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Springing into the season with lambs’ first pasture moments [Bar Harbor Story]

Before the lamb hooves galloped out of the barn and into a grassy field of historic Maine farmland, and a throng of admirers took photos and video, oohing and ahhing at the lamb’s first moments outdoors ever, people waited outside in the warm Saturday air and made conversation.

“Have you heard the peepers yet?” one man with a walking stick asked another.

“Have you ever had phoebes nesting in your house?” a woman yelled into the ear of a man in a lawn chair that they’d brought to the event, securing the man and the chair a few feet from the electric fence that would enclose the lambs.

“Have you ever seen the lambs run?” another woman asked as they walked past a man holding a puppy, past children swinging in their parents’ arms, past a singer serenading the crowd that easily filled all the parking areas around

They definitely saw the lambs run Saturday morning when the lambs took to the pasture for the first time this year. Only a few hesitated initially before venturing into the grass and blue sky and away from the barn.

“Look at them! That one’s going back!” a little girl squealed.

“No, no look. He’s getting brave,” her dad said as the lamb turned back toward the other lambs, venturing out of the barn chute and toward the others. Two seconds later, it was bounding through the grass. Brave.

“Leaping into Spring” also featured a pop-up farmers’ market and food systems fair. Representatives from local farms, student groups, and food access organizations were at the event. There were also farm tours. The event was free.

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