We are transferring our domain and web site over the next 2 months, so please bear with us. The domain address will remain the same for now. Stay tuned! The new site will be easier to navigate and be separated into the farm and the bed and breakfast. It should be up and running by Valentine's Day.
New PROJECTS, YAY! We are hoping to install new fencing to make it easy to come and go for you, and if all goes well to install a year round outdoor wood fired hot tub. Nice!
Yes, we can.
We can rent the house on a day to day basis for $375.00 per day. There are 5 beds, plus a cot, so 6 singles can sleep sharing the 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, or 4 couples and 2 kids. This offer does not include meals, but we are now licensed to serve all meals. Gourmet breakfast is served between 8 and 9 am or choose a continental 'grab and go breakfast'. Packed lunches are available or order ahead for a sit down hot or cold meal. Baking can be ordered and is made in house as well. Morning coffee is complimentary. Corporate meetings requiring catered lunches, dinners or breakfasts or just morning or afternoon coffee and baked goods can be ordered now as well. Our comfort capacity for meetings is 8-10, with 12 being a maximum.
Dinners must be ordered a day in advance and are served at 7 pm. We are not licensed to serve alcohol and guests are asked to observe our no alcohol request. For weddings or parties a liquor license must be obtained by the patron and a bartender with a license must be employed.
Lunch $20.00 Bagged $15.00
Dinner $30.00 (meal and beverage) or $48.00 (soup and/or salad, 2 beverages, main course and dessert) Gratuity included
Thank ewe for considering The Fat Ewe!
Dreams do come true!
and then there is the farm...
As I neared retirement, I began to wonder what my life would look like. I reviewed times when I was the happiest and when I was the most stressed. Hands down, being on my little hobby farm, running the fields with the dogs, pigs and horses, watching the morning mist as it disappeared in the warm sunshine...yes, that was the it. I was happiest as a farmer. I also love interacting with people and had always wanted a bed and breakfast. So when people are thinking of warm beaches and leisurely living, I was thinking of creating a place where living was simple, just the land and the animals and me, and my guests to share in my paradise.
I found a little bit of paradise (in my eyes) in Elk Point, Alberta and bought a quarter section, 100 acres of wonderful forest complete with moose, deer and porcupines and 60 acres of pasture. The pasture is where I plan to begin my apple orchard. Yes, apples do grow in Alberta. As a matter of fact about 30 varieties seem to do pretty well and I will plant them all and assess which ones to continue with for an apple orchard. At first the organic apples will be used as fresh fruit, then as frozen pies and finally as apple cider, the booze kind. Who does not like an apple cider in a hot day? My first attempt at apples failed and the trees died over winter. I will try again next year.
To help me with the work I would need some friends so I bought 2 purebred registered Canadian mares with foals, a colt (Wahkan, now a yearling gelding) and a filly (Willa). Penny foaled again in May and they will both be bred to foal in May 2011. This will be the beginning of my Canadian herd. Of course,they will have to pull the sleigh in the winter and log in the summer,not just play all day. The mares were sold, Wahkan was gifted, the colt traded and now Willa and her boy, a young gelding named Zeb, live at the farm.
The resident sheep will also have to earn their keep, some by providing milk to make delicious cheese and others by providing wool. Karakul, Icelandics and Jacobs are very hardy and have lovely wool for spinning and felting too. We are adding two Est'a Laine Merinos for wool and 3 Cotswolds for wool and meat.
Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf goats will offer excellent milk for The Fat Ewe's soon to be famous sheep cheese. They are so cute and comical with their play head butts and the way they speak to each other.
The Kahki Campbell and Rouen ducks will provide the farm with plenty of fresh eggs. There are several hens for chicken eggs, though my own eggs cannot be served at the B & B due to government regulations. Saxony ducks have joined the farm for rost duck. Yum.
Of course where there are flocks there are dogs. Robbie, the crazy border collie will be roaming the ponderosa. Harley, a 2 1/2 year old Maremma and Ofcharka, the livestock guardian puppy, along with Jenna and Jade (the new Maremma puppies) are the guardians, though Robbie has become a great sky watcher as well.
Many of the value added products from the farm will become available for purchase. Felted wool rugs, vests and hats, knitted blankets and shawls, yarn roving, quilts, pillows, soap, lotions and herbal skin care, aromatherapy and essential oils, Baba's bread and pickles, and of course breeding stock are some of the offerings to come.
This is going to be fun!