Spring Fever Has Hit Shadow Brook Farm!
After the relative quiet of a long Nebraska winter, the past month has brought a rush of activity. The excitement has come mostly in the form of two hundred baby goats that have been keeping Charuth, Justin and Margo busy non-stop in the barn. Two hundred was a bit more than anyone was expecting, given that they came from just 80 does, but there were an unusual amount of twins and triplets this year! Here's hoping we see that same burst of fertility in the fields and yields of the upcoming growing season.
Kevin has got the first plantings in and our CSA members have lots of beautiful produce to look forward to. Weather willing, the first French breakfast radishes, baby hakurei turnips, bok choy and spinach of the season will be coming up by the second week of April, with carrots and beets soon to follow, in time for the start of market season.
Coming right in time to help with spring cleaning was the annual group of students from Creighton University on a three day Service, Justice and Sustainability trip. They were a huge help getting the farm ship-shape for the beginning of planting. They weeded the high tunnels, seeded the green houses, cleaned out the chicken coop and the packing shed, milked and fed the goats and kids. A big thank you to everyone from Creighton for all of your hard work!
The volunteer work groups we host provide an invaluable chance for people in our community to connect with the land, deepen their understanding of sustainable agriculture and be inspired by the transformative process of farming. If you are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities at Shadow Brook for your school or service group please get in touch.
In other very exciting news, Shadow Brook Farm's onsite Dutch Girl Creamery cheese plant is up and running! Charuth and Abigael have been transforming all of that rich Spring milk into fresh chèvre, Tomme, soft-ripened Robiola, Belle Sabine and our aged Spanish style Rosa Maria. The new space also provides an opportunity for us to expand our production. Abigael recently took our first batches of cheese down to Kansas City where the booming farm to table restaurant scene is looking like a great new market for Dutch Girl Creamery cheeses.
The Shadow Brook Farm Store will be open for CSA pick ups and cheese purchases starting in the second week of April, Saturdays from 1-4 pm. We'll keep you posted about expanded hours as the season progresses. This year be featuring pasteurized goat milk for sale in Lincoln and Omaha. In Lincoln you can buy and try Shadow Brook Farm Products at the following grocery stores and restaurants: Open Harvest, Whole Foods, Dish, Wilderness Ridge, Venue, Maggie's, Bread and Cup, Single Barrel, The Normandy and Sebastion's Table. In Omaha, look for us on the menus and in the cheese cases of Grey Plume, The Boiler Room, Le Bouillion, Pitch Coal Fired Pizzaria, Dante's, Happy Hollow Country Club, Whole Foods, Wohlners Grocery, French Bull Dog, Brix, V. Mertz and Tasty Pastry.