Mark and I were away for a few days this week, speaking at Cornell and Ithaca College. On the way home, we squeezed in a pair of farm visits with some old friends. First, Northland Sheep Dairy, where Donn Hughes and Maryrose Livingston milk a flock of sheep and make exquisite cheese. Actually, I think it might be more accurate to say that Maryrose milks sheep and makes cheese. To Donn, I think it’s all just an excuse to work his horses and mules. The newest addition to their farm, and one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, is a three month old mule named Leigh, out of Donn’s Suffolk mare, Connie, and their mammoth jack (donkey), Eddie.
Next stop was year-round diversified CSA Greyrock Farm in Cazenovia, owned by Essex Farm alumnus Matt Volz, and run with our friends and former employees, Tim Biello and Sam Ehrenfeld, plus a host of other savage and lovely farmers. We found Sam’s girlfriend Brooke in the barn, milking the herd of mostly Brown Swiss cows, which includes Minnie, the girl Matt bought with donations from Essex Farm Note readers after his very first cow died an untimely death. Sam was in the butcher shop, as usual, turning pork into art… (Continue reading Kristin Kimball’s Essex Farm Note)