Category Archives: Sheep

The Lamb Band

Thanks to our lamb banding helpers, we made quick work of our spring roundup. Lots of beers, giddy baby squeals, lamb hugging, and of course banding, on Saturday, and at the end -good food. We had a salad with the first Basil harvest of the year -look forward to basil in a few weeks at your local Purple Sage Farms purveyor.

A farm visit in the spring

Arlie here, and I’m enthused to be able to share some spring images from Purple Sage Farms. Just before the April showers began I took a lovely stroll on the farm with my family and I wanted to share it with you. With all of the babies decorating the pasture at this time of year, we often host friends on the farm and have them help bottle feed bummer lambs. It really feels like a spring salutation to see a green field full of frolickers, be they lamb, kid or human.

Arlie with lamb in the field

Me, Arlie, with a lamb I scooped up to bottle feed. It was so warm on this day that many lambs sought refuge in the shade of some machinery in the field.

One of my favorite things to do on the farm is watch the lambs playing. They hop and wag their tails, giddy for their mother’s milk. Some of the newer mothers need a little extra help, so we bottle feed their 3rd lamb or kid.

Here’s a link to a video of the Lambs herding up at Purple Sage Farms, enjoy!

Shovels hanging on a wall at the front of the greenhouse.

A look at the various hand tools we use.

sprinklers in a tractor tire

This old tractor tire lives out a second life as a sprinkler wrangler.


Rows of lettuce in a greenhouse.

Our lettuces are the happiest in this cool spring weather.

a broccoli plant in the greenhouse.

An exciting new realm for Purple Sage Farms, Broccoli in it’s sophomore year at the farm. Since we have been so successful with Brassicas, we decided last year to expand the varieties we grow.

Arlie Sommer and Tamara Sloviaczek stand in front of a grain bin.

The sky was blue, and our dresses too! Mom and I are in front of an old grain bin from the Sloviaczek farm where Mom grew up.

Happy spring and hope to see you at the farm soon!

PS, here’s what we have available this week: Sage and Thyme are new crops this week. We have other herbs too: tarragon, oregano, lemon thyme, mojito mint, parsley, sorrel, chives, garlic chives, cilantro. Lots of Mustards this week, Ruby Streaks, Tatsoi and Mizuna. Arugula, Dino Kale, Spring Mix, Collards, Stinging Nettle. Spinach – the plants are starting to flower and we will be low or out by the end of April.