This article is the second in a series of two articles about my recent visit to Weirauch Farm and Creamery.
After checking out the aging cheeses, we went across the way to the ewe milking parlor that Joel is currently working on. In fact, he took that whole week off from cheesemaking just to finish construction. Hopefully, by the time this blog post is up, it will be fully operational.
Directly across from the milking parlor is the area for the special sheep in the flock-—abandoned or orphaned sheep, and elderly sheep, including Alice, their first sheep. Joel and Carleen name each generation with successive letters of the alphabet—their first generation is made up of sheep whose names begin with “A,” their second generation began with “B” names, etc. They’re up to “I” now! In the special “ward,” there were two youngsters who just loved to nibble at our hands and clothes. There was also one special “F,” Ferdinand, an enormous black sheep that the Weirauchs keep as a pet. He’s got ultra-dense wool, and loves being scratched. Ferdinand stomped his feet and shook his head to show his pleasure at being scratched down past his wool to his skin.
We weren’t able to visit the area where Carleen makes her soap because Joel is tweaking things there. The soap is made with ewe’s milk and olive oil, and it has attracted quite a following. I have yet to see one of these bars of soap for myself. The Weirauchs currently sell primarily at local farmers markets, including the Stonestown one on Sundays (In San Francisco).
Thanks to Joel, Carleen, the sheep, and the chickens for being such gracious hosts!