The official opening of the farm stand is set for Saturday, August 1st from 10 AM-2PM! We will then be open every Saturday through the fall during those hours. We are excited to see some of Pleasant Valley's returning customers and meet some new ones! We will still be carrying fresh, organic produce and a limited amount of chicken and pork. I'll be introducing my fresh organic herbs and some sauces, including the blueberry-basil vinegar I prepared over the weekend. I also want to thank my mom, who came to visit over the weekend. She gladly helped us clean out the stand. Since it has not been used by the public in 3 years, it was full of stuff and dust! Mom's organizational skills really did wonders putting it in order and we'll have it ready to go in no time now!
The goats' "maternity ward" is getting even busier. On Saturday, Caramel, Mocha's twin sister, delivered her own set of twins, bringing the total number of kids born up to 9. Another first time mom, Caramel is doing well so far taking care of her babies. She is still in a pen in the barn, but we hope to let her out soon. The smaller twin, a female, was pretty weak at birth, but seems to be hungry and growing, but we want to give her the best start so we'll wait until she is a bit more steady on her feet before turning them out with the other babies. As for the rest of the kids, they're growing like weeds! Even the little triplet, who we were so afraid wouldn't make it, is happily bouncing about the pasture. All the babies have discovered that it is fun to climb up on a pile of firewood stacked between two trees in the pasture...it is really amazing to watch them do this, knowing they are less than a week old when they are able to use it as a jungle gym! Mocha has craeted her own schedule when it comes to her kids. Unless we keep her locked up inside, she jumps the gate and trots out to join the rest of the goats in the larger pasture. I thought she missed her twin, Caramel, but even with Caramel in the small barn, Mocha still escapes out to the fields. However, in a few hours she hops back in and calls for her babies. The twins spend the time she's gone either playing or napping and don't really seem to mind. As long as everyone is happy and healthy, I'm willing to let her keep this up.