The sheep at Black Pearl Creamery are pretty lucky animals.
They spend their winter months cozied up in a warm, dry barn eating sweet grass and clover hay while they grow round with the lambs they are carrying in their bellies. During the month of April they become mamas and the posse of lambs nurse and play and sleep together while the temperatures warm.
Once the grass begins to green-up the whole flock moves out onto pasture, grazing a new paddock every day or two and moving around the farm in rotation. After a month, we make sure the lambs are thriving, then we give them their own pasture and begin the joyous process of milking our flock of mamas twice a day. Once our vat is full of luscious, creamy milk, we make a batch of either yogurt or cheese, and begin the process again.
Nothing is added to our yogurt except live pro-biotic cultures, and it is so thick, fresh, and creamy that it really deserves it’s own name, but we still call it yogurt. Our feta cheese is made with rennet and cheese cultures, and then allowed to age in a whey brine until it is deliciously tangy, yet smooth as can be. After all of this fun, sometime in October, we slowly taper off milking and let our amazing flock have a rest and fatten up on the lush fall clover and grasses.
Then in November, our ram gets a very exciting month, and once the temperatures drop
and the ground freezes, the newly pregnant ewes move back into their winter quarters
and the cycle begins anew.
Meanwhile...the lambs born in the spring have been grazing all over the farm, frolicking and romping and growing. Many of the girls we move into the barn to join the milking flock, while the rest of the lambs we slaughter and process in October, November and December. Our lambs are for sale as whole animals that you can come pick up cut and wrapped from the farm. More info is available on our retail page. We also sell some of our lambs to The Piggery, which you
can find in their meat case during the fall. The meat from our happy,
100% grass-fed lambs is tender, flavorful, and super healthy.