Saturday, October 1, 2011

September Wrap Up




I've been piddling around the farm all week, working on shaping our new farm helper into a country boy. A few small projects and normal life as usual here. Yoda the tomcat is making sure my sack of cornmeal corn doesn't run away on me!

I got lucky with craigslist for once. I posted an ad to sell some of the straw I baled this summer and sold a few bales right away. It allowed me to pick up 100' worth of fence and another goat feeder. A little measuring and cutting on some scrap wood laying around (I never throw that stuff away, I might need it!) and now all the girls can eat at once without pushing and shoving. Polar bear did a little supervising, making sure we actually intended to feed somebody with the new contraption.

Since I spent a day outside supervising the farm work and making sure it all got done the way I wanted it to be (just did it myself, LOL) I ended up with 4 gallons of milk in the fridge. So, a big batch of farmers cheddar got made. I like the farmers cheddar because it's a relatively quick cheese to make. One I don't have to constantly stand over to ensure a good outcome. It's just got a 12 hour press time so it's a good, moist fresh cheese for eating. I'm slowly getting back into the cheese making groove and it won't be long before I get back to having good wheels from every batch. Making great cheese really is an art form and you get a little rusty when you don't make it all the time.

I still have that milk in the freezer for a batch of soap. I might find the time to get a batch whipped out before the end of the weekend. I've been asked to make pizza first tho, LOL. So, maybe soap tomorrow!

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a busy day! This is a busy time of year here too! Lots of projects to finish and food to get in before the first frost! Love the photo of Yoda!

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  2. That cheese looks really good. So what is the difference between farmers cheddar and regular cheddar? Also would you be interested in some prime jim/jan blackberry bushes? My hubby and I have to go to my grandmas here in a couple of weeks and dig up a bunch. She is on blood thinners and can't handle the thorns. We dug them all up last years but apparently didn't get all the roots and they all grew back. :)

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  3. Thanks Providence Farm, Yoda was one we bottle raised. he's a good boy. it was 38F this morning here, brrr!


    heck yes i would Coley! drop me an email! The farmers cheese is softer and moister than regular cheddar and takes half the time! it's a good fresh cheese.

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  4. cheese and soap - hay sold plus fencing - sounds like you did a lot of winning!

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  5. Do you ever sell the cheese or barter with it?

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  6. Hey Chef! yep, this week was a decent week for a change. I like it when the plan comes together, LOL.


    Hey PP! Yes, i did both before when i was in the groove making it every day. When I get back to having it come out correctly every batch again, i'm going to give a bunch away on the blog.

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  7. Your cheese always looks fabulous.

    When you post pictures of the mozzarella I can almost taste it.

    Take care.

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  8. You've been really busy! Great job with the feeder, and the cheese looks splendid!

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