You might think this is silly but we at the farm put a high value on our jars. When you buy milk, whey, yogurt or caramel from us, it comes to you in a jar. We need those jars back in order to keep bringing you product each week. When we don't get our jars back... well, we need to go to Ulmer's and buy more. It's that simple. So please, pretty please, return your jars each week on delivery days. It makes our lives so much easier.
Now onto some pictures of making yogurt on Saturday. Yogurt is fickle. Most of the time it sets up and we end up with beautiful product that we can sell to our farm share owners. But then there are times when dang it! For whatever reason, such as: it was to early in the day; it was to late in the day; it was to dry in the house; it was to warm; it was too cold... well, you get the idea. We never really know why yogurt doesn't set sometimes, but it's always nice when it does. :-)
If you would like to learn how to make yogurt (or cheese) let us know. We offer classes throughout the year and would love to teach you how!
Goats are special creatures and if you've ever had one, you know this to be true. They are intelligent, curious, loving and affectionate. Our goats are like members of the family and we bristle when we hear statements like "it's just a goat" when one of the babies die or a Nan is ill. To us a life, any life, has value and is a blessing.
This has been a tough year for birthing and today was no different. Betty went into labor around 4am but showed no water bag, and was not having much in the way of contractions. Finally around 2pm Randel pulled the first kid, a big buckling, who's legs were backwards in the birthing canal - making the delivery very difficult. Betty would not have been able to give birth on her own. We cheered with joy that he was alive!
Heartache came just a short while later when it became obvious that Betty had another kid to birth, but it wasn't coming out on it's own either. Again Randel pulled it, (another buckling), but it was very small and already dead. Joys and heartaches... Joys and heartaches...
Betty seems to be doing fine all things considered, but we'll keep a close eye on her for a couple days to make sure. Her buckling is strong, healthy and eating. Although we lost a life today, we are thankful for the one that made it.