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Goat Games on Open Farm Day!

posted Jul 20, 2021, 5:31 AM by Kelly Roopchand

Open Farm Day has never been this fun! Want to do more than look at animals in a pen? Join us and the goats as we go about our daily activities. Fun & learning are guaranteed!

Running of the Goats! 

Join us for one of our daily rituals, and learn what it’s like to a dairy farmer! Follow along with a big band of goats as we lead them between barn and pasture. Starts at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30, with farm tour afterwards.

11:30: Out to Pasture: help take our herd of 25 milking does from the barn to the pasture for their grassy lunch

1:30: Kids Play – Join a mob of this years’ kids as they run, prance, skip and jump on a trip to the back field. 

3:30: Milking Time – Help guide the milking does as they return from the pasture to the barn. 

Goat Genealogy: Make your own adventure!

Pick up one of our Herd Checklists, and have fun tracing some goat genealogy. Start with the adorable goat kids in the barn, and identify some of your favorites. Then match their number to their name, and learn who their parents are. Visit the buck pen to figure out who their Daddy is. Finally enjoy a stroll to the pasture palace in our back field, and see if you can find Mama grazing in the field. Maybe you’ll start to think like a farmer, and make some suggestions who we should breed next year…!

Market closed July 4th

posted Jul 4, 2021, 6:42 AM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated Jul 4, 2021, 6:43 AM ]

Happy
Independence Day! The Farmers Market will be closed today, so that we have a chance to celebrate with our family from near and far. It is much needed after a year of COVID separation... The cousins have grown so much, and are busy exploring the farm and meeting all the new furry friends. We hope you all have a wonderful day and look forward to sharing stories again next week, July 11.

Farm Trails & Goat Hikes starting June 20

posted Jun 17, 2021, 2:37 PM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated Jun 19, 2021, 5:32 AM ]

Looking for a fun new ramble over hill and dale, with some farm fresh food at the end? Come explore the new hiking trails, open to the public every Sunday from 11-3. The short trails (approximately 1 mile) wind through the farm fields (with detours to visit the goat herd!), over the brook, and through the forest. The view from the back hills provides a lovely panorama of the historic farm and the surrounding watershed, soon to be permanently conserved! Want to explore on your own? Pick up a map at the Info Booth, and follow the mown paths through the fields, and the orange goat signs into the woods. Need company? Our goats are sure to make you smile as they frolic through the fields! Guided goat walks are offered every hour, on the half hour - starting at 11:30 - leaving from the farmers market. Reservations are recommended, as space is limited. Email us at info@pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com, or call (207) 549-3096.

Pre-order Winter Market starts Nov 10

posted Oct 31, 2020, 9:09 AM by Kelly Roopchand

Never fear, we're still here for you! It may be cold & wintery, and the coronavirus may be raging, but you can still get nutritious local food safely through our winter market! The market is held the second and fourth week of every month, from November through March. We will send out an email with links to all the vendors; you can then pre-order and pick up at the farm on Tuesday. Email us at info@pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com if you would like to receive our order list! Stay warm and safe!

Open Creamery October 11!

posted Oct 10, 2020, 12:35 PM by Kelly Roopchand

While we can't offer our normal indoor tours of barn and creamery, we ARE offering lots of fun outdoors! Visit our farmers market between 11 -3 for some yummy snacks (pastries & a smoothie, anyone? Or a baguette and cheese?) then stroll our beautiful fields and find that perfect picnic spot! (BYOB - bring your own blanket!) The goats have missed you, so come say hi to our mischievous youngsters and our amorous bucks (just be aware they've got powerful cologne on...) We'll have samples of our delicious hard cheeses, and ALL of our dairy products for sale. Come enjoy the beauty of fall on the farm!

Fresh Food & Fresh Air Starts June 7!

posted Jun 7, 2020, 5:46 AM by Kelly Roopchand

Join us every Sunday from 11-3 for a healthy boost for your body and spirit. We have some great new vendors at our farmers market - including B+T Baked Goods and Maine Mushroom Co - and we're opening the farm for self-guided hikes. You can visit the babies in the barn, or take a stroll through our back fields and enjoy the birds, clouds, and space to run. Bring a picnic blanket or a kite, as well as bug spray and a hat. Please be mindful that our fences are electric, and give each other a respectful space. Masks are requested at the market, but optional in the field - we have some if you don't!

Milk & Yogurt starting mid-April!

posted Mar 22, 2020, 1:14 PM by Kelly Roopchand

Our first goats are due to start kidding on March 31, and we are aiming to make our milk and yogurt available by mid-April, as both are super immune boosters. It will be a month earlier than we usually offer product, but given the circumstances we are making our very best effort to get production rolling. Please email us at info@pumpkinvinefamilyfarm or call 549-3096 if you would like to be notified when our products are available. We will be offering a combination of pick-up and delivery so that we can minimize everyone's exposure. 
We are so grateful that the goats provide these super foods, and are happy that it can help in the battle against covid. Did you know that over 70% of your immune system lives in your gut? Don't be fooled by the photo, these girls are working hard to grow those magnificent bellies and share their rich milk with us. We are famous for the clean, fresh taste of our milk - no goaty flavor! We will also be offering a sliding scale for payment, so folks can decide for themselves what they are able to pay - we don't want anyone to go without!
We'll have a lot more info in the coming week - but for now, if you're interested, drop us a line!

Yule Goat Celebration Dec 15

posted Nov 27, 2019, 6:47 PM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated Dec 2, 2019, 7:19 AM ]

In Scandinavian tradition, the Yule Goat brings presents to children at Christmas, accompanied by the Tomten, a farm gnome who looks after the well-being of the animals. This year, the Yule Goat is raising funds for underprivileged schoolchildren in Varanasi, India. Come enjoy our free magical event on Dec 15 between 11 - 3, then pass on the gift through a purchase of a special fundraising goat calendar and/or direct donation. The magic starts with a traditional Scandinavian story, followed by handcrafts and hot chocolate by the fireside. Wear winter clothes & boots so you can enjoy a magical forest hike with our Yule goats, resplendent in their blankets and bells, and decorate a tree for the wild birds. Bring a sled if it’s snowy; we have amazing sledding hills! 

After a visit to the barn, browse the local crafts and farm-fresh treats at the farm’s holiday market. All our products are made by local artisans and reflect the beauty and bounty of nature, from wreaths to wooden bowls, felted friends, and hand-blown glass jewelry. Our edible treats include cajeta (goat’s milk caramel sauce), smoked gouda, sausage, local honey, and squash, potatoes and other veggies for your Christmas feast. The farm is located at 217 Hewett Rd in Somerville; for more information, visit www.pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com, email info@pumpkinvinefamilyfarm or call (207) 549-3096.

Halloween Fete SATURDAY Oct 26

posted Oct 19, 2019, 2:03 PM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated Oct 24, 2019, 2:38 PM ]


Join us between 11 -3 for a day of laughter, food and friends. Come in costume, or jump into a straw hat and overalls for our silly farmer photo booth, complete with props. The first 20 children get to decorate a free mini pumpkin; every child gets a free dancing gourd. Play our pumpkin games, including relay races, ring tos
s, and tic tac toe. Make an acorn pumpkin and a mini witches broom. Need some tips on pumpkin carving? Check out our gallery of amazing pumpkin art and be inspired. Have a masterpiece at home? Enter it in our contest! We'll have spooky cookies, donuts and pumpkin smoothies for sale; buy one carving pumpkin and get a second free!  The full farmers market will be on Sunday at the regular time, so be sure to bring your market basket and load up with veggies, meat, dairy, baked goods - This is a weather dependent event – in case of rain, please call 549-5089 to find out if it’s been cancelled.
  

Open Creamery Day Oct 13

posted Oct 9, 2019, 4:11 PM by Kelly Roopchand   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 12:21 PM ]

Tour our creamery to learn the secrets of our unique goat Gouda and Asiago, then hike the fields with our goat youngsters and enjoy the fall foliage. We even have a delectable heirloom pumpkin called Long Island Cheese, so be sure to visit our pumpkin patch for all your fall decoration needs. Visit our farmers market to sample our products, from pumpkin smoothies and cajeta to creamy chevre in fall flavors of maple and cranberry, and complex aged cheeses. 
 

  

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