Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mountain Vally Farms

Dh and I are on a little mini vacation, just the two of us.  Of course when you are an "I love all things garden, farm animal, pioneering", where else is there for you to go but a cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains. We got all things gardening caught up as much as we could and took off for the hills on Thursday.  Now when we go back today it will be time to address the garden again.  The beans cucumbers, and squash are coming in.  I have made 9 pints of beans, 3 quarts of squash (frozen) and 8 quarts pickles so far.  I know when we get home it will be time to start harvesting Blueberries(YAY).  In addition to that we should have (hopefully) some baby chicks hatching in the next couple of days.  So needless to say we will be busy picking, canning, hatching, and all other things farm related in the next few days, but for the last few days we have just enjoyed the wonderful mountains of Ellijay Ga.  The visions of the surrounding mountains has been worth the trip in and of itself, but during this time we have seen some other nice things such as Antique shops, The Tabor House and Civil War Museum, and a wonderful restaurant called Cider Ridge (Good food and service I must say).  But the one thing that has been the most unique and fun is Mountain Valley Farms.

This is Miss Sam.  Hi Sam!  She is pretty much indicative of the Farm.  Loves the animals, very friendly.  She let me take her picture.  She is just a constant smiling presence. 

 It is a wonderful farm where not only can you go get free range meat, eggs, raw milk (For pet consumption of course), etc, but adjacent to the store are the "Babies".

 Rabbits pretty much go where they want throughout the farm.  They are all over and in every color.

 Then there are the new calves, goats, and pigs in some pretty nice digs.  These are spoiled little babies that will come up to the fence and, like a dog, will want you to pet them as long as you are willing to.

There is also this very friendly horse, but I didn't catch her name.  But she just loves to be loved on.

This little goat was very happy to get some lovin, but the white one on the roof was more focused on the branches above him,  Every time the wind blew, the branches above him would lower and he would try to reach them.  No luck for him by the time we left.

There was a milking cow you could pet.  Her name is Tanya, but we forgot to get a picture of her.  Sam informed us the milking cows are named for the female workers on the farm.  She told us there is a "Sam" somewhere around there.
The farm store itself is small but cute as a button.  Mountain Valley sells their meat, eggs, and milk, but for other things they have partnered out with other local farms.  We picked out a jar of vegetable relish and two types of cheese; smoked cheddar, and Italian pesto.  Both of which were unique and GOOD!  Should be for $11lb (Gulp), but we were on vacation.  It was in our vacation budget.  Good stuff.
So guys if you are ever in Ellijay Ga, head up that way.  Ellijay is real big for apples so go in Sept when the apple festivities are going on, or you can do like us and get a cabin in the mountains in the summer and enjoy all the green!  Whenever you go, travel by Mountain Valley Farms.  The kids and adults will love it!
So now I am off to get coffee, pack up and head home to start my own farming stuff again.  Have a great day.

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