Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday's Snow

Its snowing, but that's par for the course being its January in Upstate New York. We may moan and complain about how much more difficult it makes for getting chores done and animals properly cared for yet it never fails that when we feel at our lowest, we are reminded that we don't have things as bad as others.

Don't misunderstand, I know everyone goes through a time when you feel that nothing is working and you pity yourself, nothing fixes that more than seeing where you have blessings in your life no matter how small they may seem. A blessing is a blessing after all.

As the crew bemoans the snow, I like to see it as a thing of beauty and honestly I personally love what I deem as lazy snow. You know the big snow flakes that seem to effortlessly float to the ground yet its the type of snow that really isn't lazy as it accumulates rather fast.

Hopefully it sticks around, as I forsee a date with the husband going snowshoeing!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Egg laying Lamb?

Its been bitterly cold here in the northeast this last week. We've struggled with hoses and faucets freezing, taking more time to bundle ourselves up than actually working outside, and worrying about our beehives and whether they survive. We love our raw honey, to loose a hive would be devastating!

However in the bleakest moments little things can make all the difference. Like seeing our 3 week old beef calf decide that the cold is nothing to stop her from trying to eat silage with her mama. You cannot sneak through the barn now without disturbing our chickens who have decided that its warmers than their coop. Finding eggs in the lamb pen and telling a 3 year old her lamb lays eggs and the ensuing argument that it was a chicken no matter how hard you try to make her believe you.

Lesson continually learned is to look on the bright side. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems.

Shawn says GO PATRIOTS!
Happy Saturday all.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Potential CSA options

We have been brainstorming and are  thinking of adding a CSA or Community Share agriculture program to our products. This would give customers the chance to prepay for a weekly box of produce throughout our growing season. However we just dont grow produce here at Sunflower Hollow, so we are also thinking of adding monthly options to the CSA program like a share of meats, eggs, a turkey for thanksgiving, honey and maybe a maybe an herbal share that could include already made natural products like tinctures, salves and cleaning supplies.
With researching how  to set up  a CSA and give the most to our customers we are at the point where we would like an idea of the interest level.
please comment, share or contact us for information and let us know if you are interested in the first ever CSA available from Sunflower Hollow Farm.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hello 2015!

As a family owned and operated menagerie farm in Cortland, NY we are aiming to make 2015 our year of success  and prosperity here on the farm.
We have weathered many challenges from mother nature and competition. So here's an overview of what we are about.

As mentioned before we are a family owned farm located in the fingerlakes region of New York. We grow a wide range of organic produce as well as a wide range of antibiotic free, pastured livestock. Everything from chickens and turkeys to hogs and beef cattle. We also have a small milking herd of holstein and jersey cattle. Our new endeavors are into the world of herbs for both culinary purposes and  natural remedies.

SO please check us out on  Facebook and soon on Google+ for more updates and information!