This is what is happening on the farm
Our water buffalo yogurt retailer list is growing! The following stores are currently stocking our yogurt:
Natural Pastures Cheese Co., Courtenay Country Market, and Edible Island (Courtenay),
Healthy Way (Campbell River),
Springford Farm (Nanoose Bay),
Island Bison (Black Creek),
Health Essentials (Victoria).
And of course at the Comox Valley Farmers' Market every Saturday where you are welcome to try a sample.
We look forward to seeing you again next weekend!
Have a great week.
Our water buffalo yogurt will be available in limited quantities starting this weekend at Healthy Essentials in Victoria. It was delivered yesterday and is supposed to be on the shelf Saturday. Spread the word!!
We look forward to seeing you at the Farmers' Market this Saturday!
This is what a morning of relaxing in the sunshine looks like around the farm....
The buffalo girls headed out to pasture late last week and spent the weekend munching in the sunshine and laying out flat to make the most of the sun's warmth! We ended up having to merge two herd groups which went surprisingly well. They quickly sorted out the pecking order and everyone seems to know where they stand. They have even gone so far as laying in one big group!
We have two new retailers who will be stocking our water buffalo yogurt: Seeds Market in Cumberland and Courtenay Country Market on the Island Highway across from Sunnydale golf course. We will be sending out some more samples this week and hopefully will be able to find a retailer in Campbell River and also in Victoria.
Here is a photo of some of the girls out in the field.
Tomorrow is the day our buffalo girls are heading out of the barn gates and into the fields to graze until fall! We have a few cows who have been grazing for the last couple of weeks where the buffalo are able to see them and every morning there have been grunts protesting the unfairness of the situation. The reason the buffalo were not let out when the cows were is that the fields were still a bit wet and buffalo love to dig in wet fields and plow with their horns, ripping the grass out of the ground to make a crown of grass on their heads. I'm sure there will be a herd of very happy girls tomorrow morning!
Yogurt will be available in Victoria soon! Details to follow....
See you Saturday at the Farmers' Market (outside at the exhibition grounds)
April is an especially busy month around the farm! With the grass growing so quickly, the girls are anxiously waiting to get out and get grazing! That means we have to do the rounds, checking all the fences, putting all the creek crossing fences back in place, clearing out last years brush and blackberry growth, spreading manure and usually rebuilding aging fence lines. This year is no exception. Some of the fences on our family's farm are approaching 40 years old and are very much at the end of their useful life! The fence removal part is now complete, and we are ready to build a buffalo proof fence!
Our little helper thought picking dandylions was more interesting than winding up old fence wire! She is the 6th generation to grow up farming this land!
A reminder that this weeks Farmers' Market is outside at the Comox Valley Exhibition grounds on Headquarters Road.
Hope to see you there!
The grass is ready for grazing thanks to the mild winter and lovely spring showers. However, the lovely spring showers have also left areas of the fields under water and the soil soft and soggy. Too soft and soggy to let our buffalo out to graze just yet but very soon! This is by far the earliest I can remember the grass looking so lush and green!
Springford Farm in Nanoose Bay is now carrying water buffalo yogurt! Their farm store hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm. If you would like to check them out, their website is www.springfordfarm.com
This picture was taken today in the field where the buffalo will be grazing. Tika was happy to stop (briefly!) and pose for the photo.
Our water buffalo yogurt is available at Edible Island Grocery store, Natural Pastures Cheese and at the Farmers' Market in Courtenay as well at Island Bison/Island Water Buffalo in Black Creek. We are working to find retail outlets across Vancouver Island and are hopeful the yogurt will soon be available in Victoria. Ask your local retailer! The more requests they get, the more likely they are to carry the product!
On a side note, we were putting in a truckload of new sawdust today and put the girls out in the yard near the barn. Turns out the rain last night made some nice mud puddles. They had a great time building a lovely mud wallow and the buffalo I put out came in as mud covered creatures! Buffalo's idea of a fun morning activity!
And a quick picture of my little helper pushing feed up for the girls.
We will be at this Saturday's Farmers' Market with our delicious water buffalo yogurt!
This is dairy week at the Market and chef Ronald St Pierre from Locals restaurant will be there creating yummy food to taste. And, to celebrate, the buffalo yogurt will be on sale for $5.50!!
Come try a sample and say hi! We look forward to seeing you there!
For those of you who have not yet seen our new water buffalo yogurt label, here it is!
We have not identified our yogurt as grass fed because there are currently no Canadian standards for grass fed milk. Our buffalo graze exclusively from April through until October which means our yogurt is 100% grass fed during those months. During the winter when the grass is not growing and grazing is not an option, we feed grass silage and non-GMO corn silage. We do not feed grain of any kind. We are happy to discuss our reasons for choosing to feed corn silage during the winter months so stop by the Farmers' Market and ask away!
Sunday, March 8th, marks our 3 year anniversary of milking water buffalo!
When we started out, we were warned it could be rather difficult to persuade water buffalo into a milking parlour. So, I decided to be clever and organized and have practice runs through the parlour before we actually had to try and milk them. Things were going well, I was confident we could get them in when the time came. And, because I had many years of cow milking experience, I figured the actual milking part would be no problem. Then our first calf was born..... I got the girls into the parlour and was taught my first lesson in milking water buffalo by a lovely buffalo named Juanita. The first few months were a steep learning curve to say the least, but we made it! I am happy to say that we now have a wonderful group of milking buffalo and the early struggles were totally worth it!
We are very excited about our new water buffalo yogurt and thank you to everyone who tried it out at the Farmers' Market today. We will be back with more next weekend!
For those of you who are interested in what our day-to-day farm life looks like, follow us on instagram @mcclintocksfarm
See you at the Farmers' Market!