Life on the Farm - April 2017

Wed, Apr 19th, 2017

Over the next week or so, we'll be posting a variety of photos and updates about life on the farm this time of year.

Stay tuned!

Pasture Prep

Spring is in the air.  Farmers and cows alike are getting restless.  The pasture is not quite ready yet for the ladies.

There is not enough grass and fences have to be mended.

That is what Martin is working on here, under Bliss' supervision.

Martin & Bliss mending fences

Breakfast Time

Martin feeding the cows breakfast

After a coffee, Martin goes to the barn to check up on the ladies and serve them their breakfast between 5:30am and 6am.

Breakfast is a good helping of hay top dressed with a big heap of corn flakes.

Seriously... corn flakes – rolled dry corn.

To learn more about what the cows eat also visit What the Cows Eat & Monitoring Nutrition

Egg Grading

Martin loading eggs to be graded.In order to make good ice cream without all kinds of additives you need eggs.  The egg yokes are the emulsifyers and stabilizers.

Mapleton's has its own organic chickens. The eggs go to an organic certified egg grading station - normally on a Wednesday.

After grading they are broken and put into the ice cream mix consisting of Mapleton's own cream, raw cane juice and the eggs.

Then all of these ingredients are mixed together, they are pasteurized and the flavour is added.

For a more detailed description of how we make ice cream you can visit our Making Ice Cream blog series.

Mapletons CEO

Here Martin is as 'Mapleton's CEO' - busy on the phone, dealing with texts and emails to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

And then there are other responsibilities that come up.  This time of year, interns are arriving and Martin picks them up at the airport and welcomes them to the farm.  Last week, a store in Mississauga ran out of soft serve frozen yogurt so Martin made a special delivery to them.  

Martin as CEO

Beyond Farming

At the end of the day Martin also likes to spend some time in the kitchen cooking.

Martin cooking

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Drop by for a visit!

There is lots to see and do on the farm.  We are within a one hour drive of Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford, Orangeville, Hanover and Walkerton.

See you soon!

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