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Moo-Tels, Goat Kids and Marinated Cheese at Edgwick Farm

Milking time! Edgwick Farm's goats line up for their evening milking.
Over the past few months we’ve been so busy planning our own adventure that we haven’t had the time to sneak away for any farm visits. Fortunately, last Saturday we had the opportunity to visit Dan and Talitha at Edgwick Farm about an hour north of NYC. Dan and Talitha worked through the farm start-up process for the past five years and are now producing some fantastic goat’s milk cheeses out of a beautiful new micro-creamery. We were lucky enough to join them for a full day of milking, feeding and cheesemaking.
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After Years It's Only the Beginning

With the crazy weather we might find the farm nice and green when we arrive

For the past three months we’ve been living in a 90 square foot room in a three bedroom apartment shared by two friends of ours. It’s a little weird living in a shared 3 bedroom apartment when you’re married and you’ve spent the prior two years living by yourselves. Bills, dishes, trash, cleaning, finding time to be alone, it all gets complicated. Needless to say, while it’s been fun, I’m really looking forward to having my own space again and this time having a lot more space than I’ve ever had before.

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Sir Milks-A-Lot

This is an (un)artistic photo collage - I have not asked permission to use any of the images included in my creation...

It's time for some real sharing here. Although it's a little embarrassing, I have to admit, this has been going on for months. It all started a few hours into my first online goat browsing/shopping experience. We're looking for goats with great dairy genetics and part of the process is educating myself on what a great dairy animal actually looks like. I started looking at show goats to get an idea of proper conformation. Most of these star goats are shown posed like the lovely ladies above and after staring at image after image of full on udder-in-the-face, I started to feel a little...well...pervy. Yes, pervy. Not exactly something you expect to feel as a girl looking at goats! As I tried to wrap my head around my weird voyeuristic feelings, the intro to a certain special song from middle school started playing in my head..."Oh. My. Gawd., Becky" It hit me:

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Farming

 

Farming

 

Eco-Farm, An Acres U.S.A. Primer
Whoa, this book goes into a lot of detail about soil. From the tiniest molecules to the largest building blocks. It's penned as a great book for beginners, but a lot of it still went over my head. Nevertheless, it's still a very good read and you will clearly be able to learn from it for a long time going forward. Eco-Farm delivers a complete education in soils, crops, and weed and insect control. Chapters provide detailed discussions of trace elements, tillage, the N,P&K concept, animal health, crops, soil carbon and calcium, insects, soil life, crop rotation, and much more.
 
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DIY

 

Do-It-Yourself  

 

Meats

Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages

Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing

 

Cheese

Artisan Cheese Making at Home: Techniques & Recipes for Mastering World-Class Cheeses

Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Delicious Cheeses

  
Home-Brewing
 

How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition (null)

 
Canning and Preserving
 

Keeping the Harvest: Preserving Your Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry

 
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