Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Catching Up!

Lots of updates the past few months.  A little lack of blogging due to our crazy schedules, so here is goes in a nutshell.  Family life:  23 weeks pregnant and learning that running around a million directions with two adorable kids and running a business is a bit challenging. Admission.  I sometimes daydream when driving home in the afternoons of a little catnap on the side of the road in the afternoon sun!  Weird a little but hey I forgot how tired you get while being pregnant.  We did have a chance for a little weekend getaway to the lake with friends.  Learning that any vacation as a farmer is a complete luxury. Girls are almost done with school and SOO looking forward to summer and time with all the family.  We also received some other bad news this past month.  My mom has had her ovarian cancer return for a third time.  Lucky for us we have one amazing brave mom and one heck of a supportive family.  She is an amazing lady who once again will battle this round three with all of us by her side. 
At the farm.  Well lets just say our heads are spinning.  We attended the artisan cheese festival for the first year and was a complete success.  Amazing feedback, and sold out product made for a great event with other great local vendors. Joe and I also attended the summer social for Whole Foods Market Dublin who will be opening their brand new location May 20th.  We learned scooping around 2000 samples of ice cream is a lot harder than it looks.  We survived....with a few blisters on our hands and not a drop left.  Looking forward to doing our first scoop event this next weekend at the Valley Ford Wool Festival.  Lambs are still arriving and the creamery and farm are still busier than ever. Don't forget to check out our updated retails for all of our products on our website, and check us out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook . We are super excited to share some new creamery news next month.  So a whirlwind catch up and lots more to come.  Stay Tuned.
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Monday, March 9, 2015

We are back!

I am back. Yes a total lack of blogging, thanks to everyone for the reminder to update the blog!  Lots of new things have changed in the new year.  On the family front, we have officially moved houses.  I have to admit I have always loved to move and renovate houses but I think this last move did me in.  We have accumulated a lot more STUFF (yes things we do not need) and that made the move quite a challenge.  I can't believe how much stuff I fit in our little cottage house.  So we managed to pack up our old house and completely renovate the new house.  Speaking of renovation....thank you to Joe, Jolene, and my mom for chipping in since I myself was not much help.  Joe has found his inner designer (partly my fault) for making him watch fixer upper on HGTV.   My lack of help this time around. Why....well we are expanding our family as well. Expecting baby number three this September! We figured when life is hectic and crazy why not add a little more to our plate.  On that note we so excited we can't wait. I have to admit after a little break in children  (newborn phase) seems so long ago. I seemed to forget how taunting the first trimester was.  Note:  full reminded now!  So our family is growing, we survived another house renovation.  We now have more space, more bedrooms and couldn't be happier as a family. Truly lucky in our books! 
At the farm.  Things have picked up, when I say picked up I mean our days have gotten much longer, projects have been added and the creamery seems to be in operation every day.  We hoped for this day and it has arrived!  Our sheep butter, milk and ice cream have hit store shelves.  I have to say a few times we all thought how can we do this!  Let's be honest we are a family farm.  Meaning we do it all from the milking to the production.  No co packers, no frozen milk that isn't ours.  Our sheep, our milk, our hand packed products. We always said one of our main business goals was to be a farmstead operation no matter what came our way, and after surviving a few recent huge orders we now know we are capable.  The whole family chips in and it truly is a family farm.....kids included, and it makes our little family business that much more special. Sheep?  Yes lambs still arriving our new lamb nursery is FULL our automated feeder is now at max capacity.  Complete cuteness overload! Spring has arrived and the trees are in full bloom. With ice cream season arriving we can't wait to share our upcoming events we have scheduled.  Check our website for updated retailers that carry our product.  You can now find our milk along with our ice cream at all nor cal whole foods locations, along with other select specialty retailers.  We are back and happy to be back. Stay tuned lots more to come!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hello {2015}

Well I made it.  Through 2014 that is.  It is amazing how fast a whole year goes by, how each day just slips away and all of the sudden we are parents of a now 5 and 7 year olds.  How did that happen?  I have all these mom moments and can't help but think how I am being so selfish and not wanting my kids to grow up. A little recap.  Avery now in second grade, Hadley heading into T-K in less than a week.  Yes that means I will have both girls in real school...(big girl school).  Reality.....has not set in yet. We had a great Thanksgiving with family in Bodega Bay, we all even managed to enjoy the day and squeeze in a nap a rarity in this family!  Joe and I joke some afternoons when we check sheep in the sunshine how nice it would be to have an afternoon nap in the sun...I wonder if anyone would notice farmers napping in the grass with there sheep?  Oh and grass, we now have green hills.  The rains arrived, really arrived in full force flooding all areas leaving us running on a generator for a few days, but so thankful that brought green hills.  Christmas was great filled with family, friend dinners, and the big guy in the red suit.  He was kind of a big deal this year!  So fun to have such little imaginations and believers running around the house.  Made Christmas morning one for the books.  Holidays also brought a little break for Joe and I, we were able to get to SF for a few days with my family and enjoy some R&R that was very needed.  House projects are now cleaning organizing and packing.  Yes Joe the girls and I are moving houses. (Just our housing) the farm, sheep and creamery are staying as is, but so sad to say we have outgrown our little farmhouse that I love so much.  So many memories and renovations, but we officially just have to have more space.  Luckily for us we are only moving five minutes away.  We have had a great year so thankful for all the great people in our lives we can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for our family.
On the farm.  Projects continue.  The rains brought flooding, flooding brought projects.  New portable feeders are in the works for our sheep that will be able to be used with rotational grazing.  Lambs are still arriving , lots of them.  The new lamb nursery is working great.  Our new automatic lamb feeder arrived. Yes farmer Christmas gift!  We have bottle fed all of our lambs to date. This automatic feeder brings efficiency and warm milk 24 hours a day it was a pretty exciting addition to the farm.  The creamery has been in full swing with sheep milk, sheep milk ice cream, and NOW SHEEP BUTTER.   Check out our website for further details and retail locations. We will also be part of some great events coming up. (details to follow)
So hello 2015 looking forward to what lies ahead. Stay tuned.