What is “raw” honey? The difference between regular honey and “raw” honey is in the processing methods. Raw honey is harvested from the hive and unchanged, except for removing impurities like beeswax and dead bees. In order to be sold as ‘raw’, it cannot be heated or undergo ultrafiltration. Some beekeepers also strain to remove […]
We love how our bees help the rest of our crops grow. It is estimated that bees pollinate between 30-60% of our crops. Without them, we’d lose quite a bit of our variety of fruits and vegetables. That’s one of the reasons we choose to follow organic principles on our farm. Besides not wanting to […]
We choose to let our pigs be.…pigs. They like to root up soil with their noses looking for grubs and roots. They like to wallow in a nice mud bath. They even like to race around on cool summer evenings. All of these activities are what pigs like to do and helps to keep them […]
The pigs are doing great, pasture not so much. Nothing new to those who raise pigs without rings in their nose, pigs like to root and dig. However, when we get them in June or July, we’re in a drier time of year, and it takes them longer to break all the sod. We’ve had an unusually wet spring, so they’ve had a blast rototilling it all up! Not bad really, as this gives us a chance to plant a nice pasture mix when they’re done.
This is where most of your store bought eggs come from. On average, each caged hen is afforded only 67 square inches of cage space, less than a sheet of letter sized paper on which to live her entire life. Because of their close quarters, the birds are stressed pulling out or losing feathers, most […]
Cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, vital natural behaviors denied to hens confined in cages. Most cage-free hens live in very large flocks that can consist of many thousands of hens who never go outside. Free-range and Organic standards are not much better. They have to have the “ability” […]
Icelandic wool socks are back in stock! Every year after shearing, we send off some of the wool from our Icelandic lambs to get processed with alpaca fiber into socks. When the socks come back to us, they always sell out! So hop on over to our Online Store to grab a pair or two […]
From socks to hats to traditional lopapeysur (Icelandic sweater), Icelandic wool is revered as top-quality. What makes it unique? Why do people love it so much? What are Icelandic sheep? Icelandic sheep are one of the oldest sheep breeds. They were originally brought to Iceland by the Vikings who came from Norway in the 9th […]
What are sheepskins? Sheepskins are the tanned pelts of sheep. If the sheep was under one year of age, the pelt could be labeled as a lambskin, but sheepskin is often used because it’s a more common and recognizable term. Sheep must be killed for their pelts. However, sheep are not slaughtered only for this […]
We have chosen to follow *organic principles in stewardship of our land and animals. We have not become certified as it is cost prohibitive. We would prefer to spend our money on certified organic feed instead. This assures us that our animals are not being fed * GMO’s (genetically modified organisms/grains). Why would we want […]
Garlic is a bulb that you plant in fall, overwinter and harvest the following summer. We harvest the scape’s (flowers) in early summer for pesto, and the bulbs in late summer. We hang them to dry, replant the smaller bulbs in fall and enjoy the rest of the bulbs throughout the winter. It’s not only delicious, but so good for you!