Happy New Year, everyone. Here’s hoping your holidays were both beautiful and joyous.
Of course, the holidays are usually hectic, but now that the pace has slowed down a little, we wanted to share some of the news from the farm with you.
This last Thanksgiving, Healing Ponds Farm added some new goats to our herd: two new Toggenburgs, as well as two new Saanens.
Toggenburgs are Swiss goats, and these particular Toggs are a new lineage for us. We’re bringing them in to add diversity to our existing herd of Toggenburgs and improve our stock.As for the Saanens, also from Switzerland, these are the largest breed of dairy goat and the highest producer. Additionally, the new Saanens we brought home over Thanksgiving descend from parents and grandparents with plenty of milking stars in their registration history.
So all four of the newcomers are part of our search for a better quality goat.
A funny thing happened over Thanksgiving, though, bringing them home. We were in Albany, visiting family, and we had the goats with us: we’d just driven down to Bakersfield, CA to pick them up. While we were visiting, one of them got free: a Saanen. She escaped the truck, ran through a big yard, crossed a street and disappeared behind a hedge, into the woods of a park.
So, the search began.
We got everyone looking for her, including family. Even the neighboring farmer saw her jump a fence at the end of a cul-de-sac, and tried to capture her. Mostly though, we walked – probably miles, from late morning till well after nightfall.
Thankfully, around 6pm, Mark found the escapee hiding in some cattails. She was pretty scared, and happy enough to come back home again.
A few days later, back in the farm store, one of our regular customers dropped in to collect her share of milk. She listened to our Thanksgiving goat story with a funny look, and when we finished, she said, “A white goat?”
That’s when she started laughing. She’s from Switzerland, she had Saanens of her own there, and those white Swiss goats were always getting loose: the garden, the neighbor’s barn, everywhere!
In any case, all the new goats – both Saanens and Toggenburgs – are now happily settled in with the rest of the herd at Healing Ponds Farm, and we’re looking forward to how they’ll do through the new year.
Moonie, our nurse cow, is going to be a mother. The problem is, we don’t know when.
She’s gigantic. In early December she tried to walk between two of our farm buildings, got stuck, and didn’t know what to do. She just stood there until Mark showed her how to walk on out.
The vet tells us there’s no way to predict when the calf will come if you don’t know the date of conception, so now we’re just waiting on Moonie to make her move.
MEAT, EGGS & VEGETABLES
As for the food we’ve got for you…
Turkeys are available for your table, so if you didn’t get a chance to taste a real, pastured turkey over the holidays, you should definitely try one now. They have so much more flavor than a conventional, store-bought turkey – there’s just no comparison. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your bird. Need more info first? Click here.
We’re also selling turkey and goose eggs now, too, as well as chicken and duck. Again, all our poultry is 100% pastured and raised on organic feed. This coming year, we plan to start growing vegetables and selling beef, as well.
Keep in touch for details! And once again, happy new year to you.