Updates & Blog

Posted 2/20/2012 9:21am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

Things have been moving a little quicker at Yellow House Cheese over the President’s Day weekend. Kristyn was fortunate to be able to attend a 3-day cheese making class in Wilmot, Ohio taught by The Three Shepherds of the Mad River Valley from Vermont. The class was very nicely taught and I met some really nice people. Most of all the class really prepared me for making cheese in my own make room. I am now confident that I can turn milk into cheese!

While I was at class, Kevin and our dear neighbors and friends were helping around the creamery. Excavating work got done, plumbing is nearly complete, my sink leg was welded back together and the refrigerator is working again!  Huge accomplishments for us!!

This weekend I found time to take Kevin on his first tip to Menards. While that doesn’t seem like much, when you are do-it-yourselfers like us, Menard’s is somewhat of the Holy Grail when it comes to selection. While I do consider the trip to the home improvement store as a date, we also found time to go out for an actual date on Saturday night, too.

This morning we moved three loads of clover baleage to the house while the ground was frozen. That should last us another two months or so.

We still have a full day in front of us, I hope it continues to be productive!

Posted 2/6/2012 11:20am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

So our first new piece of major equipment arrived this weekend. It involved an adventurous ride through Amish country in near white-out conditions. Now keep in mind the forecast called for 10 straight days of sunshine... 

So what did we get? Our sheep milking stand and head gate!

This is where the lady sheep will come twice a day to get milked. They will enter and exit on the same side, coming up a ramp to come in and going down the ramp to get out. I think it is going to take a little training to get the ewes comfortable with the system. But once they see the food in the trough, I’m pretty sure they’ll get the picture.

This amazing piece of equipment was purchased from Nelson Weaver of Trail Farm Supply near Trail, Ohio. I would recommend doing business with him anytime. He makes all aluminum and galvanized gates, headlocks, horse stalls, dairy equipment and more. I look forward to doing more business with Nelson as we continue to grow and update the barn.

Posted 1/15/2012 1:26pm by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

That’s right! Electric has made its way into the building! We now have power in the creamery!! Maybe tomorrow we can get it over to the milking parlor as well. Real lights, outlets and no more extension cords. I have some really cool light switches, one toggle and one light up. I wired the GFI outlets and Kevin did the rest. He is really great at that fixing stuff and making it work.

Seems like lambing is right around the corner... so we must keep on digging out the root cellar!

Posted 1/10/2012 6:11am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

Work is still continuing on the creamery. Lights and electric are getting wired in this week. Buckets of dirt keep coming out of the root cellar. I am hoping that it will be an aging cave sooner than later. The sheep have been happy in the barn. Nosy & curious everytime I go into check, they always nibble on my coat yet scurry when I try to pet them.

Posted 12/24/2011 8:53am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

Yellow House Cheese wishes all of our friends, families and customers a Merry Christmas! Looking forward to "Sharing Our Farm With You" in 2012. Thank you for all of your support and well wishes as we start our new business. Kevin & Kristyn

Posted 12/15/2011 6:55am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

Well yesterday we took our three fall ram lambs to Mount Hope for the Christmas lamb sale. It is always a little sad to take the babies to the sale barn. But, I know they lived a happy, loving life while they were here. I hope that whomever prepares them this holiday season is thankful to a family for raising their meal in a natural, caring way.

Posted 12/2/2011 8:56am by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

So about the back yard...

We are in the process of running utilities to both the barn and the creamery and what we have the most of is mud. MUD! Everywhere! Hoping that this weekend we can control the mud and get the utilities in place and start the clean up.

Posted 11/22/2011 1:20pm by Kevin & Kristyn Henslee.

 

Well not anymore!

After being on the to-do list all summer, Kevin was finally able to put the front barn door together and hang it up on the barn. We can finally check that off the long, never ending list!! Up next... running the utilities to the barn. Imagine the convenience for having lights and water in the barn and not running extension cords and hoses!!