Friday, December 18, 2015

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Just a reminder, the farm is closed from December 18 through December 27, as we are taking a winter siesta, and a little break for ourselves for family time!

See you soon!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Awesome new lamb recipe

I found some old lamb stew meat hiding in the back of our freezer. It was from 2011! (This is a testament to how well Arapahoe packages our meat, 4 years in the freezer and no freezer burn! Meat tasted awesome.)

Anyhow, I am a big fan of crock pot cooking these days, especially when the weather is cold. I love putting food together when I have time, and having it warm and ready when the family is hungry.  I also had some veggies I wanted to use up before they went bad, including potatoes and carrots.

I will say, when I opened the freezer, in the middle of making this, I did not have peas, but did have corn I prepped this summer, so I swapped the peas with corn. I will probably use both next time!

Anyhow - this was a last minute recipe I found in an attempt to use this stew meat in the crock pot.

Could NOT believe how much the family loved this! YAY!

Here's a link, and we also added this to our recipes page!

Rustic Lamb Stew

I figured I would include a random picture.... And as a weird segue way, here is a picture of Peppermint Patty and her lambs, Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake.  Totally unrelated to the above, Pumpkin Cake (on the right) got caught under a piece of the hay feeder one day. We weren't sure how long she was caught, but it was a cold day, so we brought her inside to warm up. In the process of being trapped and well as being inside, she broke her bond with her mama. She's trying to sneak milk off her as well as other mamas, but we have had to intervene and bottle feed her. She's taking the bottle well now, but the cows are hoping for a piece of the action, as they have been weaned for a few weeks now. She's going to do fine, but in the meantime, big brother is growing fast, as he has access to 2 lambs' worth of milk from mama, while sister is getting hers from a bottle.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Post-Thanksgiving Thank You!

This is a little belated, but truthfully, still trying to recover from turkey processing weekend. We did have a lot of volunteers, but today's shout it is specifically to our bestest friends at WiMo Farms!
They are a farm about a mile from us the way the crow flies. They run a raw milk dairy, raise lamb, duck, chicken and turkey as well. We complement each other (all my ice cream comes from their raw milk!). We share resources. And Turkey Weekend is one when we all come together to get stuff done for both farms!
Larry and Mo bagging up a turkey

Turkey Processing volunteers getting stuff done!!

Mo and Kristin trying to stay organized. Look at all those labels!

This is the whole Long Shadow and WiMo crew - minus baby Declan who was with grandma.

This is my big thank you and shout out to WiMo for our friendship, our partnership and all our collaborations we have together throughout the year. Funny... I met Mo from a Freecycle post giving away white boards, and it turned into this great friendship!