Hey, Friends! Here’s what’s happening on the farm this month!
Home From the Fair
We are just home from SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair)! The sheep did really well and we are super proud. Some highlights are:
We won 3rd in fleece off the sheep as well as many 3rd, 4th, 5th, and sixth places. It was a lot of fun to be with our sheep family and meet so many new friends. A few sheep came home with an upper respiratory bug, so our very own Vet Scott got to make a visit and treat everyone.
Jonathon and Charlotte were just here for shearing! 36 bags! We appreciate wholeheartedly all their hard work and talent!
Our Leicester Longwools have been put together for breeding season! Hopefully if all goes well we will have our first LLs born at the end of March.
We are taking a break this year from breeding the Shetlands but we did bring home a handsome Shetland ram for next year! His name is Frazier and he is a sweetheart, with very crimpy fleece.
We will have Satin Angora bunnies available soon so reach out if you’re interested in having a beautiful soft and shiny white bun bun.❤️
Save the Date(s)
Our farm will be out and about at several local events during November and December. Be sure to mark your calendars and come see us.
Hope to see you soon at one of our local events. Have a great November!🐏🐑🐰
Hi folks! Here's what's happening on the farm this month.
Headed to the Mill
We are super excited to be headed to the mill on the 19th to watch our yarn going through the mill. I'll be shooting a video and sharing it so you can see the whole process!
Upcoming Event - Stone Ashe Winery
We are excited to announce that we will be participating in our very first local artisan's day at Stone Ashe Winery on Thursday July 22nd! Come out between 11 am and 6 pm to shop in person with us! We will have roving, yarn, knitting and crochet needles (new items alert!), as well as raw fleece and other SourWood merch! Come see us - ages 21 and up only please). And if you can't make it out to shop in person, you can always shop at sourwoodfiberfarm.com!
July is the month when our lambs are weaned and ready for their new homes. We are excited to see babies go to their new homes.
The sourwood is in full bloom and our busy bees are making lots of honey!
Scott's tomatoes look amazing as well as the rest of the garden.
Scott saved a little wild Turkey from being run over (the fowl, not the bourbon😁). Both its eyes were crusty. Scott has been doctoring it and both eyes are now open. We will be releasing it back into the woods soon.
And that's what's happening this month!
We are starting a monthly blog of things that are happening on the farm for you guys so that you can get a glimpse of what the going-ons are. We hope you enjoy it. Here is our first!
We are currently enjoying watching the grass coming up from the seed, lime, and fertilizer we put down in April. We have found that perennial ryegrass does much better for us as we have trees in our pastures. We haven't had much rain, so you know what that means . . . moving water hoses and sprinklers! It allows us to get our steps in though.
We finished lambing season a few weeks ago and those babies are growing like crazy! It will be time to start the weaning process and getting them used to being haltered.
We will be picking up our last Leicester Longwool soon. She will be the last in our foundation herd. She's a beautiful English Blue.
We just brought two beehives to the farm. One of our hives did not make it over the winter last year and the other swarmed. They are currently bringing in a TON of pollen as we are having a crazy time with our allergies! Hopefully, we will have a nice sourwood bloom this year, and the ladies will be making that gorgeous, delicious honey!
Our rabbits are great. I'm very excited about the wool on them currently and may bring in a new Opal buck this month.
Our Great Pyrenees, Jake and Elwood, had fun at the vets and groomers! So proud of those boys.
The new laying hens are getting big! They should be laying soon, so we hope to be in better egg production. Also we are getting duck eggs here and there.
Scott has his garden in! We have peppers, beans, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, onions, garlic, and a bunch of fresh herbs, and of course, parsley for the rabbits.
Summer sparks the beginning of skirting fleeces for us. I hope to make a video so you can see the process from start to finish. Once those fleeces are cleaned and ready, we will take a field trip to our new mill next month. We’ll get to watch our wool enter and go through the mill. We will share a video of that too so you can see how our fiber is made into yarn and roving.
We added new yarn and roving to our store a few weeks ago and we'll add more roving over the upcoming weeks as well.
Spring is busy on the farm! If you have questions, reach out to us. Happy Summer!