Bloomers

How can it be....the most wonderful time of the year again...already?!

Well here we are, busy preparing for our most favourite event of the year….again! It doesn’t seem like we are 10 months into the year already, that 2018 is beginning to wind down already. This year has really flown by!

None the less, we are rapidly approaching our 5th Annual Christmas Open House, it’s equally as hard to believe that we are nearing our 5th season of kicking off Christmas with our Open House.

We are really looking forward to things this year! As with any business and event, we have some changes up our sleeves to improve things, and keep it exciting.

We have a great lineup of vendors, an appearance both days by Santa, great live music provided by local Jay Rovillos, and some great treats, refreshments and food!

Follow our Facebook page for updates, sneak peaks and more leading up to the event.

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Looking forward to the season and seeing everyone!

Can’t wait to see you out for our 5th Annual Christmas event! Please invite your friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers!

Can’t wait to see you out for our 5th Annual Christmas event! Please invite your friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers!

New Arrival!

This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind around Bloomers Family Farm!

For the last couple of years Hayley, along with her friend Lindsey, has been involved in the Ilderton 4H Sheep Club.  When they first started out they purchased a lamb in March/April, worked with it throughout the spring and summer and then participated in both the Western Fair 4H Show, and the Ilderton Fair 4H Achievement Day.   At the Ilderton Fair they would sell their sheep in the Open Sale.

 

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Last year they both decided that they would venture into the world of Breeding Ewe’s....this meant that they didn’t sell them at the Ilderton Fair they brought them home with them and borrowed a Ram (that they named Ronny), with the hopes of having baby lambs.    If things worked out then the girls could produce their own 4H animals, and not have to spend the money purchasing them from someone else. They could also raise the animal from birth, get to know it, grow with it and work with it earlier on, to hopefully have a successful show year in 4H.

 

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Ronny with his ladies!!

 

This venture opened a whole new world for this farm....sheep are not something that we have ever had, so we are learning as we go!   We have done lots of research online, in books and through social media by watching videos and reading posts by various sheep farmers.   Thankfully we have friends and acquaintances who have been in the business of sheep farming for many years, and have been very helpful! 

 

Ronny arrived mid October, so 152 days from that time, we assumed if they got pregnant, they would lamb sometime during March Break (March 12-16).   Hayley was quite excited that she might be able to be around when it happened.  

 

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Both these lovely ladies have grown significantly over the last couple of months.   There has been much discussion about procedures, and plans for the arrival of baby lambs throughout the weeks!    

 

As per usual in the farming world, nothing ever usually goes exactly as planned.   On Saturday this weekend, Steve was gone to hockey with the little boys, Hayley was gone for the weekend, I was getting ready for a baby shower and Wendy was working in the store.   A typical, busy Saturday around here.    

Wendy came to the door very quickly to let me know that Clare had just went into the barn and found a baby lamb had just been born!!!  Yikes!! These “exciting” things always seem to happen when Steve is off the farm, and that isn’t often, thankfully.   So I quickly changed my clothes and headed out to see what had transpired. 

 

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We are excited to welcome a little boy, whom the girls decided to name “Curious George”, to the farm!!!  Mama and baby are doing very well!   This little guy is strong, he was up and standing quickly and found his way to nurse shortly there after.   The cutest little lamb!  Curious George is from Lindsey’s sheep, Hayley is anxiously awaiting the arrival of hers, whom looks ready to pop any day now! 

 

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So here we go on the next adventure on Bloomers Family Farm!  Be sure to follow along with us!

The most wonderful time of the YEAR!

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I can't believe it is that time of the year again already!!!  I'm not sure where the time has gone! Now that the Ilderton Fair and Thanksgiving are past us, we are in full on Christmas Open House mode!

We have our lineup of wonderfully, amazing vendors ready to go, and are making plans to make this the best Open House yet!

Join us on Friday, November 10, 2017, the store will be open at 10:00am regular business hours, but will remain open until 9:00pm that day.   Our fabulous vendors will join us from 5:00-9:00pm.   Or you can join us all on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10:00-5:00pm, or better yet join us both days!

We will have Christmas décor & giftware, meat specials, draws & giveaways, treats and warm drinks!   There will be lot's to see, all while embracing the "Country" Christmas feel.

Make sure to add this event to your calendar, and plan to come out and see us!

Find a list of our amazing vendors on our Facebook page and listed in our "event"! 

Fall = Ilderton Fair!

Not only does September mean the start of school, but in this neck of the woods it also means the excitement of Ilderton Fair is in the air!   For our family Ilderton Fair is almost as good as the Christmas season, we get so excited as we anticipate the arrival of the fair each year!

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We generally only close the store for holidays, and Ilderton Fair is no exception.   Because we close the store on the Saturday of Ilderton Fair every year, we thought we would give you a look into why we are so passionate about it.

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Our family is involved in the fair in many, many ways.   Steve and his dad, Clare, have been both volunteers and board members with the Ilderton Fair for years.    They along will many, many other amazing volunteers give hours upon hours of their time to help make the fair as successful as possible.

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All 4 of the kids are involved in the fair in one way or another.   Both of the "bigs" (Nathan & Hayley), are involved in a local 4H club, beef and sheep respectively.  On the Saturday both of these 4H clubs hold their achievement day.   The bigs work all summer on their animals preparing them for the achievement day at the fair.   It's a great experience for them, and a nice way to end the club each year.  

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On the Friday night of the fair, Nathan participates in the Beef Show and Sale.  We are very thankful to our butcher Trevor Edwards of Zurich Meat Market for supporting Nathan and buying his steer this year!   On Saturday afternoon once he has finished his 4H achievement day Nathan participates in the calf scramble.   Crowds of people come out to watch this event and cheer on the kids who get up enough nerve to "throw their hat in the ring" as they say.   Nathan has also begun to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and help out wherever and whenever he is needed around the fair.  He was able to help out during the tractor pull and demo derby, and helped with set up and tear down over the course of the weekend.    Steve is also involved in the 4H achievement day as he has been a leader for the 4H Beef Club for the last number of years.   He enjoys working with the kids and their animals, and spends most of his Saturday at the fair, in the barn helping to make things run as smoothly as possible for the 4H club.  

                                                                                                                

 

Nathan attempting to put a halter on a calf during the calf scramble.

Nathan attempting to put a halter on a calf during the calf scramble.

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 Historically Hayley has also sold her lamb, however this year after a suggestion from her dad she decided to try her hand at a breeding ewe.   This meant that she would show her ewe for the 4H achievement day but it came home with us this time.   She is currently in the process of having her ewe bred by a ram, whom she named Ronny, and is hopeful for some baby lambs some time in March if all goes well.    A very exciting venture for her and the farm this year!

 

 

Hayley and her "partner in crime" after their 4H achievement day show.

Hayley and her "partner in crime" after their 4H achievement day show.

The "littles" (Mason & Wyatt), have begun their involvement in the fair by following in big brothers footsteps of participating in the mutton busting!   A major event throughout the weekend of the fair, one that draws crowds of people to watch, definitely a must see attraction!   Aside from that they just love to "live" at the fair, cheering on their siblings, and taking in all there is to see and do.   It's great to have such an amazing event right in your own backyard, in a wonderful community!

The "littles" and their buddy proudly showing their earnings after participating in the mutton busting!

The "littles" and their buddy proudly showing their earnings after participating in the mutton busting!

We (Bloomers), were fortunate enough this year to be able to donate the prize to the winner of the Baking Category in the Homecraft Department, with the highest number of points!  Congratulations to Shannon Dewan!

We (Bloomers), were fortunate enough this year to be able to donate the prize to the winner of the Baking Category in the Homecraft Department, with the highest number of points!  Congratulations to Shannon Dewan!

So as you can see we are very invested in our local fair, we love to support our community and the hard work of the many volunteers that pull it off every year, rain or shine!   If you haven't had a chance to visit, be sure to make a point to come on out next year and see what you've been missing!  

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Hayley and her friends playing the Bubble Soccer!

Hayley and her friends playing the Bubble Soccer!

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We are so thankful to all of our amazing customers for understanding our desire to support our community!

Spring!

First litter of kittens of the year!   Midnight had 6 healthy, cute kittens this year.   She is a great mama!

First litter of kittens of the year!   Midnight had 6 healthy, cute kittens this year.   She is a great mama!

Spring is in full swing around here these days!!  I LOVE this time of year....besides the green grass, and all the plants blooming and growing, spring means new baby calves, new baby chicks, new baby kittens, and the cattle get to head to pasture!

First day for the Mama's and their babes on pasture!   They LOVE the fresh grass!

First day for the Mama's and their babes on pasture!   They LOVE the fresh grass!

This week has been a busy one....with the weather the way it's been things have been a little delayed on the field work.   The guys have been working long hours the last couple of days, fertilizing pasture fields, fixing fences, cultivating land, moving cattle, planting hay, and so on.   Everything is happening at the same time this year it seems, but can't change the weather so we just roll with the punches!

The boys love watching the equipment in the field at this time of the year!  Mason is enjoying watching Robson Bros big corn planter planting our corn, and Daddy and Papa cultivating the land ahead of the planter.   Lot's to see in one field!

The boys love watching the equipment in the field at this time of the year!  Mason is enjoying watching Robson Bros big corn planter planting our corn, and Daddy and Papa cultivating the land ahead of the planter.   Lot's to see in one field!

First batch of chickens for this year!  They grow so quickly!  We purchase them as day old chicks, and raise them until 10 weeks.

First baby calf of the season!!  Born March 23, 2017....a bull calf, which means a boy!

First baby calf of the season!!  Born March 23, 2017....a bull calf, which means a boy!

Like I said this is a great time of year, we get to experience so many things on the farm!  Each and every day seems to bring something new.   The kids learn so much on a daily basis, I'm so thankful for the opportunity to bring them up here!   So many invaluable life lessons can be and are learned.   Happy Spring Y'all!