Cate Hill Orchard & Sheep Dairy

If Vermont had royalty, there’s no doubt that Maria Schumann and Josh Karp would both be among them. Both have deep roots in Vermont soil. At their sheep dairy and heirloom apple orchard in Greensboro Bend, VT, they specialize in sheep milk products (including cheese and yogurt), CBD products, and apples. Being community-minded, they also host interactive nature activities, farm dinners, and singing events that celebrate the diverse traditions of farming.

Wool Sorting

To be honest, there was a lot to sort in this wool. Maria and Josh had two years of fleece accumulated, perhaps 300 pounds of wool! The wool was clean, but there was britch wool to remove and some wool that was a little too coarse to use. What can I say? I’m picky! I came out with a little over 100 pounds of wool.

East Friesian Sheep

East Friesians are dairy sheep, first and foremost. Producing more milk than a ewe’s lambs need is a genetically complex feature, so East Friesians are selected for milking ability before wool genetics. Nevertheless, their wool proved soft and pleasant to work with. I was thinking of something practical for all-around use.

Made from Cate Hill wool