Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nightime in the Nursery!!

We are knee deep in babies, babies and more babies! So far, all are doing well. The Farmer had the brilliant idea to breed the does all at the same time, within a two week period, so it has been nonstop labor and delivery! Looking on the bright side, in a few days, all of the babies will be born, and we will have gone from "zippo" goat milk to "muchas a lottas" of goat milk (the Farmer claims he is bi-lingual). We had our Spring Market opening this weekend. It was like a  family reunion! Looking forward to seeing everyone else as the season progresses. The strawberries are looking especially hearty. If we don't get a late Spring freeze or a sudden hail storm, our strawberry U-Pick season may start a little earlier than we expected. Should have yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, some goat cheese in the market this coming weekend. And for you pork eaters, the addition of bacon, chops, ham steak, not to mention the breakfast sausage, are irresistable! ( Thanks be to Arnold and his bodacious sister Abigail) may they rest in peace...... on our plates...... . I realize you may think me a little tacky and insensitive to their plight, but they were raised with the intent of providing no hormone, antibiotic free, with no preservatives, meat.  And as they were getting a little mean and aggressive, I have enjoyed them much more in the afterlife! People ask us, "How can you eat an animal that you have raised?" It is a bit of a controversial subject, we realize, and in our defense might I explain that we decided to raise our own animals for food, instead of buying .... who knows what at the grocery store. No " mystery meat" found at our farm.  We would treat them well, be good stewards over them as they are enjoying the comforts of a leisurely country life. We never take for granted the gift that they give to us, in the form of healthy and nutritious food. ( And I might add, it is a little easier to eat the mean ones, and one day I will share the tale of the viscious rooster with nine lives, and my trusty silver bat that I used for protection). The Farmer and I are from a long line of farmers and ranchers, always having a one on one relationship with a large portion of our food. We are happy to be able to share it with you!!  The market hours :  Thurs. Fri. Sat. from noon until 4:00 pm. From our farmstead to your table, thank you for all of your support!!

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