All before 8 a.m.

On Sunday Wade and I moved our sheep to greener pastures…sounds kinda corny… but really, we did! We have separated our ewes into two groups. We moved one group closer to the barn (they will be lambing soon, and we all know the only reason I do this is to see all our lambs! Um…not really. But kinda…).

Anyway, we moved the other group to the back of the property with green grass (thank you rain!) while they wait to be bred. I should mention that to get to the ewes on the back of the property it is literally across the river and through the woods……and up multiple hills…and….you get the point. But once you get there this is the view our ewes have.

I’m pretty certain they have a better view than I do. And I am also pretty certain we have the most spoiled ewes ever.

So yesterday I fed the ewes by the barn then got in my handy dandy yellow ‘vintage’ (makes it sound cuter) golf cart, loaded it with some alfalfa, and Lucy and I headed over the hill and through the woods….

…and up the hills, and through some more woods

…and up the last hill and…

….my little yellow golf cart died.

Right there.

Opps. I may or may not have forgotten to charge my little yellow electric cart the last couple days. My bad.

So I had to carry the alfalfa down to the ewes. And walked up this hill a total of four times to get all the feed.

Now, this hill may not seem like much. But after my fourth venture up the slippery dew-covered hill, I was over it. I’m pretty sure Lucy was thrilled.

But the ewes got fed. Spoiled ladies.

And Lucy and I had a nice hike back down to the barn. And on the way down the last hill I took this photo.

It might just be the most beautiful photo ever. Not that I am biased or anything. But really, seeing this made me so thankful for what we do, where we live, and how we live our lives.

I am also thankful for that yellow golf cart my husband brought home for me….but now I have to figure out how to bring it back down the hill before he realizes it’s missing. And that I killed it….

And this all took place before 8 a.m.

Off to rescue the cart,

Alexis

Seven.

1. We had our first heavy frost of the season. Frozen pipes and all. And I love it, because that means fall is officially here.

Speaking of fall, we have two new fall inspired flavors: Pumpkin and Maple Pecan. If you have not tried them, DO IT. They’re really good.

2. Wade brought home a new toy. You see, I do the morning feedings (because Wade goes to an ‘off-farm’ job…someone has to support my dairy habit…) and walking out to our back pasture every morning was fine when it was 60ish degrees out. But now that it’s in the 20’s? Ya, not happening. So my husband brought this beauty home.

A ‘vintage’ electric golf cart. Do I care that it’s bright yellow? Nope. Do I care that one of the headlights is missing? Nope. Am I SO happy that my ride out to feed the ewes in the back pasture is less than 3 minutes? Yes!

Oh, and maybe I do care a little about the color. I’m thinking barn red would be nice.

3. I made this cake for my friend Maggie’s birthday yesterday. And I think it’s really cute. Oh, and don’t mind the dinosaurs…it’s a long story, but she loved it!

4. This past weekend we participated in the Garagiste Festival (Garagiste celebrates small lot winemakers and artisans). I was able to attend the sold out, fancy, dinner {I have awesome friends} which was a seven course meal…. a-mazing. Here was dessert: fresh lemon meringue, poppy-seed crumble, and extra virgin olive oil.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

It was good. Like, really good.

At the festival we paired our Organic Blackberry, Vanilla Bean and Rosemary ice cream with a local Petite Syrah. It was phenomenal.

5. It rained!!! I don’t know if you fully understand how happy this makes me. When it rains that means grass grows. Which means our sheep have feed. Which means our hay bill goes down. Which means I’m happy. So is our checkbook.

And who doesn’t like rain? There’s just something so romantic about it.

{on my way home right after the rain had cleared}

6.  And after the rain I gave Lucy a bath. She was less than thrilled.

Every time I look at this photo I giggle. I love that dog.

7. Oh, have you heard about our ice cream club? It’s like a wine club but with ice cream! Four shipments a year, each shipment includes six pints, and it’s only $52.00 a shipment. Exclusive flavors and discounts. And it makes a great gift. Oh, and if you can’t do pick-up, it’s only $15.00 to ship anywhere in California! What’s not to love? Go to our Shop Products page, download the form and email it back. First shipment goes out this week!

I snapped this photo at my friends winery last night. What does this have to do with ice cream? Or our farm for that matter? Not much. But it shows just how beautiful fall is.

Happy Monday everyone,

Alexis

365 Days Ago

365 days ago I had never made a single scoop of sheep milk ice cream IN MY LIFE.

365 days ago our flock was half the size it is today.

365 days ago we had half the dogs we do today (OK, not super relevant but TRUE!).

365 days ago our lives changed forever.

365 days ago my dream became a reality.

365 days ago the state dairy inspector signed a little piece of paper that made all the difference.

365 days ago Negranti Dairy & Artisan Creamery was legally licensed the 7th sheep dairy in California. And so it began.

I cannot believe we have been a legal operating dairy for only one year; some days it seems like forever ago, and the other days I feel like it was just last month we started this farm on a whim. We are already expanding across the state, shipping over to the East Coast, and reading our names in the New York Times. Like really? Pinch me.

And although we are growing fast, I’m proud to say we still are (and will always be) a small family farm. We continue to stand by our motto ‘teat to table‘. Yup we do everything from the  feeding, milking, and mucking out the barn to the ice cream making & shipping, graphics, and books. Wade has the additional task of keeping me sane during the crazy times.  Anyway,  I love our family farm. It’s crazy, it’s hard work, and sometimes (um…often times) I wonder what I got us into…but this whole dairy thing is more rewarding than I could ever imagine. And only look forward to what the future holds.

Where will we be 365 days from today? Where will our ice cream be? How many flavors will we produce? How many sheep will we have? On that note, how many lambs will we have?

On second thought, I don’t want to know….

Cheers to a great 365 days,

Alexis