Taters should be in the ground now...even in NYS, if the ground is workable. Crops like sugar snap peas, cabbage, broccoli, onions, spinach, lettuce, kale, radishes, chives, leeks, etc. can be planted now as well...they are very frost hardy and thrive better in cooler weather then in hot.
I'd not plant any pumpkins, cukes or squash until May and I usually direct sow those...they germinate and grow so quickly and easily that there's no reason to start them indoors or early.
Here's a link to info about Jacob Sheep.
If you don't like having to shear and you'd like to have milky sheep, the Katahdin is my favorite hair breed and some are just as milky as the milking breeds of sheep. Sweet, docile sheep with a hardy constitution and stay fat on grass and hay, lamb easily, mother well, prone to twinning. Can't say enough good things about the pure Katahdin breed.