Thursday, August 27, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Yak It Up! Sunday Community Celebration On Waitsfield's Old County Road

Can you say "yak meat balls"?

Join the owners of Vermont Yak Company - Dave Hartshorn, Susan and Ted Laskaris, and Kate and Rob Williams - at the Yellow Farm House Inn on Waitsfield's Old County Road this Sunday, August 30 between 3 and 5 p.m. for an afternoon of music, munchies and fun. "We wanted to celebrate our first full year in business, and thank our Mad River neighbors for all of their support, and having a community party seemed a good way to do it," says the yak team. Yak meatballs and other light food fare, live music byEliza Lynn and Phineas Gage, and a chance to visit with the yaks grazing in the Yellow Farm Inn pasture will be a part of the afternoon. The event is free and families are welcome. Bring a picnic blanket, some drinks, and a frisbee or three to try your hand at the Inn's frisbee golf tee.

For more information, call 279.3364 or email

Monday, August 24, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Surf and Turf, Yak Style!

We had a chance to visit with some old friends in Yarmouth, Maine, this past week-end.

They had not yet had yak, so we threw some yak sirloins in the cooler, and they gathered some fresh Maine lobsters, and we combined culinary forces for one of the most remarkable summer meals of the season.

Here are the "ocean spiders:"

And here is the yak sirloin:

Papa Steve and son Elias are chowing down on some yak meat here.

Yak and Lobster - a great combo!

Friday, August 14, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Come On Down To The Washington County Fair!

Fair Days are here!

The yak team met early this morning at Steadfast Farm to load up Tashi (the very first yak born on Vermont soil - born May 12, 2008) and baby calf Kate's Pride (born August 1, 2009 - just 2 short weeks ago) on the big John Deere pick-up/hauler and bring 'em down the road to Kenyon's General Store.

Tashi seemed in his element - he's gotten awfully big since last spring, but is still happy enough to have a halter on him - all that bottle-feeding seems to be paying off (fingers crossed). And Kate's Pride is the durn cutest yak I ever did see.

Here's a look at the animal tent - we're easy to find, on the south end of the fair grounds, almost right next to to the incoming road.

Here's the official skinny on the Washington County Fair:

Come enjoy the yesteryears of a small fair. Cows, goats, horses, sheep, Gymkhana, amateur photo contest, quilt contest, ice-cream eating contest. Many 4-H displays to include new for 2009 vegetables and floral arrangements. Great food and entertainment daily plus a midway carnival to entice any age. Free on grounds parking.

This is Vermont Yak Company's very first county fair - we're a bit nervous, very excited, and looking forward to sharing our yaks and our vision with all comers. Here's a look at our booth, with Theron, Anneka and Emma holding down the yak mojo.

This is the first time in a while that the county fair is being held in the Mad River Valley - thanks to Doug and Donna Kenyon for offering their property - and here's a map to get to the fair.

We hope to see you this week-end!