It has been a very busy spring at the farm. Our first baby goat was born on April 13th and our last darling’s date of birth was May 8th! Total baby goats for 2015……. 10! Now for the shocker—-9 boys and 1 girl:)
We hire a lot of talented young people every fall on the farm. One of our workers, Elizabeth, has been working for us for a few years, and has also spent a lot of time here as a family friend. She recently shared an essay she wrote for her English class about her experiences on the farm, and we thought others might enjoy reading it as well! We have included some pictures that her mother took last fall.
According to the calendar, the first day of Spring came on March 20, 2015, but we have a feeling that Winter is not quite done with us yet! Here are three favorite recipes from some of our farm staff to warm you from the inside while we wait for the weather to warm us up on the outside!
The Schuster family favorite is a scalloped potato and ham recipe that originally came from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. The recipe can be made with the original wheat flour, but Theresa makes a gluten-free version with rice flour.
Farmers can be really funny. Take, for example, the names they give to the less than appetizing animal waste….Meadow Muffins, Road Apples, and Cow Pies. They all sound tasty, but you really don’t want to eat them! That all changes today! Years ago, one of our tour guides spent time teaching preschool in a Madison daycare facility. Cooking projects that involved measuring and mixing were encouraged as part of the curriculum, and during a “Farm” themed unit, one of her fellow teachers, Nancy, shared a recipe for a treat called cow pies. They were a hit with all of the children, both for the mixing (what pre-schooler doesn’t enjoy a messy mixing project!) and the eating! Sweet, lumpy cow pies look very realistic, but they sure smell and taste a lot better than the real things!