It's been quite while since I updated this blog, I have plenty of excuses but no real good reason. I suppose succumbed to the mid winter BLAHHHHHSSSSSS.
Today the east wind is hammering away at us, screaming that it is going to make good on it's threat to dump snow on our partially thawed out pastures. Good bye green grass!
I had to make the decision of whether or not to close today, which is VERY hard to do when there is still no snow flying, but I finally did it. The wind alone is making it near impossible to keep the temperature up in the warming hut and in the pizza oven. Normally the wind isnt that big of a deal here since we are tucked into the hillside, but this east wind is tenacious and pummeling us with no mercy. So today, we are closed for Pizza By The Pond.
Our more recent farm updates have included a long term loan of a wood burning heater from friends who were tired of eating pizza with blue fingers! This heater is a HUGE improvement over my poor old kitchen cook stove, which just couldn't muscle up to the task of keeping us warm and toasty during those frigid single digit Sundays. Now the warming hut is much more comfortable and pink fingers have returned!
We also have a new litter of puppies and three goat kids, all of which were born the first week of February.
The puppies are down right adorable, and the goat kids are very cute...mischief makers, but still cute ..for
Every Saturday you can find me OUTSIDE at the winter version of the St. Paul Farmers Market (on the west side of the market on Wall Street)...alongside of the various meat, honey and bread vendors. Come enjoy the vigorous weather with us, after all a fresh cup of coffee never tastes as good as it does on a brisk winter morning :-) If your cold weather endurance just isnt what it used to be, you can take comfort in knowing that Golden's Deli is directly across the street from us, a great place to sit down and take the chill off. Of course, you can also purchase our cheese while visiting the farm during Pizza By The Pond!
The cheese that I currently have available are:
The Big Holmes( in goat)a young soft herbal goat cheese
The Black and Sassy: (aged version)a 4 month old aged soft goat cheese dusted with maple blossom ash, amazingly complex
Sweet Young Thang: a firm pasted goat cheese that in this youthful stage has a very milky/grassy finish.
That Funky Thang: an more aged frim pasted goat cheese with a robust beefy and pungent profile with a sharp nutty finish
Gabrielson Lake: A rich buttery raw jersey cow milk cheese aged since October. Very buttery with a mushroomy finish.
Ancient Blue Cedar: a limited edition of the native blue raw sheep milk cheese , the paste is hard and flinty, very grate-able .This cheese is simply loaded with native blue molds but the dry ness of the paste allows for a more "back seat " flavor profile allowing you to taste the complexity without being overblown by sharpness. A subtle tartness in the background highlights the complexity of the various blues.
The Trade Lake Cedar is currently sold out for the season but will reappear late this spring.