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Weekly Update: 4/18/14

April 18, 2014

I always have such good intentions on writing a blog post, but just when things start to slow down it seems like a new round of babies hit the ground.  With spring finally starting many of our restaurant contracts are picking up or restaurants are opening for the season so that means more cheese mak…

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Weekly Update: 01/10/14

January 10, 2014

We lost our way on blogging.  We did have good reasons, 1st we were getting ready for the State Fair, that's a lot of prep work, then we are there for almost a week, and then it takes at least a week to recover and get unpacked after living in the goat barn at the fair for a week. 2nd, as soon as …

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Beemster: Farmer's Choice

August 23, 2013

 Beemster is a Dutch company that specializes in Gouda.  Their Farmer's Choice is aged 6 months and according to some online reports is the bestselling cheese in Holland.  Here are my notes from our tasting: 

Very deep golden color. Smells strong, smells like it will be acidic, a little under…

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Where's Ike Wednesday

August 21, 2013

In My Hay Fort

Weekly Update: 08/19/13

August 19, 2013

Last week was a busy event week at the farm.  Monday night we attended a Partners & Pairings preview event for Cork & Fork.  Tuesday we hosted Cayuga County's young professionals group IGNITE for their monthly social gathering.  Wednesday we attended the Greater Baldwinsville Community Farmers Ma…

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Fromagerie La Station de Compton: Hatley

August 16, 2013

This was an amazing find while we were in Quebec for a family reunion during July.  We got a chance to speak with one of the son's and cheesemaker's and he showed us around their shop and the cheese cave.  Their farm and cheese making facilities were perfectly planned out so that visitors can experi…

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Where's Ike Wednesday

August 14, 2013

I used to be able to fit under the gate

Photo Courtesy of Sandie Janes

Weekly Update: 08/12/13

August 12, 2013

Today my cousin Sandy came to visit the farm!  It was great to show off the goats and share some cheese.  Here's a picture she took of our VERY full cheese fridge.  It will be empty by the end of the week!

Photo Courtesy of Sandie Janes

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Cheese Review: Sunset View Creamery Raw Milk Cheddar

August 9, 2013

Sunset View Creamery is a family operated farm located in Odessa, NY.  They make a number of different varieties of Cheddars and Monterey Jacks.  The cheese that I'm reviewing is the Raw Milk Mild Cheddar.  It was very creamy and clean tasting.  I think sometimes, due to the media, people get scared…

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Where's Ike Wednesday

August 7, 2013

Sitting on the lawnmower

Weekly Update: 08/05/13

August 5, 2013

I've made another attempt at creating a Caprino Romano cheese.  Hopefully this time it turns out well.  The first time I tried to make it I didn't press it enough, leaving too much moisture in the cheese, which created a lot of not good mold.  Here's the newest round.  The color is uneven because it…

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Cheese Review: Kunik & Perle

August 2, 2013

One of our stops while we were in Quebec was to Domaine de Courval in Waterville.  It is a quaint, "micro-fromagerie".  If you've heard of Nettle Meadows in NY, this new creamery in Quebec was established by the original owners of Nettle Meadows.  They opened their new  Quebec dairy in 2007 and ma…

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Where's Ike Wednesday

July 31, 2013

Velvet and gilding do not make a throne, nor gold and jewels a sceptre.

It is a throne because the most exalted one sits there,

and a sceptre because the most mighty one wields it.

~ Anthony Trollope


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Weekly Update: 07/29/13

July 29, 2013

It's been a slower week this past week.  Had a lot of personal appointments and a few work engagements so farm was a little neglected this week.  Andrew did hold down the fort so Kim could go on her annual Otter Creek horse camping trip (Thanks Andrew). On that note, here's a picture of Dakota campi…

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Where's Ike Wednesday

July 24, 2013

Found an old picture of Ike as a kitten playing with baling twine and thought it was too cute not to share.

Weekly Update: 07/22/13

July 22, 2013

After a number of barn debates last week we finally decided on who was going to get a chance to go to NYS fair, and then we still made last minute changes when entries were submitted!  In total we're taking 12 goats, I think that might be the most we've ever taken, I know last year we took nine.  Ev…

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Where's Ike Wednesday

July 10, 2013

Weekly Update: 07/08/13

July 8, 2013

We were in Quebec last week for a family reunion, it was great to spend time with family that we don’t get to see very often.  And we did take time to track down some Quebec cheeses so stay tune for some Canadian cheese reviews soon.  Once home, the rest of the week was spent getting caught up with …

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Cheese Review: Hafod

July 5, 2013


Photo Courtesy of Neal's Yard Dairy

Hafod comes from the oldest, continuously certified organic dairy farm in Wales (35 years).  It is a mild, cheddar style cheese.  Although it is mild, it is a complex cheese, very creamy and buttery, not like the mild cheddars you would purchase in the superm…

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Where's Ike Wednesday

July 3, 2013

It's so hot you really have to stretch out when you take a nap to stay cool.

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