I just finished sitting here munching on perfect "farm fresh" eggs... literally... more in a minute... and just wondering how to write about our glorious adventure to a sheep farm yesterday.°C/54°F and brilliant sunshine overhead! We even saw some crocuses starting to bud and trying to get a jump on the season. It's only mid March and normally bitterly cold, grey and very wintry. My daughter Joanna was on a hunt for organic sheep fertilizer for her garden and found some about an hour or so from Halifax. So we turned the day into a wonderful adventure that surpassed any expectations we had. But where to begin in the telling....
Zillig Family Farm in Hants County, Nova Scotia is an Artisan farm, which means it's not certified organic, but pretty darn close. Marg studied animal husbandry and agriculture at McGill University in Montreal, as well as in Europe. She is more than knowledgeable, she is passionate. We all fell in love instantly.
We were joined by some friends of Boaz & Dov and their mom, Zoey, and like all little boys... and girls, for that matter... there is nothing as much fun as running around, stomping in mud and playing with the animals. So perhaps the best way to go is to follow the boys and hear what they had to say....The geese, two ganders and four geese are in mating season, so the ganders (and their partners) had to be separated... the men are very territorial during mating season. Can you imagine... these geese, especially the ganders are even louder than squealing little boys! Boaz even covered his ears and told us just how loud they were.
Boaz did ask Marg where the rooster was, but since these hens are layers, rather than breeders, there's no need for a rooster. All we want are the delicious eggs! We also saw a few ducks, that Marg keeps for eggs for those of us who can't tolerate hens eggs.
What a wonderful visit! Joanna wants to become Marg, I just admire her and all the hard work that goes into tending the animals, the produce garden, I didn't even mention because it's all under a protective layer of hay, waiting for Spring to really arrive.
Thank you, Marg and to those of you who don't live on a farm... make a visit. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn about and appreciate where our food comes from. Oh.... and Boaz' favorite animal... the puppy!