And the Name is....

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 side of the fence, if they are out of water, or if they just need some attention. She is quite the character. We get attached to all the animals as they all have different personalities that are fun to watch. 

But you didn’t come to this week’s blog just to read about Blackie and her new calf Belle. You are here because we challenged everyone to come up with a name for Ebony’s little bull calf. Well you came out in full force. The post was viewed 3168 times and we had over 100 suggestions. The one name that kept coming back into the game was the name Onyx so we decided that was the one to pick. Now, how do we decide on who won the gift certificate when so many of you chose it? We picked the winner to be the one who first submitted it at 7:25 a.m. on the day of the challenge. So Kris Vieceli, you have won a $20 gift certificate to the Maple Hill Farm Store. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who played and made it fun. It was the talk of the family for the entire week tryiing to decide on all the great suggestions.

This week’s recipe is for Bayfield Apple Oatmeal Cookies:

1 cup organic sugar

½ cup butter

1 - 1 lb package Starlit Kitchen Bayfied Apple Oatmeal (can be found at Maple Hill Farm store)

2 cups organic all purpose wheat flour

½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp xanthan powder

¼ tsp sea salt

1 cup maple syrup

¼ cup apple sauce

½ tsp vanilla


Cream sugar and butter. Combine dry ingredients and whisk to distribute evenly. Add dry to creamed mixture and mix until just combined. Combine wet ingredients completely and add to the rest. Mix until just combined. Scoop walnut-sized balls of mix onto parchment covered cookie sheet and flatten lightly. Bake at 325 for 7 minutes, turn and bake for 4 more minutes. Makes about 30 cookies.

Recipe courtesy of Starlit Kitchen – “Always vegan, as organic and local as can be . . . “