This is what is happening on the farm
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!
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See you at the Farmers' Market!
We will be at the Farmers' Market this Saturday selling water buffalo yogurt! If you are planning on attending the Market, stop by, say hi and try a sample.
We look forward to seeing you there!
With this beautiful spring-like weather, we have been fortunate to get working on some big jobs and enjoy the sunshine! The big project for February is raspberry pruning. Not surprisingly, given the mild start to the year, the raspberries are beginning to bud out and the blueberries are looking like they are going to very soon as well. Maybe a super early berry picking year is ahead of us?
The first two water buffalo calves of 2015 were born Feb 12th and Feb 14th. One little girl and one little boy. Both are super cute and bouncing all over the place. We are still trying to get all of our permits/labels/approvals in place to sell water buffalo dairy products at the Farmers' Market. It looks like we will be able to start selling yogurt sometime towards the end of March. The fluid milk has been put on hold indefinitely. The regulations surrounding fluid milk are not something we are able to deal with at this point so we will be focusing on yogurt for now and hopefully gelato later in the year.
Enjoy the sunshine!
The start of this new year is bringing some exciting changes to our farm!
We are now able to sell pasteurized water buffalo milk and are in the process of getting all of the labeling, nutritional information and packaging organized. We are hoping to begin selling the milk the third week of January. The milk will be available in 2 litre containers at a cost of $3.75 per litre. At this early stage of milk sales, the milk will need to be pre-ordered by Friday for pick-up the following Wednesday. For those who are wondering what water buffalo milk is all about; it is pure white, mild tasting and easier to digest than cows milk. It is also higher in fat, protein, calcium and lower in cholesterol than cow milk.
We are a pasture based dairy, which means our buffalo are out grazing in the fields from mid April until October. We have chosen to house our girls during the winter months in a sawdust pack style barn where they are free to rest in a circular formation, the way they naturally prefer to sleep. They are kept in their small social groups which greatly reduces stress and virtually eliminates fighting amongst each other. They are extremely docile, friendly animals and are a pleasure to work with!
We will let you know when all the details have been finalized and we are ready to sell some milk! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Wishing you all the best in 2015!
We are now closed for berry picking for the season. Thank you all so much for coming out to the farm and supporting local agriculture!
We will continue to have sweet corn at the Farmers' Markets Wednesday, Saturday and likely Sundays in Campbell River. If you would like to order some corn, you can do so by calling 250-334-4562 to arrange a time to pick it up.
We hope you had a great summer and have a freezer full of berries!
We are open Saturday, August 30th from 8 am to 1 pm.
Saturday is our last day for berry picking. Come fill your buckets with easy to pick ripe blueberries.
We will have sweet corn at the farm and at the Farmer's market.
We are ending our summer season with the birth of our 17th buffalo calf who was born this morning! A great way to end a great summer!
We will have sweet corn at the Farmer's market Wednesday's and Saturdays or by order. Please call 250-334-4562 to arrange a pickup time.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us, we look forward to seeing you again next year!
We are open Friday, August 29th from 8 am to 1 pm.
Only 2 days left to get your fill of blueberry picking! No shortage of berries but it's time to wrap up the berry picking year and move on to the other projects!
We will have sweet corn at the farm and at the Farmers' market on Saturday. It is customer appreciation weekend at the Farmers market so come for a free cob of corn.
See you Friday!