Well, no bragging rights this year about being sold out by noon. We brought 30 fleece down to the Shepherds Harvest Festival – Mother’s Day Weekend! on Saturday and despite the assistance of two very cute grandsons we came home with 6 fleece still available for sale. All 6 are white corriedale fleece. Beautiful, clean and available for purchase.
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Saturday at Shepherds Harvest Festival was a glorious day, lots of warmth, sunshine and new and old customers. Once again we had a sell-out morning. Leaving the festival at 1:30 p.m. with just one fleece left and balls of roving. Oh My is our last fleece available. He’s a wether that was meant to be a market lamb but instead became a babysitter to a ram lamb that was healing up from a dog mauling last fall.
Oh My didn’t keep his jacket on and has a bit of dry vegetative matter in his fleece. He’s got a nice staple, a beautiful crimp and he’s black (a bit of sun fade on the tips). We marked him down in price to $70. First come, first served. Let us know if you are interested.
We had another good year at the Shepherds Harvest Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. It was a “brisk” day not only for sales but temperature wise. We were outside under a canopy between Buildings C & D. We sold all of our fleece by 1:30 on Saturday. Thank you to all of our customers. We appreciate your support of our little family farm. See you next year.
With much thanks to all of our customers – old and new, that we met and talked with on Saturday, May 16th at the 2015 Shepherds Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo.
We appreciate your support of our flock and farm. We didn’t sell out and returned to the farm with four fleece — Lanny, Qwen, Clyde and Silver. All are pureblood Corriedales. Lanny and Qwen are big big white fleece with a beautiful crimp and stable length. We could divide the fleece in smaller amounts for anyone interested. Clyde is natural colored fleece, a bit stinky, as boys are prone to be but will wash up nicely. Clyde and Lanny have brought our flock great Corriedale fleece genetics. Silver is a beautiful gray, nice crimp but a shorter stable. Sliver’s been serving as grandma to our unbred yearling ewes this past winter. Email us if you have an interest.
Our awards from the 2010 Shepherds Harvest Fleece Competition.
Finally, we finished skirting and ready to take orders. Here’s our list of available fleece with description, weight and prices. As in past years we will be bringing our fleece to the Shepherds Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo. Look for us in the vendor buildings Saturday, May 16th.
Measuring Ones Wealth
Joy of joys! It’s that time of the year where we at the farm get to dig into our two year old composted manure pile and spread it on a field. The dark, moist, slightly fragrant mixture of soiled straw, hay, and manure from the winter of 2012 has aged nicely. The compost will provide great nutrients for the pasture and our sheep. We select one of our several fields for spreading and take the day flinging the organic matter to all corners. We have a vintage John Deere spreader from the 1940s that we purchased from a retiring dairy farmer in Douglas County back in 2005. It clanks and clicks and the large drum with the blades whirls madly once the PTO is engaged. It’s a wonderful sight as yards of compost fly like a huge rooster tail into the air and across the pasture. What fun!
Our new big boy, Lancelot, aka Lanny.
Lanny’s a big boy!
We spent our solstice weekend traveling to Mount Pleasant, Iowa to find a new ram for the flock. The family of Lanny Crawford, a longtime Corriedale breeder, have been dispersing their flock after Mr. Crawford passed away this past March. We were fortunate to find a handsome two year old ram that we have named Lancelot, aka Lanny, as well as a ewe with two ewe lambs and a ram lamb.
Crawfords’ Corriedales, at Fertile Acres Farm, are a registered flock that have won many show championships across the United States: “[Lanny Crawford] had a number of champions over the years at the National Corriedale Show & Sales and the National Livestock Exposition in Louisville and earned 25 straight champions at the Iowa State Fair. Lanny received the 2011 Lifetime Corriedale Breeder – the Guy Green Trophy at the National Show banquet in Eaton, Ohio.”
Much thanks to Mrs. Johanna Crawford and her daughter Karla Crawford Kerr for their hospitality and willingness to sell a few Lanny’s prized sheep to a couple of crazy shepherds from “way up north.”
Only three fleece available for sale as of May 18, 2014
Another great Harvest Festival for Strawberry Ridge Farm. We sold all but three fleece, piles of roving, and four beautiful washable pelts. It was a lot of fun meeting our new and returning customers. We entered Millicent and Mary’s fleece in the competition–Millicent won 1st Place in the White Purebred Corriedale Class and Mary won 3rd Place in the Colored Commercial Class. All in all it was a good day for Strawberry Ridge Farm. We did bring three fleece home and they are for sale — O’Clair (Corriedale), Leo (CVM), and Madison (Corriedale). Check out our 2014 Fleece List 5-18-14
A little snow this year.
Here we go again. Shearing time. For those of you who’ve been asking we’ll have our list of available fleeces up by the end of the month–give or take a few snow storms. It’s been a long cold, snowy winter and we’re ready to for spring and lambing season.
Fresh pasture in June
Well, it’s better than last year. We’ve been saying that a few times this summer. Still could use some good slow rains. The drought broke for a few months this spring and summer but it’s still not enough. Will be feeding hay in September. Our garden went to hell in hand basket. A few yellow finn potatoes, some squash and onions. Tomatoes, hah! We did dig up a small basket of nice garlic. It doesn’t look like we’ll be canning much this year. Our blueberries returned big time! It’s the most impressive crop in years. We have about 60 pints in the freezer, pies and pastries and pancakes and sauces—free radicals beware! Friends, family and the many farm workers all got a good share as well and we still left berries on the bushes. The wasps and bugs, birds and critters have free reign now. We brought two new rams into the flock this summer. Clyde is a colored pure bred Corriedale ram lamb we purchased from our friends and mentors, Dick and Gretchen, at White Fish Bay Farm in Door County. We picked up a couple of pretty ewe lambs as well. Leo is a four year old registered CVM ram from Sheepy Thyme Farm in Michigan. He’s a moorit badger with a nice light to dark colored fleece. They both should provide some nice genetic diversity back into our flock. And we’ve had lots of family coming and going all summer long with great happenings in their lives. So, there you are; better than last year.