I thought everyone could use a good seasoning of color this snowy Friday here in Minnesota. A little reminder that good things are in store for us soon...
I just came in from checking on the goats. We sheared our four Angoras on Saturday, and they had a good weekend of warm weather to get used to being without their coats before Old Man Winter blew down again. These strong spring low pressure systems can also bring on a birth when a mama is due soon, and they are all due to kid in the next couple of weeks. Which means it's almost time for the adorable and cute factor here on the farm to skyrocket. I was looking through pictures of our kids from last spring and found this one of Lily and Bolero (and Hazel's legs) with their mama Isa, who is our La Mancha milk goat. She has been kind enough to give us milk throughout this long and cold winter, so we have had a robust diet of chevre on most everything. I recently made my first cheese press and have started work on a goat cheddar recipe, with pert good success so far, though admittedly the sample size has been limited to one wheel. What is one to do but "sample" another?
Meanwhile, upstairs in our creatively engineered cat-resistant greenhouse, our veggie and flower starts are rockin' it. We've got tomatoes, peppers, okra (a new one for me), broccoli, a whole slug of flowers and herbs, and a long list of about 17 others to plant this weekend. We're going for the shotgun approach this year in regards to variety, with over 30 different types of tomatoes and about 20 kinds of lettuces. Crazy? Perhaps, but we're still learning what does well here in our very mutable Minnesota climate.
And a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Indiegogo campaign! We're almost to the $1000 mark, and surprisingly the most popular perk has been naming a goat...who knew? If you haven't seen our video yet, check it out on our homepage. More to come soon!