The winters can feel long on the eastern side of Lake Michigan, but spring is just around the corner. Come see what we've been working on!
Daylight is officially lasting longer now (thanks, Daylight Savings!) and even our animals know that it's almost spring. In the last couple of weeks, we welcomed more than a dozen baby animals to the world! The herd of Icelandic sheep had several new mothers that bore beautiful new lambs in an array of wool colors. One of our Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs also became a new mom to adorable piglets! All these animals are part of our heritage breed rehabilitation program at Virtue, where they help us maintain our 48 acres while supplying the region with wool, meat, and milk. If you'd like to visit the newborns, please arrange a private tour with us. We limit the number of people who can see our animals to maintain their comfort and safety.
We are also tidying up our grounds and refreshing our Tasting Room in anticipation of warmer weather. We've reworked some of our fire pit areas, added additional counter space and seating indoors, and we have a great program of spring and summer activities and concerts in the works.
We'll kick it all off with our Plant An Orchard at Virtue Cider event on April 28, where we are seeking volunteers to help plant new apples trees in our orchard. This will coincide with a simultaneous planting at an urban orchard in Chicago. Once we're done planting trees, we'll celebrate with a toast of our new Rosé cider, which is coming out in 12-ounce cans. Sign up here to volunteer for the planting, or feel free to stop by that day just to hang out.
This year Virtue is also home to a community wildflower garden to help attract area bees that help pollinate our region's trees. For $3 you can purchase a plantable seed card and add it to our community wildflower garden! Dedicate to someone or just plant it for fun. Come back during the summer and watch your garden grow.