Summer is here!

Our warm spring has moved us into the beginning of Summer rather quickly. Soon it will be time to gather honey and bale hay. Seasonal chores on the farm keep us on our toes. The beekeeper has caught several swarms of bees this spring which helps expand the number of hives. Those new hives will probably not have enough honey to collect until next year. Meanwhile, the beekeeper is ready to rob the established hives and collect the honey for this year. Hooray!

Our ewes have recovered from lambing. They are putting on weight and look lovely. Summer is a time for rest for the girls.

We hope everyone takes time to remember those soldiers who served our country and those who died for our freedoms. We often take those gifts for granted. Please do not squander what they gave their lives to protect.

Spring is Here!

Spring on the farm is always busy. Our lambing is finished. We have proven ewes and rams for sale when you want to develop your own flock of wool breed sheep or just have a spinner flock. Finnsheep, Cormo/Finn crosses and a few Icelandics make up our flock. Beautiful wool and great mothering are at the top of our list when choosing our sheep.

The garden is resting until the farmer has time to get it planted for the summer. Our fields are also resting. We keep the sheep off the fields for a time in the fall and the spring to let the fields rest.

Our next Spin/Knit/Crochet In, Craft day will be on April 20th from 10 til 3 in the Red Barn Studio. We relax, share ideas, work on our projects and revive. You are welcome to join us.

Wishing everyone a lovely Spring! Take time to enjoy God’s beautiful world.

June has flown into July….HaHa!

Not sure where the month went. We have been busy with the garden, animals, chickens. The farmer’s garden is his baby and has taken over his days. The sweet sheep are growing that beautiful wool. We took most of our wool to Shepherd’s Gate Fiber Mill in Youngsville, N.C. for processing. Hooray! Cannot wait to see the gorgeous yarn they make. We will show it as soon as it is finished.

Canning, drying and freezing our vegetables has been a priority. Preserving the bounty God has sent us is high on the list right now. We are grateful for all He has given us. The rain has helped us have early vegetables this year.

Robbing the bees is the farmer’s next project. Honey is such a glorious gift.

So much is happening in the world. We wish everyone a peaceful and happy summertime.

Wow May is here!

Springtime is a busy time on the farm. Planting the garden, preparing to bale hay, hatching chicks in the incubator, robbing bees for honey, taking special care of the lambs as they grow and trying to take time to enjoy the blooms that the springtime brings all are part of the season. We still have our Knit/Spin/Crochet In Craft day on the third Saturday of each month. May 20th is the Fiber day this month, from 10 til 3 at the Red Barn Studio on our farm. We are excited to see what everyone is creating with their fiber. See you then!

April Farm Happenings

Hoping you had a happy Passover and Easter ( a little late on that, sorry). April has many happy events taking place.

Lambing finished last month. The sheep are sheared, cleaned, have had their pedicures and their vaccines for the year. We have weaned most of the moms and lambs from the early deliveries. As always it is a busy time in the Spring of the year.

The farmer has been working in the garden planting for this year, repairing fences and buildings.

We are recovered from Carolina FiberFest, which was great. The planning for next years’ event is underway.

Our website will be updated this week so if you have not seen our new rovings or yarns check it out.

Join the fiberlicious fun at our Spin/Knit/Crochet/Craft time on Saturday April 15th from 10 til 3 at the Red Barn Studio. Show off your creations and share fiber love with others at our monthly event.

March Events

Carolina FiberFest was a fabulous event. Thanks to everyone who came to shop, volunteers, vendors, guilds, speakers. You all made CFF wonderful!

Our Knit/Spin/Crochet In craft day at the Red Barn Studio on our farm is this Saturday the 18th from 10 til 3. Come relax and enjoy with other fiber lovers. See you then.

The wild weather has been an interesting start to March. We noticed that the apple trees did not believe it was quite time to bud but the peach and apricot trees went for it and were in full bloom. The bees also have not swarmed yet. The lambs are growing. It is almost time for weaning. Spring is such an exciting time. Wishing your Spring is wonderful as well.

Carolina FiberFest is here

Lambing is finished. Is is a good year for our sheep. We will have some of our beautiful sheep for sale if you are looking for a spinning flock or even a breeding flock. Make an appointment with us to visit and see for yourself.

Carolina FiberFest is the premier fiber event in Eastern North Carolina in its’ 17th year. CFF will be held at the Expo building on the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C. on March 10 and 11. It is free and open to the public from 9 am until 6 pm each day. There is so much happening: Workshops, Spinning competition, Fleece to fabric competition, Skein and garment competition, Fleece show and sale, Used equipment sale, Fiber demonstrations, Speakers, A free recycling class on making rugs from scratch, Vendors with every type of fiber and accessories and don’t forget to purchase your CFF t shirts, hats, aprons and hoodies. See you there! The website is www.carolinafiberfest.org for complete information.

February on the Farm

While winter may seem like a time of rest, the farm stays busy year round. Lambing has begun. Moms and lambs are getting acquainted. The fields are resting during lambing so the grass will be fresh for spring and summer. The farmer is busy planning his garden for this year. We use the sheep mulch on the garden for fertilizer so that will need spread on it soon.

Our Spring begins with Carolina FiberFest March 10 and 11 at the NC State fairgrounds in the Expo Building. The website has all the info for workshops, vendors, competitions, demos, speakers, fleece sale and used equipment sale. www.carolinafiberfest.org. Check it out and plan your fiber adventure. Join the fun and relax with other fiber lovers. See you there!

Happy New Year !

Welcome to the new year. It is almost time for lambing to begin. Our ladies are getting ready for this special time of the year. The lambing area of the barn is getting special attention right now so that the sheep and their lambs will have a comfortable, safe, space. Their first few days we keep watch to make sure mom is recovered from delivery and the lambs are accepted and are nursing well before putting them outside. It is an exciting time.

All this and Carolina FiberFest ,too! Our premier North Carolina event is March 10 and 11 at the NC State Fairgrounds in the Expo Building. Classes are open for sign up now. Check out the website for more details. There is so much happening this year. We are so excited. Join our Fiber Adventure! Free admission. www.carolinafiberfest.org.

How about our Heelside Farms website! Shopping made easy with beautiful wool products from our gorgeous sheep. Give your creations that special touch with Heelside Farms yarn and roving. Add warmth to your life with our wool socks. Carry it all in our new Heelside Farms Tote bags. Purchase one or get one free with a $100.00 order.

We wish everyone a wonderful, peaceful, enjoyable New Year!