Tried raw milk for the first time. Still warm, fresh out of the cow. Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous. All the things you hear about pasteurization and why it’s necessary - this is the context that I grew up with. It’s nothing short of brainwashing, even if it is benevolent and well intended. Because we are so far removed from the process of producing food, even the best of intentions can lead us down the wrong path if they are misinformed.
Pasteurization is a “necessary” process to make milk safe. The truth is, that is the case most of the time. It is necessitated by the way we produce milk en masse - industrially, short-sightedly, and without much thought for anything other than volume and profit, animal welfare and sanitation be damned.
The other truth is, it props up a system of producing milk in a terrible way that also results in a severely inferior product. Healthy cows eating what they’re meant to eat, roaming pastures the way they’re meant to roam, these cows produce milk that can be safely consumed when properly harvested and handled. And it is WAY better for you, and tastier too. Yet, it is largely illegal to buy. One day, I hope, we’ll all wake up to the absurdity of these food regulations that exist under the guise of protecting the masses but in practice serve to hinder small producers from being able to compete. Bless the intrepid farmers like Emily and Molly at @pt.ranch who find ways to overcome these obstacles and serve their communities.
Oh, and the milk was delicious and sweet. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed warm milk until now. And, maybe it was the adrenaline from my conditioned fear of the raw milk I was about to drink, but it gave me a surge of energy. Raw milk, the new energy drink? 🤔
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A cold but gorgeous day at the Roosevelt Estate in Cove Neck located on the “Gold Coast” of Long Island! The front door is teak with all original hardware...it’s an amazing place, completely restored, frozen in time. Teddy Roosevelt designed the shingle-style Queen Anne home built on 155 acres and as a completely sustainable, working farm! The house was extremely modern with one indoor shower room and a separate bath. Sweet! Hot & cold running water supplied by a wind turbine pumped water through the kitchen which was on duty 24/7. The other amenity specific to the estate was a large icebox kept filled with fresh oysters 🦪 meat & pies 🥧 made from the estate’s apple orchards. Roosevelt was the first to believe that the office of the President operated 365 days a year, thus “Sagamore Hill” became known as “the Summer White House.” Carved above the north door are the words: “Qui plantavit curabit" (He who planted will preserve) the Roosevelt Family motto which speaks to the beliefs that he then extended to the country w his efforts to preserve American land. and native species of flora & fauna. Sagamore means “chieftain” in Algonquin. The Sagamore of the tribe met regularly with Roosevelt along with many other heads of state and intellectuals of post Civil War America. I didn’t know any of this but was please surprised as my family has Algonquin heritage! •
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Three years ago my little farmers were SO tiny!
As I look back on this picture it’s so easy to remember how much “harder” farming was with these two tiny humans. They wanted to “help” with EVERYTHING.
But, everywhere we could, we let them. We let them try and fail, time and time again.
And now...three years later....we have two extremely capable kids on our farm.
I’m gonna say that was definitely worth it.
Welcome our two new resident barn cats. They came from the Lollipop Farm working cats program. One is spayed (Peach) and the other is neutered (Max). They are acclimating to their new environment before they choose their spot in the barn. They will then join the other animals in the barn and work to keep the field mice chipmunks and the other critters under control. These are cats that we’re brought in to Lollipop already living outside and not well cared for. They are not house cats. They will love living here and we will care for them and spoil them as much as they allow! Welcome home to the farm Max and Peach! #workingcat#historicbarn#workingfarm#angus#angus#farmlife#sustainableliving#nyfarm
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This is the face of a very happy, good boy.
During the off season Zac doesn’t herd nearly as much and it definitely makes him sad. We try to counteract it with more running and outdoor adventures but it’s just not the same as getting to do what your DNA tells you you love to do.
But since we are getting back into the swing of things Zac is also shaking off the dust and getting to do the work his mind and body craves.
Which I totally get.
Because I feel the same way.
The off season is always a welcome break, but, there’s something really special about coming back from vacation to a job you love. Farming as an occupation is one the hardest jobs I’ve ever had, but shoot, getting to do what I’m passionate about and make a living, getting to use my body in a way that is so intentional and purposeful, and getting to be outside, yes, even when it’s pouring rain, are all things that the girl who worked in a cubicle for 10 years dreamed about.
So I guess you could say Zac and I are feeling a lot the same.
Pretty dang content.
“Shannon and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on Monday. We were lucky to find time to look back on all our sweet memories together. We invite EVERYONE to celebrate with us. Raise a glass of our newest addition, deeply rooted in our generations-old tradition---to love and to family.” -Sarah Showalter
Our Sparkling (non-alcoholic) Apple Cider will be available starting TODAY, in the @oldhillcider tasting room! #sparklingcider#tradition#workingfarm
Wigwam Lodges ready for their first guests arriving today😍
We can’t wait to welcome everyone this weekend and over half term! NEW wigwam lodges.... 😴Sleep 6 🚿En-suite bathroom 🍴Fully equipped kitchen 🐾Dog friendly 🛁Outdoor private hot tub
Don’t forget to tag us in your photos/posts whilst you are visiting! We love to see them!
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I’ve been a little quiet on here with a very poorly pooch and poorly boys it’s been a hetic couple of weeks! 💙
But with the the start of a fresh new week in sight, brighter days are starting to come and I’m awaiting delivery to be able to offer a new CACI treatment in the spring 🌱
Things are looking exciting!
More excitement yesturday with the arrival of the first bird taking advantage of the new bird feeders I’ve put on the salon windows... even better it was my favourite bird a nuthatch! 💙
Still a few appointments left for next week... take advantage of some of the offers we have available through Feb and treat yourself whilst relaxing in the countryside enjoying the peace and quiet #countrysalon#countryside#wildbirds#wildlife#relax#pedicurechair#thehiddensalon#workingfarm#pedicure#beauty#treatments#caci
Don’t forget to check the voltage on your fence this February!! 💥
Here’s some top tips….
1. First check the voltage on your energiser, then go to the end of your fence and check the voltage here with the Digital Volt Meter or a Fault Finder. - Is the difference to the voltage of the energiser more than 1500V? ( e.g. energiser was 6000V and the fence is 4000V? That is more than 1500V) ➡️ Go back to your energiser and check your earthing ➡️ fix accordingly. - Is the difference to the voltage of the energiser less than 1500V (e.g. energiser was 6000V and the fence is 5500V? that is less than 1500V) ➡️ Your energiser and your earthing are both ok. ➡️You're good to go!
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It’s almost here!! Just 2 more sleeps till we open the gates for Lamb Week.
We’ve all been so busy getting ready we won’t need to count sheep to drop off tonight 🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑 Book your tickets now to guarantee lamb feeding experience as part of your visit!
Did you know we offer a big discount after 3.30pm and there’s still loads of fun things to do!!
Bottle Feed the Lambs
Visit the ewes in the lambing shed and possibly see a birth!