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#TakeOverTuesday: Spicy Lamb Farm, Summit County

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Hello! We are Spicy Lamb Farm in Summit County for your #TakeOverTuesday! We raise Dorset sheep, Rouen duck, bees, organic varieties of apples, pears, and plums, spicy herbs and vegetables, and flowers. Our wool blankets, yarns, roving, and fiber crafts are available at the farm during special events and at the Yellow Creek Trading Company in Peninsula. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Spicy Lamb Farm in Summit County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #spicylarmbfarm #lamb #lambsofohio #ohiolamb #dorsetsheep #ohiobees #ohiohoney

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Dorset wool is a medium fiber wool that spins easily. It is considered one of the softest breeds in the Down classification of wool types. The fleeces are lofty, air-trapping, and very warm, with locks and minimal crimp in the raw fleece. It is commonly used for long-wearing socks, sweaters, and other outer garments. It is our flock’s normal shelter. It keeps them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Each Spring, just before lambing, we shear our sheep and send it to our woolen mill. Our blankets, yarn, and roving start as raw wool from our sheep. First, the wool is washed with liquid soap and hot water. Raw wool contains 10 to 25 percent grease or “lanolin,” which is recovered during the scouring process. After the wool is washed, it weighs almost forty percent less, now that the dirt and grease are out. The wool is then dried.A carding machine combs and brushes the wool into roving material. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Spicy Lamb Farm in Summit County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #spicylarmbfarm #lamb #lambsofohio #ohiolamb #dorsetsheep #ohiobees #ohiohoney

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The wool is then spun into yarn. The wool yarn is warped onto a loom. Sixteen hundred warp threads make up a blanket, and each one is fed through a loom. After the blankets are preshrunk in steaming hot soap and water, they are hung to dry in the dry house, and brushed again to make them fluffy, then hemmed, folded and packaged for shipment back to the farm. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Spicy Lamb Farm in Summit County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #spicylarmbfarm #lamb #lambsofohio #ohiolamb #dorsetsheep #ohiobees #ohiohoney

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The Spicy Lamb Farm is honored to host the annual Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials. The Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials (CVSDT) is a competitive trial in which herding dogs move sheep around a field, through gates, penning and shedding them as directed by their handlers. These trials have been held in this country since the 1880s. The CVSDT’s Open class is sanctioned by the United States Border Collie Handlers Association (USBCHA). . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Spicy Lamb Farm in Summit County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #spicylarmbfarm #lamb #lambsofohio #ohiolamb #dorsetsheep #ohiobees #ohiohoney

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We also host an annual Herding Training Clinic with Lyle Lad on the first weekend in May. The 2018 dates are May 5th and 6th. These clinics are limited to 12 dogs. Privates sessions are also available on May 4th only for those in the clinic. All breeds and levels may sign up for a two day clinic with Lyle, who has been training dogs and trialing for 30 years. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Spicy Lamb Farm in Summit County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #spicylarmbfarm #lamb #lambsofohio #ohiolamb #dorsetsheep #ohiobees #ohiohoney

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Our free range Rouen Duck has a rich flavor that makes a delicious and nutritious alternative to other meats. Duck fat has similar health benefits to olive oil and other unsaturated fats and is rendered out in cooking, creating a tasty and healthy dinner. Ducklings come fully processed and frozen for freshness with a giblet pack. The net weight is about 5-6 pounds. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Spicy Lamb Farm in Summit County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #spicylarmbfarm #lamb #lambsofohio #ohiolamb #dorsetsheep #ohiobees #ohiohoney

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We have planted a tall spindle orchard with an assortment of apple and pear varieties. We also grow our own exotic and ethnic organic herbs and vegetables to complement lamb and duck dishes. To pollinate our trees, we also keep honey bees and harvest honey. Fresh flowers are also grown on the farm. These products are grown on The Spicy Lamb Farm and are only available during harvest season. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Spicy Lamb Farm in Summit County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #spicylarmbfarm #lamb #lambsofohio #ohiolamb #dorsetsheep #ohiobees #ohiohoney

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Amanda Domsitz 

Amanda Domsitz is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.