Well folks, some conversations are incredibly hard to start, and this is one of them.
To those that have been with us for our journey as Four Hearts Farm we want to say thank you to our supporters, customers, all the testers who gladly tried all my creations from soaps to yogurts and cheeses, and of course all the amazing folks who added some of our goats to their herd over the years and to so many new friends this life has brought.
Unfortunately life throws some serious curve balls sometimes and this is one of those times. Those that know us are well aware of my health and mobility challenges. After some recent heavy hitting news it is clear that our plan is going to need to adapt to what I can do and accept the things I cannot do, and to do it gracefully.
While we have to say goodbye to our dairy and herd, we aren't saying goodbye to farm life. Our garden will grow, as will our fruit orchard. Our chickens and ducks will still call our farm home. I will continue with goat milk soaps and shampoos, and will actually have some of our milk this season processed into powdered milk for our bath products and for storage. Our fiber side Four Hearts Farm Mainely Fiber will become a primary focus, utilizing local shepards and mills and opening the door to flexibility to participate in fiber festivals near and far and everywhere in between. I will maintain our kitchen license to continue making jams and jellies from our harvest on our farm, and of course the occassional baked goods and sweet treats. I will be canning many of our garden goodies to feed us through the winter months and in time as our garden grows offer fresh produce at our shop.
This is very much a heartbreaking decision and not what we saw as the future of Four Hearts Farm. My current physical condition personally looks nothing like what I thought it would at this stage in my life nor is it the path I want to be on, but here we are learning to accepting and having to adapt.
So we will be slowly dispersing the herd over the season. If you are interested in making additions to your herd I encourage you to search our herd on ADGA.org to view our current goats and reach out with interest sooner rather than later.
Thank you for your support and encouragement over the last 6 1/2 years. Without you this dream would not have been possible, I am so grateful for the relationships and friendships formed through this journey. We are undecided about our presence at Farmers Markets this year, but we would love to have you visit us at our farm stores.
Be well and in the words of Helen Keller "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us."