin Pecan}.  If you have never tried sheep milk or sheep milk ice cream you are missing out!  Huge thank you to Jenna Giannini for all the culinary help and making sure we are launching some amazing ice cream. (and for the hours you spent with Joe and I making sure or craft is perfected). So looking forward to what is ahead, all the work, ice cream testing, and many many more projects to come!  Stay Tuned.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

So Long Summer

As summer comes to and end with a new school year just upon us, we realize where did summer go?  Days fully filled  and barely a day to stay home in pajamas doing nothing (sigh) it was an action packed fun filled summer.  Memories were made, lots of traveling, a seems to be very grown up almost 7 year old (as of tomorrow) and a very independent 4 year old.  A mad rush of school prep and final summer project completion checks are upon us.  Joe and I will now have a second grader, and a preschooler (yes finally, Hadley enters her last year of pre-k).  I have decided to add a little more to my plate and began teaching riding again a few times a week (yes there was a little more time in my day)  I am super excited to help teach a great group of IEA kids at Strides Riding Academy. On top of more work we did have a chance to get away with a little family wedding celebration in Denver, and the girls had a grandparent filled trip to Idaho. Joe well part of the farmlife got to stay home all summer working away in his hairnet along with many many farm projects.
On the farm front, we are so excited that things are going great.  Our daily projects still continue around the farm, new plants and paint still plentiful.  Our sheep milk, well Joe and I completed our first demo (yup farmers in the store)  pretty fun to get the reaction of the public!  Have to say I am pretty impressed with responses, it makes what we do SO worth it.  We have added new retail locations you can check out where we are currently stocked here.  http://www.havertonhill.com/new-page/  You can also check out our press articles here if you have not seen them.
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/2478275-181/petaluma-sheep-farmers-find-new and 
http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0038404
So the work continues even harder than we new we could.  New products in the wing we are super excited about.  Lots of projects, work, paint and milk to come!  Stay Tuned.



















Monday, July 21, 2014

Hairnets, stores and a whole lot more!

So yes July is here, and already almost over!  Busy...yes we are to a whole new level!  I have to say we have learned to enjoy each moment and cherish it, as it soon goes away!  That being said...around the house, the girls are growing faster than we are ready for.  Avery had a chance to take a daddy daughter road trip last month to pick up our new sheep dogs!  I know, how many dogs do we have?  Long story short we now just have our pet dog Ellie and a little herd of border collies.   So a very excited little girl hopped in the truck all ready for her daddy daughter road trip to Oregon.  An eager mommy waved them on out the driveway (yes...summer time I was very eager to only have Hadley for a few days....mommy break) little did Avery know her road trip was fast and long.  19 hours of driving and according to Joe non stop talking.  They made it back safe with a few new additions.   The girls were also flower girls in my friends wedding this past weekend.  Oh to be a little girl...I think it was almost as good as seeing a disney princess!  A great family night out.   I have seemed to realize that organization is key to each day.  I also celebrated a birthday this past week and now seem to need a cup of coffee before my feet hit the floor to start my day!  A cup of coffee with a splash of sheep milk of course (shameless plug)  Figuring it is pretty much downhill from here..... how 32 arrived so fast  I have no idea.  Yikes let's move on!  
On the farm, well we are officially on store shelves!  YES....we are so so excited.  I don't think it hit Joe and I until we entered a store and saw our milk on the shelves.  It was for sure a surreal moment.  I also think we hit as many stores in our area just to sneak a peek where we were placed on the shelves how many bottles were left and let's be honest just to stare at our milk on the shelves!  Yup that was us, the crazy little farmers standing in the milk isle just staring! 
You can now find us on the shelves at Whole Foods Market northern California.  New retail stores are added are updated on our website. http://www.havertonhill.com/new-page/
So again huge thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, bought our milk, and sent their kind words our way.  Each like on facebook, each email, and each purchase we are more than grateful for! Around the farm we are still lambing, still calving, and added a few new great pyrenees puppies.  So we again are in full on baby mode with a whole lot of cuteness around the farm!  So our life is now filled with hairnets, stores and a whole lot more.  Stay Tuned!