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Fall 2017



Fall is in full swing here at Vermont Shepherd. As the weather changes and we begin to feel the chill of the winter yet to come, so too comes a change of pace for farmer, animal, and field alike. The sheep produce less as the summer wanes and milking goes down to once a day instead of twice. We are putting by the summer bounty from our garden, working the land to plant garlic, and spreading rich, nourishing compost in the fields that keeps our grasses lush throughout the year. Some constants remain, like turning the Verano and Invierno in our cave, aging them to perfection, and making cheese a few days a week.

UPDATES: Vermont Shepherd will be participating in the Putney Winter Farmers’ markets! Be sure and go and see Becca and Sarah at least once, they will be happy to go through a formal cheese tasting with you and offer wine and food pairing advice! Becca started working at the farm in 2007, but she and Sarah just returned from living in Northern California where they farmed and did quite a bit of chef work. Their food knowledge will not disappoint! Markets are Sundays, November 19th through December 17th, from 11-2pm at Green Mountain Orchard.

We now have our Instagram up and running! To see what's new at the farm, or just to see cute pictures of the animals, follow us @vermontshepherd (www.instagram.com/vermontshepherd)

Thank you all for your continued support! Our cheese and other product is always available in our self-service farm store located on the property. This is how locals get our cheese regularly! It’s a great way to get the full experience, and we encourage you to come stop by and enjoy the country if you are in the area. If you are not in the area, or you would prefer, you can also order our cheese anytime in our online store.

Verano is back

Our 2016 Verano is back in season.  Its been a pretty dry summer, though the pastures have remained beautiful.  Right now they are full of white Queen Annes Lace and yellow Saint Johns Wort.  We have made about 60 batches of Verano since April and the first few batches are now ready, sweet, fragrant and [...]

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Border Collie Pups

Our border collie, Cookie, just had 6 puppies with Gile, Steve Wetmore's border collie in Strafford.  Boys and girls, all have little white tips on their tails and otherwise are various mixes of black and white with a little bit of brown.  Both mom and dad are excellent herders.  They will be ready to go [...]

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Holiday 2015

As I write on December 5, the sheep are still grazing the leftover grass on the hills and valleys surrounding the farm. Most years I find that the grazing season ends when the snow falls too deep for the sheep to graze through, and this is usually around December 10.  This year is mild, so [...]

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Fall 2015

The rams are in with the ewes now, so even though we are winding up this season, the seeds are set for next.  We made our last batch of Verano for the year a week or so ago, and we just stopped milking last Wednesday.   Coming up on Thanksgiving we are expecting a litter [...]

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Winter update

Check out You Tube for a cute video of our sheep coming off Putney Mountain in October, 2014. Jan 19, '15.  Preparations for Spring: Although the sub zero temperatures and yesterday’s ice storm has made the farm look and feel very wintery, we are beginning to think about Spring! The barns are all clean in [...]

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