Spent the last two days at JC Hills Tree Farm for the PA Christmas Tree Growers Conference! It was a beautiful farm, with learning opportunities, and networking! Looking forward to continuing to grow and improve our Christmas Tree farm over the next few years! It is going to be an interesting year with the national tree shortage, so please hang in there with all your local growers and continue supporting the live tree growers!
Garden harvest from last evening! Also... some exciting news! We officially have honey from our bees!! This has been a long time in the making, but they say practice makes perfect right! Haha! If you're interested in supporting local and giving it a try, send us a message! It will also be available on our website soon! In the meantime, we'll be over here indulging in some peaches with fresh honey... it's a thing these days!
I was just trying to capture a neat picture of my brother, Tyler, and his farm equipment while he was making hay, but someone had the great idea of photo bombing my picture! Silly dog!
We process a lot of longwool fibers in our mill, but a beautiful, clean, strong, and long Leicester fleece is something to be excited about. The end result is stunning! Leicester Longwool is meant to be just that... long! It should have a longer staple length to a fleece to provide durability, giving your end product strength to stand the test of time. It also has a beautiful luster that makes its yarn just shine! It's not quite as soft up against the skin as some wool fibers, but that's the point. These sheep are raised to create strong, bold, and warm products! Unfortunately, there are not a lot of these beautiful animals and they are on the Livestock Conservation list. If you would like more information about this beautiful breed, make sure to visit the breed website:
This was a fun project we had the opportunity to be a part of! It was a potluck where multiple individuals sent in their fiber and we blended it into one big potluck batch! There were various fiber types of numerous colors all blended together to make this scrumptious heathered yarn! Each participant received their % of the final product back based on initial contribution to the pot! I wish we would have taken a before picture because it's always fun to see how the fibers sent in blend together!
What a “Bee”utiful day today to collect some honey!
This Alpaca/Tencel yarn reminds me of where the sky touches the sea! It was a personal favorite that went through the mill this week!
Bucky the goat made some beautiful ice gray worsted weight yarn! It's soon on its way back to its owner along with yarn made from fleeces of Bucky's barnyard friends!
Happy 4th of July from our family and farm to yours! May your day bee full of fun, family, and friendship and remember to bee safe today!
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