Its nearing the end of January and I dont know where the month went. We have submitted our seed order to FEDCO and Johnny seeds and are planning to create more garden space this spring. I got really excited when ordering the seeds (wow seed ordering exciting? Never would have imagine huh?) thinking of planting in the warm sun with the family around us. Usually the boys are throwing clumps of dirt at each other and having fun. Maybe one day they will help, but I dont think so.
Recently we sent our application into the state of Maine to be a certified mobile vendor, which means we will be able to sell our pork and lamb by the package as well as by a whole or a half. In working the Farmers Market many many people have asked us when will the lamb be in season. We expect around 20-30 lambs born in March and April and will be selling 10 lambs after 8 weeks from birth. November 2010 we will have lamb. Recently we had one processed and we gave a leg O Lamb to a friend who had a dinner party at her house and I quote her "The lamb was absolutely wonderful! I used your recipe but cooked it in a roasting bag....it was tender and juicy! A huge hit! We had your hot pepper jelly with it, parsley and parmesan potatoes, and peas and pearl onions in a sweet butter sauce. WOW! =)" The leg was around 5.5 LBS. This comment warms my soul.
Its getting closer and closer to start tappin trees for maple syrup, hopefully I will have more this year as we sold out last year in a hurry. Only 2 more months till the spring equinox (March 20 I believe). Until then I am subconsciously counting down the days, but unlike previous year, Im in no hurry for winter to end. I have been spending two days a week skiing with my kids at local mountains. I cant believe I went all those years without skiing. Takes you mind off things and good exercise. Its double the fun when you go with your kids. This is one of the reasons we decided to far so we would have time to spend it with our kids doing activities like this. If we had lived in Portland still, we would have never skied.