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Painted Hand Farm is a 20 acre Civil War era farm located in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. We raise meat goats, veal calves, turkeys and organic vegetables using humane and sustainable agricultural practices.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

What a Weekend!

The weekend started off with a bang or should I say a gush of amniotic fluid? First, Emma calved on Friday night. Unfortunately, I didn't use sexed semen on her third artificial insemination attempt. I lost in the 50-50 chance of having another heifer. But he's still healthy and cute as the dickens.
Shortly after Emma popped, so did Oreo with a set of twins. I didn't find them until the next morning when they were all dried off and hiding in one of the pasture shelters. Since winter weather decided to return, they are now snug in the barn in the stall next to Emma & her baby.
Saturday it was off to the Dickinson College Local Foods Celebration. This is the 6th year for the event. There is a farmers market during the afternoon and a dinner made from all locally-produced food in the evening. Many of the vendors and customers from the former Carlisle Central Farmers Market were there. The customers were happy to see their farmers, get their food and are looking forward to us returning to Carlisle later this spring without being under the thieving thumb of the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority.
Melanie, Maddie and Paul set out delicious dairy products from Keswick Creamery.
Diane Wiest from Brushwood Farm has our favorite soap--Patchouli Lime
Our dinner table.
My delicious dinner of local salad greens with Tait Farm dressing, pastured turkey, pastured pork sausage, roasted root vegetables and potatoes and mushroom soup.
And of course, no local foods event in these parts would be complete without a table full of artisan and farmstead cheeses.


  1. Let us know when and where you will be in Carlisle this Spring! looking foward to it.

  2. From births to girths...both filled with wonderful sites and smells and now I must run off to find some local produce to eat in celebration of all the new babies at Painted Hand Farm.