THE SHEEP SHEARER
Graciano, the sheep shearer, will demonstrate how the sheep are freed from their winter woolies. Participants will also be able to see what happens to the fleece once it leaves the sheep (washing, carding, dyeing, and spinning).
Sheep Shearing Weekends takes place at the historic Highland Springs Ranch & Inn (est. 1884) located in Cherry Valley, CA. Get a close-up view of how our sheep are shorn and how we process our wool. Guests can learn about natural dyes, how to wash wool, and visit our farm to feed our organic sheep.
Saturdays and Sundays in March 2021
10 am - 4 pm*
*(Sheep Shearing demonstrations are held from 11 am - 2 pm)
VIP members get free admission for member plus one guest and free parking for one vehicle.
Blue members get free admission for member and free parking for one vehicle.
Sheep Shearing Weekends takes place outdoors. Other than restrooms, indoor spaces will not be available to the public. We ask that all guests observe social distancing guidelines by maintaining a distance of a minimum of 6 ft from other parties. All guests will be required to wear a face covering and/or face shield. Orders from the Eatery will be available for takeout and outdoor seating will only be available if there are no local restrictions put in order. Guests who are showing COVID-like symptoms, or have been recently exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19 should not come to the farm.
Guardian Dogs on Duty. Absolutely NO pets allowed. They are protecting the property and friendly to people, however they are NOT friendly to outside animals.
Centered around the Organic Galleries, Sheep Shearing Weekends offers a limited number of sheep and wool related activities including various crafts, hands-on experiences in wool processing and lamb-themed dishes from the Eatery.
Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
Private dining rooms are available to rent for $40 per room. Click here to reserve a room.
SPICY HUNGARIAN SAUSAGE
spicy sausages served with sauerkraut on a hoagie roll with a bag of chips 13
SPICY POLISH SAUSAGE
sausage served with sauerkraut on a hoagie roll with a bag of chips 13
SPICY LAMB SAUSAGE
served on a hoagie roll with roasted peppers, pickled red onions and yogurt sauce with a bag of chips 14
1/4 pound all beef Hebrew National hot dog served on a hoagie roll with a bag of chips 10
Sheep Cookies 3
Sheep Cupcake 4
Sheep Funnel Cake 13
Lavender Cheesecake 6
HOUSEMADE ORGANIC ICE CREAM 6
Vanilla Olive Oil
Cookies and Cream
ground lamb, root vegetables cooked in a rich tomato sauce*, covered with creamy mashed potato and sourdough bread crumbs 14
grilled lamb burger on brioche bun with lavender onion jam goat cheese spread, wild arugula and tzatziki sauce* with rosemary garlic fries 12
LAMB & VEGETABLE STEW IN A BREAD BOWL
all natural lamb braised in a rich tomato and red wine sauce*, herbs and spices 15
CREAM OF CHICKEN & WILD RICE IN A BREAD BOWL 13
all pizzas come with our house made marinara* sauce and fresh mozzarella
Organic Margherita 14
Fig & Goat 15
BBQ Chicken 15
Lamb Sausage 16
ROASTED BEET BURGER*
organic thick cut red beet, served on brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki with a side salad 15
The Sheep Ornament Kit
Wrap yarn around the sheep to create a woolly ornament.
Duration to complete: 15-30 minutes
The Pom Pom Sheep Kit
Wrap yarn around the included pom pom maker to create your own fluffy sheep!
Duration to complete: 15-30 minutes
Level: Intermediate, ages 9 +
The Tassel Keychain Kit
Create your very own gorgeous macrame tassel keychain!
Duration to complete: 30 minutes
Level: Intermediate, ages 9+
The Dreamcatcher Kit
Everything you need to create your very own dreamcatcher.
Duration to complete: 90-100 minutes
Level: Difficult, ages 12
Learn about wool processing, beginning with wool washing.
See how natural dyes are made using leaves, herbs and other organic materials from our farm.
Find all seventeen clues to solve the riddle and claim your prize! Come to the Bazaar for your game board.
Time: 12 pm & 2 pm
Join local storyteller, Laura, for exciting stories with singing, dancing, and a free craft.
Time: 11 am - 2 pm
View a demonstration of our sheep being shorn of their wool. In order to maintain social distance from other parties, guests may be required to wait in line until a seat opens up.
Time: 2 pm and 3 pm
A farmer will guide you to harvest your own olive branches to feed our sheep. Please note the sheep field is about a 10-15 minute walk on uneven terrain and is not wheelchair accessible. This activity may not be ideal for guests who have difficulty walking.
Sheep Herding Demonstration
Time: 12 pm & 3 pm (March 20 & 21 only)
This demonstration will show the human/dog partnership and its value on a working sheep farm. A live simulation of a sheep herding competition sill be presented. Come and see dogs at all levels of training as they help their human handlers with the livestock.
Time: 11 am & 1 pm (March 27 & 28 only)
Dana Rochat is an all-breed herding trainer and breeder of Australian Cattle Dogs. She has travelled throughout the U.S. the past 10 years to dog show competitions with her heelers. Dana is now training and giving lessons in Cherry Valley at the neighboring Oaks Ranch. Dana will be demonstrating how she uses her Australian herding dogs, to work her sheep in the sheep shearing pen from 11 am to 1 pm on both March 27th and March 28th
Parking is available on-site for $5.
Please click here to purchase in advance.
Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions by filling out the form below or by calling us at 951-845-1151.
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Other Events at 123 Farm
Our most popular event. Join us as we celebrate the blooming of our lavender. Enjoy an organic marketplace and festive food and drinks made with lavender.
The 'Beer Garden' is hosted by The Grand Oak restaurant with housemade sausages, paninis, wood-fired sourdough pizza, craft beer, wine and housemade ice cream. The Beer Garden is open to all ages.
Join in a community olive harvest, view a live olive oil pressing demonstration, and enjoy an olive-inspired food menu.
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10600 Highland Springs Ave., Cherry Valley, CA 92223 Tel. 951-845-1151 Fax. 951-845-8090