Things to continue to chug along here. We feel like our first week of USDA pork sales went well and many customers also bought some of Sol Farm’s organic veggies to go along with their pork or egg purchase. I hope this trend continues so that we can support Sol Farms great efforts and so that we continue on with our vision of an all inclusive honor farm stand for our community.
I took a few pictures of Black Betty since she is going to be a Mama in about 2 weeks! Not sure if this one picture does her “under carriage” justice. But we’re watching her bag up as a sign of her upcoming piglets. Red Rosie will then have her piglets about two weeks later – mid June. This is nice timing since we like having babies on the farm and all the lambs should be at their new homes by next weekend.
I’ve scheduled our next sheep shearing for June 2nd and, as always, this is an open house for anyone who wants to watch. Show starts at 10:00 AM! Whatever fleece hand spinners don’t buy I’ll be sending to a mill in Michigan for processing up into yarn for our store.
And speaking of yarn… I stopped by to visit one of the fiber families who bought fleece this past Fall. They were going to spin it up with their Angora rabbit fur. Turns out Carrie has embarked on a full fledged cottage business that I think is quiet exciting. She is buying and then having processed single breed wool for yarn. It was really cool to feel and see these breed specific yarns in their natural, un-dyed state. Of course I thought the Finnsheep/Angora blend was the BEST!! Well, it really was a lovely soft color with a great feel and the Angora fur gave it a nice “halo”. Here’s a link to Carrie’s budding business. http://www.insoucianthair.com She’ll be adding pictures as she goes along.
One of our new pork customers from last week had come all the way over from Bellevue to check out the farm. He was a farm boy growing up so I was really pleased when he praised our pork, our friendly lambs (he was like, “who knew lambs could be this nice?”) and the farm in general. He put out the concept of rallying some of his foodie friends on the Eastside for a Farm Buying Club. They would sign up for ad hoc purchases of veggies and meat. I think that we might explore that with them. It could be a great way to meet new people and get them exposed to Great Food The Rolling Bay Farm Way!