sheep fall small groupBrambleberry B&B is part of a large, diversified working farm. We have a menagerie of farm animals. Some of them, like the pigs and chickens, help provide fresh, natural food for our breakfast table. We believe in a sustainable lifestyle and raise our animals in humane conditions.

One of our favorite experiences in England was seeing the many flocks of sheep grazing on pastoral, green hillsides, watching the lambs frolic and hearing the soothing sounds of sheep bleating. We raise Suffolk and purebred registered Scottish Blackface sheep. The Scottish Blackface is the premier hill sheep of the Scottish Lowlands and has been in existence since the 1200s. Each year we offer raw fleeces and breeding stock for sale. In fall we have grass-fed slaughter lambs for sale. Call now to book.

We also have started a Scottish Highland cattle herd. These beautiful and rugged cows are known for their prominent horns and shaggy coats. They are also very self-sufficient cattle because they can survive on less than ideal pasture. The meat is very lean and healthy. The animals are grass fed and take longer to mature than other breeds. The cattle graze on pasture during the growing season and are fed hay during the winter months.

highland cowsOur group of hens provide us with eggs much of the year and the breeds include Speckled Sussex and Buff Orpingtons, both English breeds.

Every year we get a new group of pigs, who have distinct personalities and are very social animals. Our pigs enjoy a mud bath on hot summer days as pigs have no sweat glands and wallow to keep cool.

Brambleberry grows its own organic produce, from fruit like raspberries and strawberries to an assortment of vegetables that are used in breakfasts to B&B guests in the summer through the fall.

The homesteading philosophy is a strong part of how we live and the lifestyle we enjoy sharing with our guests.

Blog Posts

Getting ready for lambing season

Our flock of Scottish Blackface sheep has been shorn. We always used to shear after lambing was done, but it’s actually better to have clean-shaven ewes during lambing season — especially when you have hairy sheep like  Scottish Blackface. The ewes are cleaner and it gives the lambs a better chance to latch onto a […]

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Chickens start to fly the coop

Brambleberry's chickens

The three dozen chicks we got back in May are now chickens. Recently they had their first taste of the outdoors when we cleaned their coop. The birds were reluctant to leave the coop; we were forced to carry most of them out, but once they were in the barnyard they started exploring and scratching […]

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New additions to Brambleberry Farms

We have two new residents on Brambleberry Farms! Welcome Henrietta and Jennifer, two Minature Mediterranean Donkeys. The jennets (or jennies, both refer to female donkeys) were acquired from our local veterinarians and farmers Carlos Gonzalez and Jill Kramer. We traded three Scottish Blackface sheep for the girls. Mini donkeys are native to the Mediterranean islands […]

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Sheep at Brambleberry Farms

The lambs all been weaned with the exception of one young ram who is still drinking from the bottle. Most of our 2016 lambs have been sold and the ones that remain will be added to our flock or direct-marketed this fall. We had about 30 lambs born this spring.

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Garden starts to take shape

There’s a lot of garden work going on at Brambleberry this spring. We are moving our vegetable garden to a new location. Our former garden was on low-lying land prone to late and early frosts. So we picked up a spot above the equipment shed where we had the pigs the past two years. So […]

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Hard frost hits Brambleberry

Wisconsin springs are hard on gardeners and farmers. May 15 the overnight low in Jackson County dipped to 19 degrees. We registered 28 degrees at 6 a.m. but that reading was from a  thermometer on our porch, so it was probably in the mid-20s on the ground. We covered as many flowers as we could, […]

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Blooms of spring at Brambleberry

The signs of spring have come to Brambleberry’s crab apple and apple trees, which are in full bloom. We also have numerous wild apple trees that add color to our woods. Our lilac hedge is just beginning to bloom and their fragrant bouquet is a tantalizing scent of spring. The tulips are in full bloom […]

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Nature Trails

We offer two different scenic trails for our guests’ enjoyment. The Creekside Trail (1.7 miles) showcases the natural beauty of our valley. The trail takes you along farm fields and springs which are source of the creek and the creek bottoms. One of the springs turns into a quiet brook which feeds into the creek […]

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Brambleberry Maple Syrup

Our philosophy at Brambleberry Farms is to live sustainably off the land, enjoying the bounties that nature provides.A maple tap dripping sap at Brambleberry Farms One of the ways we do that is to make our own maple syrup from the trees on our farm. Late February and Bags of maple sap are ready to […]

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Brambleberry Pigs

Every year we get a new group of pigs, who have distinct personalities and are very social animals. Our pigs enjoy a mud bath on hot summer days as pigs have no sweat glands and wallow to keep cool. Contrary to popular belief, pigs are very clean animals. Our pigs are raised outdoors in a […]

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Homesteading at Brambleberry

Brambleberry is a largely self-sufficient 80-acre modern day homestead. We have a strong belief that it is our obligation to be good stewards of the land and to raise our own organic fruits, vegetables and meat. We take pride in producing and enjoy sharing our healthy, organic, slow food with guests. Our self-sustaining practices include […]

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