We are a small family farm in west central Ohio providing to our local community: fresh veggies, sustainably grown grain crops, local wool fleeces and yarn, eggs, honey, and maple syrup.
Wow 2018 flew by. All in all it was a pretty good year. The second year of our CSA went well as we maintained our small number of 15 shareholders. As always we figured out a few things and a few others flopped, making it all balance out. In 2019 we will be trying out a ‘farm store’ instead of a traditional CSA, in order to allow our customers some choice and flexibility in their produce. The market will be open Thursday and Fridays 10am - 6pm and Saturdays 1-4 pm. Though we will try to be present during those hours there will be a self serve system in place if we happen to be busy in the garden when you stop by. This market should be open by mid May.
The field crops also had their ups and downs. We finally had a good harvest of our organically grown corn, woohooo! Though, with damp fields all year, we had some problems with weeds in our soybeans making it ultimately impossible to combine. You win some and lose some I suppose. We are currently busy filling out our organic systems plan and hope to have all the farm certified this season!!!
We continue to raise fiber animals, Romeldale/California Variegated Mutant (CVM) sheep and pygora goats and received our first batch of mill spun yarn from our flock! We were fortunate enough to have had five beautiful lambs in the spring of 2018, 2 ewes and 3 rams (2 ewes and 1 ram are still available). We did have one scare with Spot this year as she ruptured her Achilles and had to have surgery at Ohio State University. Thankfully she has recovered after months in a cast and many more months confined to the barn with minimal mobility. She will more than likely be added to our list of sheep kept on the farm solely for wool production.
2019 will be the unintended year of the goat. Jet, the buck, somehow scaled numerous fences and ended up in the girls pasture so we are guessing that all four are probably bred. Please contact us if you would like to be on the waitlist for 2019 kids or check out our For Sale page.
We do still have a growing flock of laying hens, a handful of ducks, are up to 6 bee hives, and have acquired a few more pets throughout the year as well. Please meet Grippo and Winni (brother and sister adopted from another farm), Animal (whom was found in the woods at the farm), and Griswold.
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We grow a small, rotating crop of field corn, wheat, soybeans and black beans (and hope to diversify more soon). We also have a couple alfalfa fields and a grass/clover hay field for our animals. We continue to try to perfect the art of rolling rye as a weed mat before no till planting. Though we will also be cultivating a few fields this year that in which we were unable to plant rye.
Ready to enjoy fresh, local vegetables every week from Mid May thru October? Join us at the Sidney Farmers Market or join our CSA!