Spotlight on Open Farm Day, Celebrating Maine Agriculture

WINDSOR – Animals roamed a large fenced area on Sunday at Anchor ME Farm in Windsor as Brian Cribb, who co-owns the farm with his wife, Cara, explained why their little goat, Bruclin, had a leg cast.

“Sometimes goats just scream because they’re lonely, like, ‘I’m lonely!'” he said. “But it’s a bit different when they’re injured. And so we started to become connoisseurs, and we started to know how to tell the difference.

Brian Cribb said it looked like Bruclin had fallen from a small niche at a right angle to break his leg. The Cribbs were able to put a splint on Bruclin’s leg and get him to a vet. She is now recovering in a small enclosure while other goats keep her company.

Isaiah McMullen, 3, left, and his sister, Samantha, 6, of Arkeo Farm roam the paddock on Sunday while feeding meat and dairy goats during the farm’s open house. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Watch

With 39 ducks, 13 goats, 12 hens and three dogs, it’s clear there’s never a dull moment at the Cribbs’ 7-acre farm, one of 108 farms that took part in Sunday’s open day. The annual event, held on the fourth Sunday in July, is hosted by Real Maine, a program of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry that encourages Mainers to visit and learn about the many unique farms in the state.

Cara Cribb calls Anchor ME Farm a “wellness farm,” where people are invited to relax with the animals and stop by the gluten-free bakery.

“The feel-good part is because I invite people to do fun activities with animals because it’s a stress reliever,” she said. “I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I could use a lot of stress-free activities in my life.”

Cara Cribb said the idea of ​​relieving stress through animals came about after she suffered a traumatic injury nearly four years ago. In 2020, she and her husband bought the property and since then they have been building, modernizing and maintaining the farm – and welcoming visitors.

Piper Lozefski, 8, offers her brother, Reid, 2, a sample of goat cheese on a cracker on Sunday at the Arkeo Farm Open House in Sidney. Hannah McMullen, center, of Arkeo Farm prepares the next sample cheese made from goat’s milk on the farm. The children visited the farm with their parents Russ and Sara Lozefski from Belgrade. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Watch

Around noon on Sunday, around 30 people had turned up at the Cribbs’ farm – many more than expected.

In Sidney, the McMullen family of Arkeo Farm took part in the farm’s open day for the first time on Sunday, selling among other things meats, cheeses, fudge and caramel made from goat’s milk produced on their farm.

“People can come and see where their food comes from and see the animals,” said Andy McMullen, who owns the 11-acre property with his wife, Hannah. “We offer a bunch of samples of goat cheese, or chevre, which is a caramel sauce with goat’s milk, and fudge that we make with goat’s milk. We have a few different products.

The McMullens have lived on Sidney Farm for eight years, now housing around 30 goats, 30 chickens and a variety of rabbits.

“(Goat farming) started as a hobby for us about 12 years ago,” Hannah McMullen said. “Then we did more meat goats. We have always had dairy products, but this is the second year that we have sold dairy products. This farm has essentially been one of our passions.

Reid Lozefski, 2, gets a close look at meat and dairy goats at Arkeo Farm in Sidney on Sunday during the open house. Reid visited the farm with his sister, Piper, 8, and his parents Russ and Sara from Belgrade. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Watch

On Sunday, visitors to the Arkeo farm were able to feed the goats and taste several dairy products. The McMullens sell their produce on the farm and at the Boothbay Farmer’s Market.

Among the visitors, the Lozefski family is no stranger to Open Day.

“We’ve been doing it for quite some time,” Belgrade’s Sara Lozefski said. “We had met Misty Acres Alpaca Farm. When I took my two kids in May, the owners told us to come back this time of year to see the baby goats and alpacas.

Lozefski was there with her husband, Russ, and her children Piper, 8, and Reid, 2.

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Robert M. Larson