I have to admit that the 332 miles of shoreline in my home state is my favorite part, but there are so many more places to visit in Connecticut! And today, for Friday field trip, I am sharing one of these places – Connecticut’s largest sheep farm.
Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm, located on a 175-acre setting in the town of Lyme, has been owned by Stan and Suzanne Sankow since 1984.
Named after the creek that runs through the property and continues on to the Connecticut River, Sankow’s is currently home to 600 sheep.
The farm makes and sells artisanal sheep and cow’s milk cheeses as well as yogurts, milk, and gelato.
The wool shop features handspun wool garments for sale and the farm store also sells fresh lamb meats and homemade entrees such as white bean chili and lamb curry stew.
I have to say, I found the idea of purchasing lamb meats or entrees made with lamb a little unnerving after feeling like I developed a relationship with the resident sheep! But, I did leave the farm with some sheep’s cheese that I later used in a pasta dish back at home. Afterward, I felt really guilty about eating it because I learned, that although sheep’s milk has more calcium than cow’s milk, it also contains almost double the fat!
It is a lovely time of year to visit Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm to spend some quality time with these gentle animals while admiring the (soon to be) breathtaking backdrop of fall foliage. It is open 9 to 4 daily.
I hope you enjoyed today’s visit to the sheep farm!
Fun sheep fact…What do you call a group of sheep? Did you say flock? Herd, mob, drove, or trip are also used! Have a wonderful weekend!
Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie