Sorry for the lack of updates. Our farm and business have been busier than ever. There have been days that have started at 6am and ended at 8pm. When you add the overnights in the barn during kidding season, there hasn’t been much time to write on a blog!
This year we added four new Big Y locations, bringing our total to twelve. We are also added Wedge Works on Cottage Street in Easthampton, and will soon be adding a kiosk to Easthampton Feed. River Valley is now carrying a limited offering of our natural products. To date we are now in 17 retail locations!
We also added some new products. There is a new awesome hand lotion, with a recipe that I developed that is made of 35% goat milk. I have also developed a new liquid goat-milk soap. I recently received a customer feedback that said, “… using the liquid soap was like putting on lotion.” I also learned the art of making bath bombs and fizzies; they don’t contain any goat milk, but some are made in a sleeping-goat mould.
All of these new products meant that the current kiosk displays needed to be redesigned and replaced. Our past furniture maker was unavailable and I couldn’t find another that could make 15 kiosks at a reasonable price. So Joe bought me a table saw for Christmas, I did some reading on woodworking, watched some YouTube videos - and made the kiosks myself! They came out great and the stores are really happy with them.
In the midst of all of these changes, the farm continued on as usual. All four of the girls had kids this year. The two Sables, Gemma and Daenerys, both had two does. One of the Nubians, Thelma, was nine days overdue when she had one giant ten-pound boy. We named him Chaz because her labor made us miss a Cher concert. Our other Nubian, Lady Mary, missed her breeding twice; this is a huge miss each time because it involves a four-hour round trip to travel to the buck. On her third heat, Joe took her to a Saanen farm in Granby, and for the first time we crossbred our doe and she produced two beautiful white “snubians.” As usual, kidding season was made even busier with our goat yoga classes. Joe and I are so grateful for the participants, the Boylston Room, our teacher Audrey, and Valley View Farm. We are also thankful for our team of volunteers. A special shout-out to Annette and Dan who were there for almost every class, and to all of the Dakin and other volunteers; our teams of “pee-patrol” made the classes that much more enjoyable. This year we added our first children's class for those under 14, and it was fantastic! Audrey is an amazing yoga teacher and the kids had a blast! We had another tremendous season and we raised over twelve thousand dollars for our charities!
In the three years that we have run the Caprine Vinyasa Charity Series, we have raised over $30K for these charities! Thank you!
We also had another “goat kid day” at Easthampton Feed. The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to a locally run pet/feed store hidden away in the center of Easthampton. It was estimated that about 700 - 1,000 folks showed up to see and play with the kids over the four hours! Even with that many people, it was calm, quiet and a beautiful event with our neighbors in Easthampton.
Today, two of this year’s kids will head off to their forever home, and the others will soon follow. We are keeping two does from this season, one of Dani’s sables and Mary’s Snubian girl. Yes, this will increase our herd, but we are giving serious thought to retiring Thelma and Gemma. They have given us so much over the years, so now it’s time for them to just relax and chew their cud. We know that we don’t need a large herd; these four girls are giving us over six gallons of milk every day! To help reduce our workload, we have finally hired some part-time workers to help us with the farm and farmers’ markets. We are also looking into other resources to help us with the soaping business. This year has taught Joe and I that we just can’t (nor do we have to) do it all alone.
That's all for now. Time to get back out to the barn. Cheers! Stan
Sage Meadow Farm Goat Milk Soap is now available at Big Y World Class Markets! Look for our kiosk in Amherst, Enfield (CT), Fresh Acres (Springfield), Great Barrington, Greenfield, Lee, Ludlow, Northampton, Pittsfield, Southampton, South Hadley, Westfield.
Our products can also be found at : Wedge Works (Cottage Street Easthampton), Outlook Farms (Westhampton), River Valley Market (Northampton), Float (Easthampton), Hill Hardware (Burton , OH), and soon at Easthampton Feed (Easthampton).
We are also at Easthampton Farmer's Market and Northampton Tuesday Farmers Market - both ever other week.
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