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March 12, 2020

My goats have a bedded pack in their barn. That means instead of cleaning the barn daily or weekly, each day I throw down fresh bedding on top of the manure that has accumulated. This provides a clean spot for the goats to sit, and the buried manure generates heat. A f...

March 4, 2020

Monday morning began clear and frosty. The rising sun quickly warmed the air, pushing temperatures above 30, then 40 degrees. Classic maple syrup weather. 

Daniel was down a few times in the morning, collecting empty syrup jars and other sugar making supplies that had b...

February 24, 2020

As I write this, I am looking at heading out to the Taste FLXpo this afternoon at Corning Community College. There is a good deal of preparation for an outside event like that. Besides simply selling products, it's a chance to promote the business to new people. 

Last S...

February 13, 2020

The past year or so I have felt a bit like a nomad. Most of the time I live on the home farm with my parents, just a short walk from the creamery and the goat barn. Even in bad weather, it's easy to get to work!

The rest of the time I stay at my aunt's, watching her dog...

February 7, 2020

Last Monday, my mom enlisted me to help with some calf maintenance duties. While the everyday feeding of the calves can easily be done by one person, the "extra" stuff goes smoother and is easier with two people. 

The first job was tagging. Each calf gets two ear tags....

January 31, 2020

I got a phone call on Friday: "Your beef is done." I let the employee from Sylvester Quality Meats know that we would be down as soon as we could to pick it up.

The process had begun months earlier, first noting the decreasing amount of steaks and hamburger in the store...

January 23, 2020

A week of mild weather in January had me outside, wanting to get things done. One day it was cleaning out our old shop. The next day, I decided it was time to tackle the blackberry bushes. 

The blackberries grow wild in the space between two hayfields, or cornfields, de...

December 2, 2017

This recipe is adapted from Moroccan:a culinary journey of discovery. It is suggested to be served with a salad and chunks of fresh, crusty bread for mopping up the thick, syrupy sauce.

Serves 6

2 lb 4 oz. shoulder of goat, trimmed and cubed

2 to 3 tbsp. olive oil

1 oz. fr...

April 20, 2015

 

    The time has come at last when I can no longer see a snow field on top of the hill across the way and the fact is not lost on the things that grow. Indeed, they were preparing themselves before we even saw the last of the snow and while we are trying to get things...

February 11, 2015

     

          I have had maple syrup on the mind lately. It is getting on to the time of year when trees pour forth the sugary goodness and we spend long hours observing the alchemy that takes place over the flaming arch of the evaporator. So let us talk maple sy...

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