Things are always changing, and even though it is difficult, it eventually gets better. After many conversations and lots of hard moments Ashlyn and I have decided that it would be better in the long run if we ended our romantic relationship together. This process is being carried out with lots of love and compassion, and to the close friends we have talked to about this we have already received a great deal of support and reassurances. In addition to this decision, making room for Jesse and Caitlin to start their new family is a high priority, meaning Ashlyn and I need to find new residencies so they can prepare the house for the "new farmer"! Ashlyn has found a home in Newfane where she will continue raising her wonderful goats (and coinciding goats milk), while I am exploring the various opportunities that I might be able to pursue. As of right now Wild Carrot Farm will not be selling raw milk any later than May 7th (when our insurance policy renews, if you are wondering about the strangely specific date), and a drop in production or cessation of raw milk may happen sooner depending on the different factors in my life as I manage the cow "situation". If the right land base and infrastructure can be found in the Brattleboro area I am hoping to expand and continue the raw milk business to make it more reliable, sustainable, and fulfilling for all parties involved. If the stars do not align, I will need to find a new home and direction, most likely outside of Windham county and possibly Vermont. Jesse and Caitlin will continue to provide wonderful vegetables, lamb, and horse-powered goodness, and I urge you to keep swinging by the farm stand (even if you are not a CSA member!) to experience all of the great products here. Stay tuned in the coming weeks and months if you are still interested in raw milk... who knows what will happen!
Thank you for all of the support you have given Wild Carrot in its first year in Brattlboro, and may many more years find you at it, enjoying the fruits of this beautiful property.
SNAP is here! After many years of cobbling together a system to accept food stamps and EBT benefits we have finally been approved for our very own machine! You can now (officially) use your food stamp card to buy CSA shares, retail produce, meat and eggs.
There may be 6 inches of snow on the ground still, but spring comes in many forms. Like 13 lambs born to 8 ewes, a twinning record for us this year! And after a long winter our manure shed runeth over, a good sign of spring just around the corner. Our newest addition to the equipment family, our fancy new (used) spreader waiting to feed the hungry grass we just know is under there somewhere. And maybe the most hopeful thing of all, over 100 trays of seedlings now poking their little heads out of the soil in our greenhouse (no pictures!), trusting that there will be warm soil to stretch their roots into in less than a month. It's coming, you just have to look in the right places!