Friday, September 12, 2014

Stark Hollow Farm Moves to Danville, VT



STARK HOLLOW FARM RELOCATES TO BEAUTIFUL DANVILLE, VERMONT!

Danville Green
After a rigorous search for land that would meet the growing needs of our farm, we finally located a gorgeous piece of property with a beautiful 1820's farm house and 78 acres of open fields and woodland in Danville, VT. Known as "the village in the hills" Danville is located in the southern tip of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and is a gateway community to New Hampshire's white mountains and the rolling green mountains of Vermont. Joe's Pond (called Sozap Nebees by the Abenaki), located in West Danville draws many tourists and Route 2 offers a corridor into Vermont that many folks travel to visit our beautiful state. There are many resources for agriculture in the area and the farm is strategically located near the I-91 corridor giving us easy access to markets south, such as Boston.

Covered Bridge, W. Danville
We will continue to be participate in the Burlington Winter Farmer's Market and will soon be offering a meat lovers CSA. We have many current customers from Chittenden and Addison counties who are asking for bulk purchases to stock up on our delicious forest raised pork and 100% grass fed Icelandic lamb. We will continue to provide bulk orders for our customers on the eastern side of the state who have come to know and love our products. Stay tuned for more info on our new CSA program.

The property has a history as a dairy barn in the 1940's. The original dairy barn, which was attached to the house is gone with only the milk house remaining. We plan to convert the milk house into a small farm stand and we have signed a contract with a timber frame builder and will be building a barn on the property this fall to house the sheep and farrow our sows in the winter months. There is a small, well maintained apple orchard on the property with a mixed variety of heirloom apples which the piggies are just starting to enjoy.

We're excited about the possibilities and future of the farm as we continue to grow and diversify. We appreciate all of the support and well wishes we have received and look forward to continuing to share the journey with you all.

If you are a customer of ours and want to purchase some meats for the upcoming winter season, please contact us directly with your order Contact Stark Hollow Farm. We will be traveling to Chittenden Country over the next few weeks as we continue the move and can make arrangements with you to deliver or meet you somewhere. We'll also be able to bring orders in to the Burlington Winter Market which starts up in November. Check out our website to see what is available: Stark Hollow Farm Meats.

Here are some photos of the homestead and land:




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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tamworth Feeder Piglets, Vermont

Two of these meaty and healthy Tamworth feeder piglets just went off to their new home in Charlotte, Vermont. They're shown here at 4 weeks (sent off at 8 weeks). Stark Hollow Farm is currently taking orders for spring piglets.

Tamworth Feeder Piglets at 4 weeks

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tamworth Piglets Off to New Homes

Two sets of 8 week old Stark Hollow Farm Tamworth feeder piglets are off to their new homes. One, a happy return customer from the Intervale in Burlington, Vermont and the other, a new customer from Richmond, Vermont.


Shearing Day!

Another shearing day complete here at Stark Hollow Farm in Vermont! Together with our shearer, the job was complete in about 3 hours. Many of our Icelandics were starting to "roo", which is a term that describes the way that the fleece is naturally shed by the animals. We love shearing day because it is a chance to see how the ewes, especially the lactating ewes are doing coming off winter.

Our animals are 100% grass fed with no commercial or customer grain mixtures used. This means their condition at the time of lactation is their lowest of the year, and yet as you can see from these photos, the girls look great!


Doe, udder with twins
Doe, 2 years

Doe with her twins

Dolomite, 2 years

Dandelion, 2 years

Cider, 5 years

Elderberry, one winter ewe

Camox with twins, 3 years

Eiya, one winter ewe

Eiya, one winter ewe with lamb

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Icelandic Sheepskin Pelts - New Arrivals!

Check out Stark Hollow Farm's new arrivals of gorgeous, luxurious Icelandic Sheepskin Pelts from our fall 2013 group of Icelandic sheep raised on grass here in Huntington Vermont. When you see one you like, double click on the image and you will see the description and price in the upper right hand corner of the slide show. Contact us at farmer at starkhollowfarm dot com to order.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Icelandic Sheep Skin Pelt - Renaissance Fair Costume

One of our Icelandic Sheepskin Pelts was made into a gorgeous cape by Brandace of North Carolina for a Renaissance Fair Costume. If you look closely, you will also see a ram's horn which also came from our farm.

This is one of many uses for these beautiful pelts.

Ren Fair Costume - Sheep Skin Pelt and Ram's Horn
Click here to see our pelts for sale: Icelandic Sheepskin Pelts

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 Icelandic Lambs for Sale in Vermont at Stark Hollow Farm

Check out a preview of Stark Hollow Farm 2014 Icelandic lambs for sale in Vermont...enlarge the slideshow and click "show info" to see more details.

Lambs will be priced for sale in the up-coming weeks. We'll have ewe lambs, ram lambs and adult ewes with lambs. Lambs this year are from 3 incredible unrelated rams, so there are lots of choices.

 If you are interested in purchasing breedstock from us this year, please contact us at farmer@starkhollowfarm.com.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Newest Arrivals: Tamworth Piglets

Last night, our Tamworth sow, Orange, farrowed 5 gorgeous little piglets. In the midst of shifting southerly and westerly winds, we got a couple inches of rain on top of a snow pack up here on Camel's Hump Mountain of about 3 feet of snow.  We had heard many farmers were having difficulty with farrowing this year due to the extreme weather.

With colder than normal temperatures, precipitation and dead of night upon us, I was grateful for the wonderful little piglet creep with heat lamp that Vanessa built in the last couple of days into Orange's farrowing house. The creep is an important part of the farrowing house. It provides a safe place for the piglets to take a break from mama and eventually they will get their own feed in there. Right now, it's a place they can go to get warm after leaving the 90+ degree womb!

Labor lasted about 5 hours and at the end of it, we have four boys and one girl. They took to mama's milk right away. Tamworths are a talkative breed and this is very noticeable in the farrowing house. There is often a lively conversation between mama and piglets which consists of her grunting and snorting and them responding with snorts and squeals. If they fight, mama raises her voice almost as if to say, "come on now, little ones!".

Here are some photos:

Piglets under lamp in creep
Piglet Creep
3 of Orange's 5 Piglets
Little Tamworth Piglets Cozy Up

Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Hay Feeders for Pregnant Girls

New Feeders completed! Hand-made out of locally sourced wood. Designed specifically for our horned sheep to keep wasted hay to a minimum and allow enough room at the feeders for all the pregnant girls...
New Feeder in the Winter Paddock
Keeping the Mineral Feeder Upright!
Vanessa & Brem
Laura & Beven
The Girls at their new Feeders!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Registered Tamworth Pigs

This is Trinity, our Tamworth breeding gilt from last years litter of piglets. She is the classic gorgeous orange/red coloring of a Tamworth and comes from excellent breed stock. She is the result of AI breeding and her sire is a champion Tamworth boar named Rusty. She will have her first litter of piglets this summer here at Stark Hollow Farm in Vermont and we will have some of these piglets for sale. Please inquire if interested in pure bred Tamworth breed stock.

The Tamworth is a heritage breed pig, listed with the American Livestock Conservancy as a Threatened breed.

Trinity - Stark Hollow Farm
Dam - Brixia

Sire - Rusty