This is the view from a little hill in the pasture behind Sugar House Creamery, which is also the only place with cell reception. It’s okay looking I guess. During my time here so far I have gotten bruised, tanned, scraped, splattered with poop, covered in whey and doused in the water of the Ausable. But besides dunking myself in various liquids I have been learning a lot- even though I’ve lived on a farm my whole life, this is the first time I’ve ever seriously worked on one. Now I certainly have a new appreciation for the passion with which my family pursues this trade. I’ve never been more tired! Working without stop for what amounts to nearly 24/7 (animals never stop needing humans) and never getting a day off is not something most would choose, but I come from a family of unapologetic farmers who love that label and work like the dickens. I feel proud.
Thoughts from our summer help, Jill. We sure will miss her when she skeedaddles off to Belgium….
Our summer help has arrived in the form of Margot’s lil baby sis! @jfb1996 #summerhelp #lilsis
@lisajeangodfrey shooting the cows and cheese this morning. Can’t wait to see how the photos turn out!
The @sugarhousecreamery ladies. I think they like it here just fine.
Our 2 heifers, Peggy and Turkey, are summering at Blue Pepper Farm.
Yesterday we held the first annual Green Grass Get-down here at SHC. It was a celebration of local food, a growing farm community, and an end to a long. cold. winter!
The event was kicked off by the release of our small herd of Brown Swiss onto pasture—always a fun and extremely gratifying thing for us farmers to witness, the cows’ first day on grass was something we wanted to include the community in. Well the community turned out, and so did the farmers!
The day went better than we ever hoped it would. It was such an inexplicably good feeling to be on our farm sampling out our cheeses to such an excited and supportive community on a PERFECT May day, surrounded by hardworking/ambitious/inspiring farmers while catching glimpses of our cows grazing in the background. Thank you to everyone who came, participated, supported, and contributed to the event. We look forward to next year!
"The cow is the foster Mother of the human race. From the day of the ancient Hindoo to this time have the thoughts of men turned to this kindly and beneficent creature as one of the chief forces of human life."
-WIlliam Dempster Hoard, 1885
Happy Mothers Day!
The bucket milker.
*top photo shows Addison in the background with an iodine post-dip on her teats
Photos taken yesterday while walking the perimeter fenceline and removing all brush and downed limbs. Although it’s greening up, our pastures are still dry as the Sonoran. We need rain!
Here is Wendy giving Margot a last-night-of-waitressing salute and welcoming her into the ALL-FARM-ALL-THE-TIME club!
Facing endless to-do lists and the daily challenges of animal husbandry, cheesemaking, affinage, product quality control, marketing, bookkeeping, groundskeeping, interpersonal relationships, eating, staying hydrated, and brushing our teeth SOMETIMES it’s nice to look at the obstacles we’ve already overcome.
Last April we faced the task of turning some old horse stalls into a working creamery. This April we have over 3,000 lbs of cheese aging in our cave.