Goat Milk Soap Workshops

Kricklewood Farm May-June andd Maybelle

Kricklewood Farm May-June and Maybelle

Now that all the goat babies are here and we have a regular supply of milk, we’re ready for Goat Milk Soap Workshops!  Workshops are  scheduled for Sunday June 14th,  Sunday July 5th and Sunday July 12th. with more dates to follow.

The afternoon starts at 1:00 with with a trip to the barn for a lesson in goat milking and to meet all the other animals.  (Rubber boots or old shoes are recommended.)   Anyone who would like to try milking is invited to step up and give it a try.  Be sure to bring a camera for some great photos!

Once we finish in the barn, you will learn how to create an all-natural, high quality bar of soap using goat milk, a variety of fats, lye, herbs and essential oils.  This is a hands on workshop with small groups making their own batches to take home.   Cost is $35 per person.  Sessions are limited to 12 people and run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.   This is not appropriate for young kids due to the caustic nature of handling lye.

To sign up for a workshop, please fill out the form on our Workshops Page.

 

Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Oil now in Farm Boy!

Kricklewood_Farm_Sunflower_OilWe are happy to announce that our Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Oil is now available in all Ottawa locations of Farm Boy!   This is a store that started out in 1981 with one location in Cornwall, Ontario and now has almost 20 stores in Ontario.   I would say that their success has a lot to do with their slogan:  “It’s all about the food!”.   We are very honoured to be in Farm Boy as it emphasizes fresh and local food.    Visit our Find A Store page to find a location near you.

Spring Daffodils!

Kricklewood Farm Daffodils

My favourite harbinger of warmer weather is starting to bloom!   Their cheerful colours and trumpets are always sure to put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.  Life renews itself after a long cold winter!

The beauty of the daffodil is that they are easy to grow, just dig some holes in the Fall and cover them up.  Plus, they expand year after year!  We usually put some in every fall in a new spot and look forward to their arrival the next Spring and every Spring after that!

A New Resident in the ‘Sky’ Nest Box

The Muscovy Ducks are starting to lay now that Spring has arrived as they tend to be more seasonal than the chickens when it comes to laying. I guess Spring hits and they want to raises ducklings, which is the reason for laying in the first place of course. We had this one consider laying in the sky nest box but decided to go elsewhere in the end.

We do enjoy keeping the ducks as they seem smarter than the chickens and their eyes are very expressive. You can look at them and see them thinking versus a blank stare of a chicken. Not that we don’t love our chickens too, they have their own unique personalities too.

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Hearty Winter Salad

Blood Orange Salad Recipe

Hearty Winter Salad
 
Recipe and Photograph contributed by Deb Abbott: "I made this wonderful salad for dinner when the Blood Oranges were at their peak and used your wonderful Sunflower Oil with the juice of the oranges for a simple but delicious dressing. It really show cases the oil and freshness of the flavours of all the local ingredients (well except for the greens). Its become one of our favourite salads in the winter months." Thank you Deb for this amazing delicious recipe!
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Recipe type: Salad
Ingredients
  • Mixed Greens according to availability
  • Grilled Elk Sirloin Steak
  • Blood orange slices
  • Oven roasted beets
  • Green onions
  • Blue Haze blue cheese crumbled
  • Toasted almonds
  • Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Oil and Blood Orange Juice for Dressing
Instructions
  1. Toss greens and onionswith Dressing
  2. Top with all other ingredients
  3. Enjoy!

 

Spinach and Mushroom Italian Style

Spinach and Mushroom Italian Style

Spinach and Mushroom Italian Style
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp Kricklewood Farm Sunflower Oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 14 ounce mushrooms, sliced
  • 10 ounce fresh spinach roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup white wine
  • chopped Parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat the Sunflower Oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic in the oil until they start to become tender. Add the mushrooms, and fry until they begin to shrink, about 3 to 4 minutes. Toss in the spinach, and fry, stirring constantly for a few minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  2. Add the vinegar, stirring constantly until it is absorbed, then stir in the white wine. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until the wine has almost completely absorbed. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve hot.

 

Fight for the ‘Sky’ Nest Box

A couple of months back we found a chicken trying to get into the hayloft to lay her egg in an impossible to reach corner, just on the other side of the wire mesh.   I mean Impossible for me to get the eggs, not for her to go in and lay!    We put up this red box on the outside, about 10 feet off the ground and she managed to get up there to lay.  Now that Spring is here there is a lot more egg laying going on so more demand for good spots.    This ultimately leads to some fighting over the spots.   The good news, instead of getting the ladder out for one egg, I am now getting two!

Seedy Weekends in March!

Kricklewood Farm Sunflower SeedsMarch is always a great month: the sun is shining longer each day, the snow is melting and temperatures are rising.  It’s hard to believe it today with our -26 Celsius  (-14 F) but Spring is only a couple of weeks away.    This month we will be participating in 3 ‘Seedy’ events and all offer a chance to find new local seeds for the growing season and catch up with friends and neighbours after a long, cold winter.   We’ll have our cold pressed Sunflower Oil, goat milk soap, beeswax candles and of course Sunflower seeds for anyone who wants a bit of my favourite flower in their own garden!

March 7th we will be in Ottawa, March 8th in Perth and March 14th in Kingston.  For more details regarding times and locations, visit our  Events Page.

Winter Hive Inspection

We had a bright and sunny day so time for a mid winter hive inspection! This time of year the bees are mostly inside keeping warm and living off the honey they made all summer. We want to make sure they aren’t blocked in by heavy snow or damaged. Notice the shiny silver outer wrap, that is a blanket for insulation and there is a piece of pink on the top as well. They do come out a bit on warmer days in order to scope out the weather patterns. Unfortunately they usually don’t make it back though. Emma was not at all impressed with the depth of snow we had to navigate to get there and back.