Get your goat

April 20, 2015
Many of you that follow the farm on facebook know that we had decided to sell out herd of Boer goats and focus on sheep and pigs. We had been waiting until they were all done kidding and every one was sturdy enough to withstand a move.  We listed the herd on several sites and in the first day found a great home for the whole herd to stay together.  This was of course ideal because several of the does had special bonds so it was good to know they would all be staying together. The day came that the goats were supposed to head to their new home on Friday.  Matt had taken the trailer to get inspected and was bringing it home after work.  While we waited the girls and I went to the barn to do evening chores and get ready to load the goats on the trailer when Matt got home.  I'm going through the normal routine of feeding and watering when I turn around to find Birdy hunched over one of the goat pens, crying on the goat.  It was her fair goat that she had shown for the last couple years in 4H.  Her name was Rosalie and she was particularly friendly and easy to handle.  I, of course, stopped what I was doing and went over to hug my little twelve year old that was now fighting the emotion that something she had loved and worked with so much was about to disappear from her life.  Now most of you know the goats weren't my "thing"...Matt and Michaela had wanted them and they were the ones that loved them.  Over this past winter during lambing/kidding I had spent a lot of time tending to the pregnant does, and though sheep are my true passion, I have to admit that I had gotten quite used to those mouthy grain hogs.  I had gone through some moments of second guessing our choice, shed some tears over the thought of sending the herd off and "abandoning them".  
Well as I leaned on the stall hugging my tearful twelve year old, I shot Matt a text...maybe we should just keep 442 (Rosalie is her name).  Is that what you want was his response...well I'm not sure that is what I want, but I surely can't stand to see my daughter so sad.  Well you guessed it, we are now a lamb and pork farm with two goats, as Rosie had a daughter that was still nursing and of course would need company any way.  The farm is a business, yes, and that means that some hard choices need to be made in order to keep us moving in a successful direction.  I am glad we were able to compromise, and the buyer was understanding to make my little one happy.  Anything to keep her in the barn and out of trouble.  I am just grateful that for now the tears are over goats, and not boys, as that will surely come :/
 

Basement blunders

April 8, 2015
When we built this house we thought that we would finish the basement and have this lavish game room with pool table and all sorts of fancy things.  Three years later, and an unplanned farm started, the oh so lavish walk out basement holds our giant freezer our home raised meat is in and our bikes.  In spring the basement becomes even more chaotic.  It is a place to raise babies, poultry, and bummer lambs.
This year the basement has been super busy, with two southdown lambs born in frigid Febr...
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Crepe/Mannicotti recipe

January 12, 2015
Hey guys, I've had a lot of people ask about the crepes I make on a regular.  I mostly make plain crepes and fill them with cottage cheese.  This is a traditional Polish food that many people put maple syrup on after baking (not me).  My favorite food hands down though is manicotti, not manicotti made with filled pasta shells from the store but real manicotti.  So since I had all the ingredients in my fridge I decided to make some for dinner tonight.  So directions are for manicotti but crepe...
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What's cookin...

September 22, 2014
There is no doubt in my mind that I will never be mistaken for a chef, regardless I on occasion hit some home runs in the kitchen department.  A lot of you guys have asked for recipes that I normally wouldn't think to share but this one is a good one!  Goat Goulash!  It's what's for dinner!  So here's how I make it!  
Cook one lb of pasta according to directions, macaroni or whatever you prefer.  I always coat my casserole dish with cooking spray.  Brown a lb of ground goat.  Dump the pasta an...
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Vegetarian meat farmer....

September 18, 2014
One of my biggest hurdles at the market is explaining my choice to be a vegetarian and then selling pork, lamb, or goat!

Most of my interactions at market do not include my life story along with it...but the best part of markets is connecting with my customers.  Often they ask how goat tastes, or does lamb taste like beef.  Since I am an honest person, and want my customers to like and trust me I tell them, I do not personally eat the meat, but I do cook it :)

I have reviews from several truste...
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Chin up buttercup

September 4, 2014
Ok so a new school year has begun. I do not pose to be a completely sane human (that would be boring), but nothing gets me gloomier than when my kiddo goes back to school... So after crying like an idiot for a good twenty four hours (not a very hydrating idea with my new running regiment), I decided to get busy.  Holidays are coming up, which means the busy craft show season is upon us.  I spent yesterday filling some etsy orders and my first attempt at making my own tomato sauce from the ga...
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Growing inside

March 12, 2014
As I watch what I hope to be the last store of the year snow and blow outside my window I am so grateful that spring is around the corner.  In my, I am slowly going crazy, cabin fever I have started growing trays in my house, like in my kitchen :)  It started with a bag of lentils I bought at the bulk foods store for $1.24.  That pound of lentils was soaked over night in water, then spread out on a tray with holes poked for drainage.  I covered the lentils with a damp paper towel, keeping th...
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Chaotic Bliss

February 26, 2014
There is so much going on this week my head is slightly spinning!!!  I know you guys are like, what's new lol  Well we ended our vacation week visiting a farm in Sharon Springs that had a couple litters of uber adorable Kunekune piglets, we are over the moon excited to be welcoming a boar, named Wolfie, and a gilt, yet to be named in a couple weeks when their paperwork comes in!!!  If you do not know what Kunekune pigs are they are a heritage breed of pig that does exceptionally well on fora...
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Lamb watch

February 4, 2014
With only 44 days until spring I am getting ancy to get outside and get moving.  I LOVE spring!  Our new chicks have arrived safe and sound and are growing fast.  One arrival that I am over the moon about is of course my precious Babydoll Lambs!  We have six (maybe seven) bred ewes in the barn.
The utlrasounds we had done last month were fascinating and totally worth it!  

Preparing for lambing is basically caring for the ewes, making sure they have what they need to eat, clean water, and loose...
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Chicky Checklist

January 29, 2014
On the verge of February, the most bitter month of the year, it is hard to stay positive and remain motivated to plan for spring.  January has been a beast with polar vortex, several feet of snow, states of emergencies, and for me cabin fever!  We were grateful to welcome two adorable doelings (who we are going to have to have a name game for as Matt cannot decide :).  They keep us busy, and thoroughly entertained.  
One great part of February is that our replacement chicks are ordered in fo...
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