Oh my! I hope sincerely that you have been enjoying all of this wonderful weather we have been lucky to experience. I have had a list of farm projects that needed to get done sometime in the spring. I never imagined that we would be well into the list by the 1st of April. That’s part of what is awesome about farming, you are always being thrown curve balls, some are good and some are bad. I’m enjoying this good one. In fact, the Easter Bunny delivered baskets full of annual flowers to the children to plant in their gardens. The flowers have already been planted! That’s a first! I so look forward to those lovely little blooms greeting me all summer long as I walk out my front door.
April and May are my favorite months of the year. I so enjoy the green grass, the blossoms, the bees buzzing and all the new life awakening after a dark, rainy season. I will install 4 more hives of bees this weekend, so honey is in our future.
Our chicks and ducks are on their way and will be here on April 12th. You will see them roaming around the farm eating up bugs and grass converting it to food on your table. There are a few extras so feel free to add on.
All of the goats but one kidded this past month. We have 7 happy, bouncing babies running around and growing like weeds, and it’s been fun to get to play with them again and to enjoy the goat milk from our two milking mamas. You will no doubt see these guys running around out in the pasture from now on. We are also still looking for names for almost all of them. Hint..hint…
As of today, our RAWMI listing has been finalized and is official. It was actually official on March 11th, but they have now posted it on their website and announced it themselves. Our bacteria counts are now public on the web (www.castironfarm.com/test-results). We have really learned a lot in the listing process, and I am so glad that our farm walked that path. As a listed farmer, I now have a donation box with envelopes for RAWMI. This will live in the creamery. I know that things are tight, but do consider making a contribution, even as small as $5. If everyone made a small donation we could pay for another farmer to go through the listing process. We are slowly educating and proving that raw milk can be produced safely (and deliciously).
I did a bulk order of the wide mouth ReCap Mason jar lids. They are awesome to put on the milk jars to help with the pouring. They are on the shelf in the creamery and you can grab them for $6 each. That’s a steal, as they are $7 on the ReCap website.
I wish all of you a happy spring. I hope that you find some time to grab some good food with someone you love, and as always, Enjoy your milk!