Sheep farm celebrates spring with open house

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Apr 21, 2014
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Sara Nelson, left, and her mom, Jessica Nelson, tour Guini Ridge Farm during its open house Saturday, April 19.

Union — A partly sunny, cool spring day greeted visitors to Guini Ridge Farm's open house Saturday, April 19.

Owners Bruce and Wendy Reinemann raise mostly Katahdin sheep, a meat sheep that has hair instead of wool. With 35 Katahdin ewes plus lambs, they are phasing out their few remaining wool sheep. “We're not wool people,” Wendy said.

Since the sheep do not have wool, their hair just falls out in spring, as they shed their winter coat for a lighter summer covering, Bruce said. That saves the cost of sheering.

They also have a few cows and chickens, and grow a variety of greens to sell along with their lamb and sausage at Camden Farmer's Market. Their propagation house has seedlings of pea shoots, watercress, chives, pak choy, Chinese cabbage and microgreens.

Once the weather gets warmer, the seedlings will be moved out to their 1.5-acre vegetable garden. They also have 25 acres of pasture for the sheep and cows, and rent additional pasture in the area.

Besides their own products, the Reinemanns welcomed a couple of other agricultural producers: Jessie Dowling of Fuzzy Udder Creamery in Whitefield was there with her cheeses made from cow's and sheep's milk, and Rob Webber, owner of Moonlight Maple in Mount Vernon was there with his maple syrup. Like the Reinemanns, Dowling sells at Camden Farmer's Market. She also goes to the farmer's market in Portland.

For more information about Guini Ridge Farm, see its Facebook page.

Wendy Reinemann, left, and her husband, Bruce, owners of Guini Ridge Farm, welcome visitors to an open house Saturday, April 19. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Some of the Reinemanns' Katahdin sheep enjoy the sun Saturday, April 19. The sheep have hair instead of wool, and some are in the process of shedding their winter coats. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
A pair of wool-bearing ewes are unimpressed by visitors to the open house at Guini Ridge Farm April 19. The Reinemanns, who raise sheep for meat, are replacing their wool-bearing animals with hair-bearing Katahdins. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Cheesemaker Jessie Dowling of Fuzzy Udder Creamery in Whitefield shows her wares at the open house at Guini Ridge Farm. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Bill Lombardi, left, and his wife, Holly, new residents of Union, buy some maple syrup from Rob Webber of Moonlight Maple in Mount Vernon at the Guini Ridge Farm open house Saturday, April 19. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, ride her ATV and play word games.

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