Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for our goat milk soap workshop! It was a beautiful sunny day so we did our workshop outside this time around. Hope everyone had fun milking and playing with the goats, learning how to make soap! Sorry to Michael about the bee incident but all is well now! The goats and Emma definitely had a lot of fun but when it was all over everyone was ready for a nap! More photos…
Now that we’re in kidding season we have two of my favourite things: baby goats and lots of goat milk! So, we’re scheduling our next Goat Milk Soap Making Workshop for Sunday July 20th at 1:00 pm. For more info or to sign up, visit our Workshops page.
This year’s project for the barn was windows. Finally some air and light in the barn! We’ve been researching different options, factoring in cost, safety for the animals (avoiding hoof and glass contact) and esthetics. Also factored in were constraints like posts at arbitrary locations and horizontal beams at various heights. Initially we thought of manufactured windows but through the process we decided to go with custom wooden framed ‘windows’ with 1″x1″ wire on the inside and removable lexan unbreakable glass panels for the outside. Our contractor John has done most of the work on the barn and he was great with the windows too. They were all put in within the space of a week. Only one boo-boo – part of a post in a window in the chicken room, somehow we measured wrong but hopefully the chickens won’t complain! It has been great to do chores and enjoy the sunshine and summer breeze. More photos…
For comparison, here is the barn in 2011, before we started renovations.
Garlic Scapes are the flower stalks that spring out of hard neck garlic bulbs and are in season in our area now. They have a mild garlic flavour without the hot garlic bite and are part of this recipe for a delicious pesto using Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Oil. Scapes are very nutritous as well, packed full of vitamin C and A . This recipe, compliments of Wendy’s Country Market, makes an easy addition to any pasta, used with fish or as a dip.
- 1lb garlic scapes, cut into 2 inch pieces
- ¼ cups grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Blend garlic scapes, cheese, oil, and lemon juice in a food processor till smooth.
For the first few days, the baby goats don’t do much more than eat, sleep, poop. Then they realize they have legs and boy is it fun to jump around. I call it the ‘monkey phase’ and it’s one of the best times to enjoy in a goat’s life. Mom doesn’t have much time to relax, she spends most of her day chasing the baby around, making sure they don’t get into trouble!
The Baby Chicks arrived last week and happy to say all are doing well! . The chicks came in two batches as I decided to order 10 Barred Rocks at the last minute, too late for my order from Performance Poultry but not too late to order from Frey’s Hatchery for delivery to our local feed store. The Barred Rocks came first so got to spend the nights indoors and once the other 36 arrived we could count on the extra body heat keeping them warm.
The first few days can be risky (make sure they know how to drink and don’t get pasty bums – thanks Lindsay for helping to keep them clean!) For now they are in their play pen and once it gets too crowded they will have the run of the nursery which is about 8 by 10 with a big window on the south side. I was hoping to have a chick-safe outdoor run ready for them but haven’t had a chance but I’ll have to rig something up so they can go outside with a place to hide if need be.
Emma was curious but her gentle self of course. She got a peek in the box this year as the goats are still not completely at ease with her. She got up close and personal with some of them (close enough for a quick snack) but our Emma is much too sweet for that!
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We had a great time this week with some of the kindergarten kids from St. James School from Smiths Falls. We got to show them the goats and pigs and chickens and ducks! They saw all different coloured eggs, even green ones! They got to taste Sunflower oil and feed the goats and pet a pig. Carter even got to feed May-June and Delilah together!
Thank you to Megan for teaching the kids about chickens, Amy for teaching the kids about sunflower oil and Leda for taking all the photos and keeping everything under control! Thank you to the kids and teachers and parents for coming and hope everyone had fun! More photos…
I guess the chickens don’t know it’s still winter (and probably will be for the next 6 months by the feel of it…) as they’re laying like gangbusters now! Found this egg basket (it has handles) on eBay a little while back.
We will have even more eggs in a few months as we have more baby chicks on the way beginning of May. More Ameraucanas for green eggs, Buff Orpingtons, Buff Brahmas, Dark Brahmas, Black Australorps. I like some of these larger, docile varieties – they are beautiful to look at and it’s nice to pick up a chicken and not have her squawk too much!
Love to try new things? Enjoy some incredible Canadian taste finds! FoodiePages.ca scours the country for Canada’s best artisan food makers and boutique wineries, and here they present their March TASTING BOX. The TASTING BOX includes 5 scrumptious taste samples to enjoy, made by their favourite Canadian small batch food artisans (including us!) and delivered directly to your door. The TASTING BOX is a perfect opportunity to discover and sample the culinary talents right in our own backyard!
What’s in the March TASTING BOX? In addition to a 100 ml bottle of our own Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil there are several other amazing Canadian creations:
Strawberry Wine Jelly from Ferme Guy Rivest (Rawdon QC) - Sweet jelly made from strawberry wine, but without the alcohol. Use it on cheeses and pâtés for the perfect match. Want to add flavour in your sandwich? Mix some jelly with your mayo!
Artisan Brownie from Carolina’s Box of Goodness (Ottawa ON) – Brazilian family recipes and traditional French baking techniques are used to create this delectable, mouth-watering treat. Handmade and baked to order using the finest ingredients: premium Belgian chocolate, local eggs and butter, and pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla.
Jbars, Lemon and Cocoa (Toronto ON) – Healthy, delicious snacks made with raw and organic ingredients. Rich in protein; gluten /soy/ dairy free with no preservatives or GMO’s. They can be enjoyed by anyone, anytime in search of a quick and nutritionally balanced bite on the go.
Wildfire Awesome Sauce from Dad’s Westcoast Awesome Sauces (Mill Bay BC) – Not East Indian, not Thai, not Mexican. It’s just awesome! Perfect served on the side, used as a marinade for meat or tofu, or added as a flavour enhancer to various dishes and even to a Bloody Mary.
The TASTING BOX will be available Sunday March 2nd, at Noon EST. Only 50 boxes will be available, sold on a first come first serve basis. Order quickly! The cost is an incredible value at $14.95 plus shipping.
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