Life at Maple Hill Farm
A day in the life at Maple Hill Farm. Hopefully we can share a few stories through our blog that will help you see life on the farm through our eyes.
|Posted on May 21, 2017 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
It has been a couple weeks since I was able to write a post . . . and it has been a little chaotic to say the least. As we said in the last blog, we celebrated Mother’s Day at the Shepherd’s Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo MN. A couple days of selling our goods and visiting other vendors that we see a few times throughout the year. We love this event as it is only a few hours from home and most people actually know where our little town of Ladysmith WI is located.
After r...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 7, 2017 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
May already? Wow, as I get older, the time goes faster. But even though we are so busy, life on the farm is always the best. As I sit here at the kitchen table typing up the blog, the wind is drying our clothes hanging on the line, Sugar is lounging in the sun, customers are shopping, the sheep and cows are grazing on the pasture, and the pigs are lazily wandering around. Doesn’t that paint a picture of bliss? We all know that life isn’t always like this, but I will take it w...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 30, 2017 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Here we are at the end of April, thinking of flowers, green pastures, budding trees . . . and there is snow in the forecast. What is up with that? Well, Mother Nature is in control so we must learn to adapt and move on. We held our first class of the season on the deck at Maple Hill Farm and it was a full house. The topic was foraging for spring mushrooms. While the weather hasn’t been cooperating and mushrooms are several weeks behind schedule, the class was interesting and full o...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 23, 2017 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
While we shift our attention to an upcoming high school graduation for our youngest son, we take time to reflect on how busy life gets. While life on the farm and operating a business can be chaotic, we also know that our children are better for having lived this life. It has taught them how to work hard, how to enjoy nature, how to appreciate what you have, and they have also learned that life isn’t always easy. While we have made sacrifices, we know that our life here on the farm h...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 16, 2017 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
You may have noticed that we did not post a blog last week. We were busy showcasing products made from Wisconsin’s sheep dairy farmers at Cheesetopia in Minneapolis MN and were unable to get a post written in time. So we will double up this week and give you some great reading on our past two weeks.
We belong to an organization called Sheep Dairy Association of Wisconsin (SDAW) and were honored to be able to show off the wonderful products coming from Wisconsin at the Aria in Mi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 2, 2017 at 5:50 PM||comments (1)|
The warm weather brings on a different sort of work on the farm . . . fixing fence. And it is evident as every day we find cows wandering through the yard or pigs further in the pasture than they should be. Yep, it is a neverending chore. Just this morning, while Brian was milking, I had to run out in the yard in my ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 26, 2017 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Last week we said we were hoping to be boiling sap this week and we were right. The temperatures have been just right and the sap is filling up the bags to the brim. Always amazes me that you can take something that looks like water and turn it into golden sweetness. The first batch we did of course was reason to celebrate and we treated ourselves to homemade waffles, homemade butter, and of course homemade syrup. Sooo delicious and love when we can make an entire meal out of something we...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
We were getting anxious and anticipated the weather to be more cooperative, so we started to tap trees for maple syrup. We sold out completely of syrup shortly after the holidays so we are in desperation for that sweet goodness. Well the weatherman was a little off and the sap did not run but today is looking up. Brian looked out at our maple tree right by our house window and saw a few sap icicles hanging from the tree. A very good sign so hopefully the cooker will be boiling soon. Make...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 12, 2017 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
Over the past week, we had another ewe lamb which brought us up to 71 and another calf born which makes 4 for 2017. This calf was born to Blackie who has been our original cow that started with us quite a few years ago. She had a little heifer calf that we named Belle. Blackie is a wonderful mother and quite frankly, she is the one who lets us know when we need to come check on things. She let’s out these deep bellers to let us know if a calf (anyone’s calf) is on the wrong si...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 5, 2017 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Where does the week go? Here we are writing another week’s blog and I have to think what all happened on the farm because it went so fast. We have reached 70 lambs and they sure are happy with all the visitors and attention they have received over the past few weeks.
This week, we had another little calf born so that makes three in the past month. We have now have Thistle whose mother is Daisy, Truffle whose mother is Oreo, and our little unnamed bull calf whose mother is Ebony...Read Full Post »