Elsewhere in the news, those season change forecasting ground hogs throughout the USA and Canada reached a ‘no shadow” consensus this morning. Early Spring is only 47 days away! Sound good?
And with that we welcome the newest members to the flock. Both busy and rewarding, lambing time is long anticipated. Full of promise for fiber to come, each lamb represents the future of fiber on the farm. Welcome lambs, Welcome! Welcome!
We were pleased this past spring and early summer to collaborate with textile designer Pascale Gatzen to develop the fine wool and mohair blend yarn for these jackets. The following is an invite to the opening of the premier exhibit featuring the initial showing of these amazing jackets to the public. Best wishes to Pascale and ‘friends of light’ as they continue on their journey bringing locally sourced, sustainably produced textiles into the mainstream of fashion. Click for map to 354 W 11th St, New York
Hello Buckwheat Bridge Angoras Blog Followers,
Dove into Pinterest the other day… great site, beauty in pics.
What’s new at the farm?
100 + lambs born, 5 sets of triplets… 200 sheep!
Good looking hay this year compared to last year’s drought.
Feeding organic grain from Lakeview Organic in Penn Yan.
If you haven’t seen the goat kid born on video…
We will not be at the Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market’s this summer! This is big news, since it makes getting our products a little more difficult.
We now have a special sale through June, after which we are closing the online store.
It’s your chance to stock your stash with our products, or finally get that gift you’ve thought about for a while. We’ve updated our inventory with several items, including some more socks, VSY yarn and angora goat hides (very special yoga mat!)
Subscribers to our mailing list get a special discount code for June!
I came across this post in the Local Harvest newsletter. As you read this, think about who grows and cares for your food – or who prepares your food – and thank them. Think about the quality of the food you are consuming – do you want GMO’s in your body ? Is the organic label or local label important ? What do those labels really mean? Why is organic food often wrapped in plastic ? Is plastic organic? How far away was that local food really grown ? Or is it more important to KNOW your farmer. KNOW the person and the methods that go into making your food from seed to table. Be an educated consumer. ASK QUESTIONS !
“Welcome back to the LocalHarvest newsletter.
A little while back I was on a road trip and stopped at a coffee shop for a snack. I picked up one of the extra large cookies on the counter to see what was in it, and there, listed at the end of the usual ingredients was ‘love.’ I am sorry to say that my initial reaction included a tiny bit of eye rolling. It felt a little gimmicky – but it got me thinking. If we can put love into food, all sorts of possibilities open up, including how we think about good food.
We who appreciate good food sometimes struggle when it comes to describing it. Does it need to be grown within a certain number of miles? Does all organic food count? What if its parent company was a multinational? It gets complicated. Maybe there is some shorthand that would help, and maybe that shorthand is this: good food is grown and prepared with love.
What does that mean, exactly? How do we add love to our food? For myself, one important piece is simply paying attention to both the ingredients and the act of cooking. It’s the easiest thing in the world to throw together a quick supper while thinking a thousand racing thoughts about everything but the vegetables in my hands. But really, it is almost as simple, and infinitely more satisfying, to close the mental door on the day, focus on the task at hand, and take note of the fact that this food – this onion, these beans, this rice – this food right here will nourish me and my family, will become the energy that sustains us. Being mentally present and open-hearted changes what happens in the kitchen. It’s noticeable. My husband appreciates food and the effort home-cooking requires, and even when I’ve just thrown dinner together he looks at it and says, “Thank you for cooking, sweetie.” But when I’ve really put my heart into it, he’ll almost always say something like, “Wow, this is beautiful.” And it is.
So love changes food and the way we perceive it. I think this is one reason so many of us are drawn to farmers markets, farm stands and CSAs. Much of this food has been loved its whole life, and some part of us knows that. While not every farmer would use the word “love” in relation to what he or she does in the fields, I think it’s a fair descriptor of what’s going on when someone works for months to raise a crop, poring over crop rotations and seed orders, scraping weeds away from seedlings, sifting soil between their fingers to test the moisture, and getting up at 4:00 every morning to care for animals and load trucks and do the million other things necessary to bring in the harvest. Such work requires sustained attention, and usually, what people attend to deeply opens their hearts. Crops raised in this way, like meals prepared with care at home, are good food.
When we give our full attention to that which sustains us, whether we are growing, preparing, serving or eating it, that attention becomes a form of blessing. And we too are blessed.
Until next time, take good care and eat well. Erin
Erin Barnett Director LocalHarvest “
What more appropriate time to think of these concepts than when the tillage begins!
Our goal is to connect local fiber users with local fiber producers, meet some new friends and have a great time. Folks stopping by the farm will get a chance to see the sheep and goats plus the mill where all the processing takes place. We’ll be happy to explain all the in’s and out’s of what it takes to make that fine wool or kid mohair fleece into roving, yarn – – or even socks!
Check back for updates as the date approaches! Looking forward to seeing everyone –
SPECIAL THANKS TO KIRK and ARLENE for ALL THE ORGANIZING!
Blackberry Hill Farm, 156 Bells Pond Road, Hudson (Columbia County), 518-851-7661, www.blackberryhillfarm.org, Saturday 10-4:00, Sunday 10-3:00. Charming Family Farm featuring Cormo sheep and Llamas and their yarns, wool roving, fiber art, maple syrup and the nicest herbal Healing Salve you can get. New this year: Cormo lamb roving and a lovely cormo/llama/alpaca yarn.
Black Sheep Yarns, 12 Old Barn Rd. (Main Street behind House of Books), Kent, CT, 860-927-3808, www.blacksheepyarnsct.com/, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11:30-5. Charming spacious shop for shopping and classes. Divine collections of yarn to choose from. Hear Nancy talk all about the fiber arts on her public radio spot podcast link through website.
Black Sheep Hill Farm, 1891 County Route 83, Pine Plains, NY 12567, 518-771-3069. www.blackksheephill.com. Raising Heritage breed Black Welsh Mountain sheep- sheepskins, wool available. Charming shop in old RR building moved to site selling vegetables, eggs, meats as available. Open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm each day.
Buckwheat Bridge Angoras, 111 Kozlowski Road, Elizaville (Columbia County), 518-320-5066, www.bwbagoats.com, Saturday 10-6:00, Sunday 12-4:00. The babies are here! Lambs and goat kids are on this completely eco-friendly woolen mill and fiber farm run totally on wind and solar power. Raising cormo sheep and angora goats and selling sheepskins, roving for spinning, full fleeces, their own wool dyed and processed on the farm. Don’t miss their ‘must have’ mohair socks which indescribably caress the feet.
Clay Wood & Cotton, 133 Main St., Beacon, NY. 845-481-0149. www.claywoodandcotton.com, Saturday and Sunday 11-6:30. Adorable shop selling lovely yarns and array of arts, crafts, stationery and handmade jewelry.
Cornwall Yarn Shop, Ltd., 227 Main St., Cornwall, NY 12518, 845-534-0383, www.cornwallyarnshop.com, Saturday 11-3, Sunday – morning only (call to confirm). Delightful shop in historic Cornwall on the Hudson featuring everything for knit, crochet, weaving and sewers. Full schedule of classes for those who want to learn something new. Always a pleasant place to be.
Countrywool, 59 Spring Road, Hudson (Columbia County), 518-828-4554, www.countrywool.com, Sunday 10-3. Leave the world outside and travel down an unpaved country lane to discover this most delightful yarn shop powered by the SUN. Claudia gives workshops in knitting and spinning and features knitting retreats. Check website for the newsletter and calendar. She features a complete line of wonderful yarns, a wall of patterns and knitting and spinning needs, spinning wheels and bunny fleece from her angora rabbits.
Hudson Valley Sheep & Wool Co., 190 Yantz Road, Red Hook (Dutchess County), 845-758-3130, www.hudsonvalleysheepandwoolco.com, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 12-4. Super Sale for Yarn Crawlers! 20 % off everything in the shop (Except books). Come see a working woolen mill and sheep farm raising shetlands and icelandic sheep. The shop features their own yarns, felting needs and felt, drop spindles, and plenty of commercial yarns, books and patterns.
Midnight Merinos Wool Loft, 23 East Market Street, Red Hook (Dutchess County), 845-702-4770, www.travermidnightmerinos.com, Saturday 10-6:00, Sunday 12-4:00. Find this interesting shop upstairs in an old time movie theatre turned antique’s mall. Always eclectic surprises as well as their own wool and yarns.
Nancy’s Spinning Fancies, 321 Main St. (behind Canterbury Inn), Cornwall, NY, 845-534-8355, www.3crazyfriends.com, Call for hours. Charming little spinning shop located in Cornwall. Spinning wheels and needs, felting and an array of country gifts. Open Saturday 11-3.
Out Of The Loop, 2593 Rt 52 Taconic Plaza, Hopewell Junction (Dutchess County), 845-223-8355, www.outoftheloopyarnshop.com Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4. Gorgeous yarns and great classes to help you put them together at this well stocked shop. Everything for the savvy knitter.
The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea Shop, 50 Market Street, Saugerties (Ulster County), 845-246-2876, www.yarnandteashop.com, For Early Birds Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-4. You’ll find beautiful yarns, needles, notions, tea products, and lots of inspiration in this warm and friendly shop located in the village of Saugerties. We welcome our customers with a tea sampling everyday. For the yarn crawlers we will have some extra goodies, door prizes, and Mariepaule will be visiting us to spin from her French angora rabbits. Stop by for your perfect blend of yarn and/or tea!
Pinewoods Farm Wool Shop, 71 Phillips Road, Saugerties (Ulster County), 845-246-2203, www.pinewoodsfarmwoolshop.com, Saturday 10-6:00, Sunday 12-4:00. Find this fairytale shop and you will return often. Solace and charm surround the cottage store which features knitting, weaving, spinning and rug hooking needs, classes and knit and spin meet ups.
Sheepy Valley Farms, 191 County Road 360, Medusa (Greene County), NY, 518-239-6238 www.sheepyvalley.com. Saturday 11-3, Sunday 11-3. A delightful trip to the Catskills and you’ll find this family farm with lots of sheep to see. They have yarns and wool batting, wool filled comforters, their own honey and beeswax products, awesome patterns and a load of country charm. Visit at NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Oct 19 & 20, Bldg 31, Booth 28.
Spruce Ridge Farm, 434 County Route 13, Old Chatham (Columbia County), 518-794-6294, www.spruceridgefarm.com, email@example.com, Saturday 10-4:00, Sunday 10-4:00. Okay-this is a must visit farm. The drive is lovely and the farm is gorgeous. Beautiful Alpacas in a bucolic setting. Lots of other farm animals to see. Shop sells a lovely array of alpaca wool and apparel. The best Alpaca teddies for cuddling!
The Knitting Garage at STICKLES, 13 East Market Street, Rhinebeck (Dutchess County), 845-876-3206, www.alstickle.com, Saturday 10-6:00, Sunday 12-4:00 The fun is getting to the Garage! You need to walk through the old time 5 & 10 cents type store to the garage in back. You won’t believe the things you’ll find that you never knew you couldn’t live without. The yarns in the shop are just lovely and abundant. They leave out sample yarn started on needles to try-what fun! Right in downtown Rhinebeck.
The Warm Ewe, 31 Main Street, Chatham (Columbia County), 518-392-2929, www.warmewe.com, Saturday 10-5:00, Sunday 10-4:00. Charming storefront shop right in downtown Chatham. Fully stocked with yarns, patterns and must needs for fiber artists. My favorite for buttons and beads!
White Barn Farm Sheep and Wool, 815 Albany Post Road, New Paltz (Ulster County), 914-456-6040, www.whitebarnsheepandwool.com, Saturday 10–6, Sunday 12-5. Charming farm with Cormo sheep and their wool. The Lambs are coming! Freshly sheared Cormo and California Red fleeces available as well as a bunch of yarn crawl specials. A full array of yarns and supplies, great classes and a don’t-want-to-leave-this-place atmosphere makes the trip worthwhile.
AND for those who want to VIRTUAL CRAWL check out our local online shops:
The Roving Shop for Spinners at Separate Road Farm, Amenia, NY; www.separateroadfarm.com. Fine wool roving grown on Dutchess County Farm. BFL, Cormo, Romney, Border Leicester. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit me, Arlene Pettersson, at The Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Festival, Clermont Historic Site, Clermont,NY on April 20, 11-4pm. 914 474 7937.
Into the Whirled, Ulster County, NY; www.intothewhirled.com. Exquisitely and artistically dyed roving, batts, yarns. Colors so delicious you can eat them! You can see them in person at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 4 & 5, Booth Location Main Bldg-B16 and NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Oct 19 & 20, Rhinebeck, Bldg C, Booth C38, 39.