Diversity and success at raw milk micro dairy

CN-MR-3-WOTTON-FARM_02221by Tamara Scully

At Wotton Farm, in Ossipee, NH farmers Joel and Kathey Wotton operate a raw milk micro dairy. They milk twice each day, bottling the raw milk and separating the cream to make butter, aged cheeses and yogurt. These products are sold directly to the consumer, either from their farm stand, or at the farmers’ market. “I usually make cheese one or two times per week, butter one or two times per week and yogurt once per week. Then we have a market one day a week,” Kathey Wotton said, “we also make time to help customers, so when a customer arrives we go out to the farm stand.” [Read more…]

Lead Line rivals Paris

CN-MR-3-LEAD-LINES-21961by Laura Rodley

Haute couture in Paris has met its match and more at the 41st annual Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair, as women and children and a few young men, dressed in their woolen finery, lead their sheep during the Lead Line competition. [Read more…]

The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Show

CN-MR-3-Loobyfleece31by George Looby

The last Saturday in April has long been the date for the Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Show and so it was again this year. The show was held on the grounds of the Tolland Agricultural Center located in Vernon, CT on April 25 on a near perfect spring day. [Read more…]

Pretty pasture thieves

CEW-MR-1-Buttercups54881by Sally Colby

The sight of horses standing in a field of bright yellow buttercups is attractive, but buttercups in a horse pasture aren’t good. The presence of buttercups, especially an overabundance, signals the need for more proactive pasture management. [Read more…]

Lipton brothers continue a family tradition

CN-MR-2-LIPTON-BROTHERS-DSC069381by Sally Colby

Louis and Jake Lipton may be young, but they certainly don’t lack experience. The brothers are producing a variety of crops on Pleasant View Farms in Somers, CT – a farm that’s been in the family since 1918. [Read more…]