Monday, August 10, 2015

Three Months Here and Gone!

Well a quiet afternoon and a few minutes to catch all our fans and followers up on our home and farm life. Huge delay in blogging due to the fact that life has gotten a bit crazy.  A quick update on the family. Summer has come and gone also.  Growing kids, swim lessons, summer fun, summer trips and me will a summer with a growing belly.  Down to the final few weeks and I can't wait to not have a pregnancy waddle.  I have to admit I have slowed down and catching lambs or loose sheep on the farm has become quite a funny task to watch.  Joe even threatened to post a video of me out doing things 9 month pregnant ladies should not do! So I decided it wasn't worth the risk of a video of me being posted on social media.  Girls head back to school next week and we will officially have a kindergartner and an 8 year old third grader, and in a few weeks a new little lady to be added to our family.
On the farm it has been a whirlwind a good whirlwind but a summer so busy we haven't seemed to catch our breath yet. Jen Stoker our new plant manager has arrived and been a lifesaver and now settling into her new lifestyle change.  She has spent the past 8 years working for the largest cheese company in the central valley. We are so thankful for her expertise, knowledge and passion.  We are thrilled we fit into her lifestyle change and excited for all the opportunities we have ahead and glad she has decided on Sonoma County.  Did I mention lifesaver.....we seemed to have been a bit overwhelmed. We had exhausted all our family and friends help with our growth and her arrival couldn't have been better timing!  Joe busier that ever and now getting good at making lists.  We are growing rapidly, lambing often, and working harder than ever.  He had a great trip back east this summer visiting the largest sheep dairy on the east coast.  A trip filled with green grass, sheep, and lots of new knowledge keeps us excited about the growing sheep industry on both coasts. The creamery in full swing still producing our handmade sheep products.  BIG NEWS..... we won a 2015  american cheese society award for our crafted sheep butter.  We were unable to attend and to be honest we love our product and know others do, but being so new and only on the shelf 10 months we thought it was a long shot.  {So there we sat on the side of the road fingers crossed we would maybe place.  Trying to get reception for the live stream awards thinking not a chance...there are some major players entered.  No reception as our category arrives. So on with our day, with the unknown}  Well low and behold we won first place!  We still are so humbled and appreciative of our award and makes all we do and all the hard work, long days and occasional farmer tears worth it.  More big news.....we are a 2015 food finalist for Martha Stewart American Made audience choice awards.  Public voting opens in September so don't forget to check out our profile and vote vote vote.   We are so excited to be a finalist.  So our past three months in a major nutshell. Hard Work a few dreams and visions and here we are.  We couldn't be more excited about what is to come and can't wait to share!  Stay tuned.

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 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!