Updates & Blog

Posted 5/16/2013 12:54pm by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

Here's a quick look at what has been going on the farm this week.

 

         

We have done much work in the cheese cave this week. Did you know each of our wheels is poked at least 40 times each to get the correct amount of bluing throughout the cheese? This poking is done by hand with a stainless steel skewer. It takes a while to get though each batch. Not the most fun part of making the cheese, but definitely the most important. Each wheel is poked twice about a week to 10 days apart. When the bluing checks out to be ok, we wrap the wheel in foil and move it from the cave to cold storage.

 

    

Here are some fun pictures of me and my helpers milking and making cheese. My girls are such a help around the farm. I sincerely hope that someday they will look back and realize how hard we have been working to get this business started.

 

        


It is so important to keep our sheep happy. Happy sheep make good milkers. Here are my happy sheep and their sweet lambs (and next year’s milkers).

 


This Saturday we will see you out at Shaker Square market. We have some really fun vendor neighbors, so make sure you check them out too. If you find the pasta, salsa and unbelievable woodwork, you'll find us!


Foodie Friends, We would love to see your Yellow House Cheese creations. Please share photos of your cheese plates, burgers, dips and more on our facebook page, instagram #yellowhousecheese or email them to us at cheese@yellowhousecheese.com


I have most of my chef orders in for the weekend, if you haven't contacted me yet, get your order in by Friday at 6pm. 


Thank you all for your support!! The Henslee Family

Posted 5/1/2013 9:40am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.


Around the Farm

It has been some trying times around the farm this week. Lambs have been born, rejected and reclaimed by mothers that are not theirs, cows have got out of the fence, kids with pinkeye, lots of sheep have jumped off the milk stand and parts of the fence are obviously down (hence the cows getting out). Weeks like this are the times that I wonder what exactly we are doing. I love this life, just not weeks like this. I am not sure if all of our customers, inspectors and fans realize that it’s just Kevin, the girls and I. We don’t have any employees and we do all the work ourselves. Feeding, fixing, milking, cheesemaking, chauffeuring to soccer practice—we do it all. But after I sulk, I know that there is nothing else I would rather be doing. I find much satisfaction from being a cheesemaker and shepherd—but keeping it all in perspective this week has been challenging! Thankfully the weather this week is beautiful and sun-shiny.

 

Farmer’s Market Season is Here!

Yellow House Cheese will be at three farmer’s markets this season. Kevin is currently selling at the Shaker Square Market on Saturday mornings from 8-Noon. Kristyn will be selling on Saturdays at the Medina Market from 9-1 which starts on May 25. Finally we will be selling in Akron in the Highland Square area from 4-7 pm on Thursday evenings. Cow’s milk blue cheeses are now available at market. Sheep’s milk blue cheeses should be ready near the beginning of June. Select cuts of family raised lamb are also available. Cuts include chops, ground, shanks and leg of lamb. 

Wrapping up Lambing Season

We are nearly done lambing! Only about 5 or 6 more ewe lambs are due and we are now milking 50 sheep. Things are going well in the barn and ram lambs have already been moved out to pasture. Ewe lambs will soon follow sometime this week.

Lamb for Sale

We are selling our family raised lamb at our farmer’s market booth. Cuts include chops, ground, shanks and leg of lamb. We will have grass fed lamb available towards the end of summer and early fall. If you are interested in buying a whole or half of a lamb, please email us at cheese@yellowhousecheese so we can get you on a customer list. There will be enough lamb to supply chefs and restaurants this year. Make sure you set your reservations now to reserve your lambs. Any questions about lamb, you call Kevin at 330.990.7821.

Requests for visits

I am overwhelmed by the amount of requests that we get asking to stop by to visit the farm. While our slogan is, “Sharing Our Farm With You,” I would like to make a general comment. We live here, work here, raise animals here and make food here. All of those factors do not always make it easy for bringing visitors to the farm. We are very busy, jobs always need to be done. With that being said, we will be having some open house hours/ days set up towards the end of summer and fall. For all of those callers that want to stop by for a piece of cheese I encourage you to come visit us at our farmer’s markets.

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Posted 3/20/2013 10:18am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.


Yellow House Cheese March Newsletter

Well the calendar says that it is spring, I really doubt it around here. Besides bunches of bouncing lambs, nothing is really shouting spring. When talking with another local farmer we were complaining about the cold. I summarized to say, "At this point I would rather have warm mud than cold mud." But so is life in Ohio.


Lambing is almost half way done. We have had great successes and few losses-- when you are in the sheep business that's pretty good. We are nearing 70 lambs and are running about 50-50 ewes and ram lambs. Ewes have been prolific with 6 sets of triplets, many sets of twins and only 4 singles. Lambing has made for some sleepless nights, but to see a mama sheep nuzzling her lamb or watching healthy babies jump across the barn makes it all worth it.


To start milking earlier this year we put babies on a lac-tek machine. So instead of their mother's milk, the babies are getting formula or milk replacer on demand. Everyone is growing quickly and has made the adjustment quite easily. In fact we have a lamb group ready to come off of milk and start on grain and hay. All of our lambs will be grass fed this year (if we ever see sunshine, or grass, or it stops being 31 degrees every day). So there will be plenty of lamb available come fall time. If you are interested in lamb, whole, half or select cuts, send us a message so we can put you on a customer list for when lambs are finished.


Kristyn has been busy in the make room already making batches of sheep's milk cheese as well as cow's milk. The cave is filling up nicely and we are gearing up for the busy farmer's market season. We are most likely going to 3 or 4 markets this year, throw in 2 little girls on separate soccer teams and we have quite the busy Saturdays coming up.


Our first market will start in April and Kevin will have lamb cuts and cow's milk blue cheeses to sell at the North Union Farmer's Market on Shaker Square. Yellow House Cheese will be selling there every Saturday from 8am-Noon. Sheep's milk cheeses will not be available until June. We will also be using the Shaker Market as a drop off point for our Cleveland restaurant customers. This will make everything easier on delivery and be much more consistent. Please have your orders in on Thursday before the Saturday market.


Hopefully you already like us on facebook, if not, please do. I post fun pictures from around the farm. You can also find us on Instagram. Search for khens. We are set to private, so just ask to follow us and I will approve you.


As always thank you for your support and looking forward to seeing many of you at markets soon.


Best Wishes from The Henslee Family & Yellow House Cheese

Posted 2/14/2013 11:31am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

Valentine's Day is supposed to be cheesy, right?

 

Thank you for all the love this past year!


Yellow House Cheese & The Henslee Family

Posted 2/5/2013 11:20am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

As we approach lambing time, we choose to shear our sheep. I know it’s cold outside, I get it. But for the record, it’s my preference to shear the sheep before lambing and milking. I prefer to shear for management reasons—it’s easier for me to give my ewes their yearly vaccinations at shearing, more sheep fit along the feeders after shearing, and it’s cleaner in the milking parlor if the sheep are shorn.

We have a really great shearer. He answers my calls and comes when he is scheduled. I love that—total dependability. This year we are shearing in two cycles, ewes first and lambs six weeks later.

And don’t you know we scheduled shearing day on a day when Kevin was out of town. Convenient for him, right? But I am a strong, tough wife and I was able to manage everything on my own. My sheep are calm and are easy to handle. Actually the worst part of the day involved convincing my seven year old that she did indeed have to go to school that day. She wanted to stay and help like last year. It was a long, drawn-out battle, but in the end I prevailed and Ellen went to school (an hour late, but she still went to school).

Shearing took just over four hours and went without a hitch. Thirty-six ewes all clean and white.

     

George shearing, A finished fleece, And Ellen from last year, who wouldn't want to miss school for this?

Posted 1/29/2013 1:52pm by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

 

 

So it’s about that time of year for us—time to get ready for lambing. That means a variety of things, schedule the shearer, make sure our vaccinations are ready to give and make sure we have enough lambing pens. Each year we make a couple more, one or two to replace ones that were broken and one or two to have new to go along with the expanding flock.

          

Trying to square off my repurposed materials... Chop saw with hearing protection... There's that pink hammer!... Ellen securing hardware

 

We took advantage of the abnormally nice weather last week to knock out three new lambing pens. And by ‘knock out’ I mean drag the process out over two days and like 10 hours… grrrr! Previously we have bought all new materials for lambing pens, it’s easier and then we have everything we need to start. But I am queen of cheap so I thought we could patch together some pens. Kevin likes things to look all nice and new, I realize that soon enough they will be smeared in placenta and other bodily excrements, so we slapped ‘em together. Most everything we had on hand.

             

Shopping with daddy... Hinges... Notice the double safety eye wear... you can never be too careful. Or level (pink level at that!). We never did break it to her that level was not important on this project... finally finished

We did have to make one run to Lowes/ TSC for random things and stuff. My favorite part of any project is when Kevin uses pink tools. Our sweet youngest daughter has a pink full-sized tool set, so when you ask for a certain tool, chances are when she hands it to you it will be pink. Love catching Kevin using a pink hammer. So ahead of schedule we have new lambing pens. Next up shearing day!

 


Posted 1/6/2013 6:38pm by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

 

Border Collie Pups For Sale-- All Puppies have been sol. Thank you for your interest.

We had a surprise batch of puppies right before Thanksgiving. Pups were all born on November 20 and are ready to find a new loving home. Seven puppies were in the litter 4 girls and 3 boys. The mother is our red female Gretta the father is our male dog, Ollie. All will be registered with the American Border Collie Association. Females are $300 and males are $250. Please send a message if you are interested to cheese@yellowhousecheese.com or call 330.416.8881.

 

Winky-- Female-- The smallest and the cutest. She has a fine white blaze and a full white chest. Has the shortest hair coat of the group.

        **SOLD**

Panda-- Male-- The first puppy born and has always been the biggest of the bunch. Seems to be the most obedient and is happy to please. He is also the one to find the softest place in the house to lie down to nap.

   **SOLD**

Harry Potter-- Male-- A sweet puppy with a nice white front. Very playful and sweet.

  **SOLD**

Hermione-- Female-- The largest female in the litter. She is the most timid and quietest of the group. Really pretty and marked nicely.

**SOLD**

Spice T-- Female-- The spunkiest of the puppies. She has a black face with only a small white speck on her crown. She likes to sleep on her back and is a lot of fun.

   **SOLD**

Big Whiskers-- Male-- A very pretty puppy. Quiet and nicely marked.

   **SOLD**

Dot-- Female-- Dot is the leader of the pack. A nice, gentle loving female. She is completely adorable.

**SOLD**

Posted 12/12/2012 12:42pm by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

Indoor Winter Farmers Market, Dec. 15-16, 2012


Yellow House Cheese will be at the Indoor Farmer's Market this weekend in Akron at Lock 3. Check the link for an entire weekend of fun things to do with the family.


http://www.downtownakron.com/enjoy/holidayfest

For the 6th year, a Winter Farmers Market will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 15-16, opening at 11 a.m. each day, with local hand-crafted food items and baskets for sale. The indoor market in the basement of the O'Neil's Building is set for Saturday, December 15 (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Sunday, December 16 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
 

From the field:

  

Around the farm:

We moved cows in this weekend. They had still been out on pasture, more than a month longer than last year. Thankful for an extra month of green grass, hay is really expensive this year. The sheep are still moving around the pasture on stockpiled grass. Hopefully they will be coming home around Christmas. And around Thanksgiving we had a litter of border collie puppies-- 7 of them!! 4 girls and 3 boys. They will be ABCA registered. They will not be ready for Christmas, but if you want a puppy, please message us at cheese@yellowhousecheese.com. Pictures will be posted shortly.
 

Family Funny:

We are getting ready to send out holiday packages to the family around the country. I always bake and make buckeye candies. Kevin joked about sending out Heart Attack Boxes. If you get one, you'll know it. We are sending out cheese, buckeyes, and chocolate chip cookies with bacon. Hope you get a gym membership from Santa.
 

Still need presents or a hostess gift?

Yellow House Cheese makes a great present and hostess gift at the holiday party. Call the farm and we will get your gifts ready for you to pick up. We also have lamb available. Start a new Christmas tradition and serve leg of lamb at your table this year.
 


Posted 11/13/2012 8:41am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

Yellow House Cheese will be out and about this week:


You can find us in Seville at the Christmas Preview. We will be serving our delicious cheese at Funky Junk Boutique on Thursday, November 15, serving from 11-9. All cheeses will be available for purchase and you can also pick up select lamb pieces as well. If you have never shopped at Funky Junk, or in downtown Seville, I encourage you to come out and support our small village. Funky Junk Boutique features vintage painted furniture, antiques, unique upcycled jewelry and accessories, and work by talented local artists. Funky Junk is also a proud retailer of Chalk Paint decorative brand paints by Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. What is cool about that? You can DIY your own projects with premium paint and make yourself look like a pro!

You don't have to leave Seville to get everything you need for the holidays! Get your food from Yellow House CheeseWhitefeather Meats, and Half Caked Treats; centerpieces from Seville Flower & Gift; Gifts from Funky Junk BoutiqueVintage Corner Antiques & CollectiblesSeville AntiquesThe Rusty Bucket, and Velvet's W. Main Framing. Then get yourself all prettied up at Tangerine Parlour, Innovations, or Seville Barber Shop. Help keep Downtown Seville growing.


On Saturday and Sunday, November 17 &18, Yellow House Cheese will be participating in the Farmer's Market during the Medina Candlelight Walk. The Candlelight walk is a great event featuring a lighted parade with Santa, caroling, carriage rides, ice carving, hot chocolate and all the shops in the historic district decorated for Christmas. You can really feel the hometown spirit of Medina at this event. There will be shuttles to move shoppers around the square and directly to Root Candles. We will be located in Root Candles for the duration of the event on Saturday and Sunday. Cheese, lamb and felted wool crafts will be available. This is a fun event day or night to attend with the entire family.



 

Lamb is now available


 

Lamb is now available at Yellow House Cheese. We have ground lamb, leg of lamb, shanks and lamb chops. If you are interested please call the farm at 330.769.9733.


Pictures from the Field


The sheep are still out on pasture. Hopefully they have about another 6 weeks of good grass before they come in for the winter. 

           

 

Where you can find us next:


 

Seville Christmas Preview at Funky Junk Boutique: Thursday, November 15

Medina Candlelight Walk: November 17 & 18 at Root Candle Company

Weiland's Gourmet Market

Jackson's Restaurant

And you can always call, cheese is available for sale from the farm.

 

Thank you for supporting our new business. If you know anyone else who would be interested in Yellow House Cheese, please pass along our newsletter, website link or facebook page.

Posted 11/1/2012 1:02pm by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

Raising Kids with Livestock


 

I couldn’t imagine raising my kids in town. Sometimes I know that we make them go on errands that they couldn’t care less about, but really I feel like we are giving them a great life with great experiences. On the farm the girls learn about birth, death, disappointments and joys. They get to live among life’s miracles every day. Life here gives my children responsibility. The girls are in charge of things that really matter to the day to day operations of the farm. Watering the sheep can seem like such a mundane task, but I really hope that every day as they stand next to the water tub they can see that they are nurturing the ewes with water that in turn gives our family the valuable sheep milk. I know that Ellen and Corinne will not be surprised or embarrassed during the eventual “Birds and the Bees” talk. They get it already and see it on the farm. Rams plus ewes equals baby lambs. Cows plus a straw of semen with some help from dad gives us calves in the spring and fall. My two girls are really great helpers and they make Kevin and I so proud. 

 

Lamb is now available


 

Lamb is now available at Yellow House Cheese. We have ground lamb, leg of lamb, shanks and lamb chops. If you are interested please call the farm at 330.769.9733.


Cheese Pictures from the Make Room and Aging Cave


 

           

 

Where you can find us next:


 

Seville Christmas Preview at Funky Junk Boutique: Thursday, November 15

Medina Candlelight Walk: November 17 & 18 at Root Candle Company

Weiland's Gourmet Market

Jackson's Restaurant

And you can always call, cheese is available for sale from the farm.

 

Thank you for supporting our new business. If you know anyone else who would be interested in Yellow House Cheese, please pass along our newsletter, website link or facebook page.