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Ewenique Icelandic Sheep Farm

by localgrowers on April 15, 2012

Cami and Bella from Ewenique Farm

It was a misty, moisty morning at theBloomington Community Farmers’ Market, the second for the 2012 season. Cami, fromEwenique Icelandic Sheep Farm was there with  5-day old Bella, a new lamb who took a nap in her arms while accepting lots of affection from visitors.

Cami lives with her parents, Jennie and Phil, on a 102-acre farm that once belonged to Phil’s grandmother. The land, near Seymour, Indiana, has been in his family for over 100 years. They raise Icelandic sheep for breeding and sell wool products such as yarn, roving, and felted items, as well as meat.

“We chose sheep because we believe they are easier on the land and will eat far more vegetables than cattle or goats,”says Jennie. “We raise them organically on pasture only.”

The family also raises peacocks, numerous vegetables, wheat, beans, corn (for cornmeal), andedamame. Katie and Eric of Muddy Fork Farm & Bakery use whole wheat, rye, and cornmeal sustainably grown and milled by Ewenique Icelandic Sheep Farm in their bread products.

Products from the farm are also available atBloomingfoods East. They are used by Restaurant TallentFinch’s Brasserie, and Nick’s English Hut.

Spotted at today’s Market (in addition to friends): local strawberries, lots of fresh greens,purslane, herbs, sassafras root, local meats, raw milk cheese, eggs, and an abundance of bedding plants.

Fresh ramps and dandelion greens: ’tis the season!