Friday, July 31, 2009

YAK TRACKS: American YAKBread, T Shirts and Burdock Bashing...

What a week! Before we head out on vacation tomorrow, let's do a photo wrap up.

Here are some "Yakberry" photos.

AMERICAN FLATBREAD served up a delicious yak sausage Flatbread.

THE COLLECTION gift shop in Waitsfield is now carrying our T Shirts:

We've adopted a new "stuffed yak" mascot - you haven't seen the last of him.

We've had quite a week at the yak farm.

And five UVM students showed up today to help me bash burdocks. Here. Brittany is wearing a "burr lei."


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Why Yak Burgers Are So Durn Good!

Check our the Passionate Foodie's blog for some tasty thoughts about yak burgers.

The guy seems to know what he's talking about.

And get a load of these yak burgers, above!

Throw another yak on the barbie, eh?

YAK TRACKS: Where Can I Buy Yak In New York City?

Look no further than Himalayan Yak.

Their Nepalese restaurant is featured in today's New York Times.

Monday, July 27, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Haying and the "Hamster Habitrail" Maneuver

Sure, haying is hard work.

But there are moments of inspiration, as well - like when Ben taught me how to properly move the giant round hay holder from one paddock to another a few weeks back.

50 round bales in - another 60 plus to go - come on, sun!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

YAK TRACKS: LETTER - Hi, this is Texas calling - we'd like to buy some Yak Ribeye..?!

From the "You know you might have a successful product when..." department. Or - "When Texans call you to order Ribeyes, you know you are on to something."

This is an email we received yesterday.

Hi Rob,

My son and I were there at the last weeks Farmers Market and bought 5 of the Rib Eyes and they were absolutly fantastic.

Now we are back in Austin, Texas and would like to get some shipped to me for all my friends here in Texas.

This is possible I hope, as we are looking forward to getting some shipped to us.

You charged me 14.99 a pound and I know there is shipping.

Can you tell me what it would cost to get 5 or 10 pounds?

Thank you and have a fantastic day.

Monday, July 20, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Thanks to FARMING magazine's Patrick White for this story!

Patrick White wrote a nice feature article on our efforts for the current issue of FARMING magazine.

His article THE YAK TRACK details the background for our first year of efforts.

Thanks, Patrick!

YAK TRACKS: Scenes From Saturday's Farmer's Market

And the best moment?

The 12-year-old kid from New Hampshire who sampled our grilled ground yak and said:

"That is the best meat I've ever tasted."

Now that's a rave.

Here are some shots of Emma and Ani, who worked the register like experienced veterans.

Monday, July 13, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Getting the Hay In...

Always good to start storing winter feed for our yaks.

Especially this year, with the rain-soaked June and July we've had - nice to have just a wee bit of dry weather to tedder our way to success.

Watch Susan rock it on the Deere.


Friday, July 10, 2009

YAK TRACKS: "Two Fisted" Bottle Feeding and the latest in YAK FASHION!

Is Kate a pro, or what?

And Ted models the latest in yak fashion with hair right off the farm. Someone call Versace!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Mama Ilia Gives Birth, and Nox Comes to Nursing HQ!

Years from now, when people asked us what in our lives brought us he most joy, we'll be able to say:

"Bottle-feeding yak calves."

Congratulations to first-time Mama Ilia, who gave birth yesterday to a sturdy baby girl.

And welcome to Williams summertime bottle-feeding HQ, Nox! We trust that you and Baby Flo will get along famously.