everything's better with (goat's milk) butter

It just tastes better with butter.  Julia Child taught me well.
The farm's Holstein/Jersey cross Jazzy is on maternity leave, so my awesome milking girls have picked up the slack.  Several are being milked through to give us a steady supply of milk this winter and spring.  Culturing the raw cream for 24 hrs gives it a delicious tang and increases probiotic cultures.  The cultured buttermilk is amazing for baking too - this is the real stuff!  Unlike yellow butter from grass fed cows, butter from the goats' milk is pure white.  These girls have already converted beta carotene into Vitamin A - thus their butter's pristine whiteness.  The butter yield from goat's milk versus cow's milk is greater since Nigerian Dwarf's butterfat% can be up to 10% in late lactation.  In my experience, goats are all around more efficient and smarter than cows.  And as Julia Child says, "If you're afraid of butter, use cream." :)

goat's milk yoghurt

Yoghurt was the first thing I made with milk from my first goats, Kizzy & Cala, and regularly since then.  That first attempt I started out with 1 quart of milk- now it's 2 gallons at a time, every couple of weeks because we eat a lot of it. Goat's milk yoghurt is creamy and thick.  I don't add any sweeteners, thickeners, or artificial flavors....it's just goat's milk + fermented probiotic cultures.  An extended fermentation makes it thick and creamy like Greek-style but retains all the vitamins & minerals contained in whey.  Topped with jam from the farm's organic strawberries, it's delicious.

Herd Health Update

CAE, CL, Johnnes, Brucellosis, and TB-free herd

We work hard to keep our small herd of purebred Nigerian Dwarf goats happy & healthy. Sweet Land Nigerians is a closed herd and consistently tests negative for goat diseases (August 2012, June 2015, January 2017). Cute new kids are on the way.  This year's kidding season begins late March/April 2017.  Kudos to the girls for keeping us in a steady supply of milk all winter for butter and cheese making!

Merry Christmas

Evergreen View Tree Farm
Season 2016

Cocoa Bliss enjoying her encore

shipping goat's milk soap to a military family in VA
goat's milk soap for sale in Old Barn Mercantile

older girls from past seasons got excited when the little ones came out
so they got a turn too
see you next year

~ Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ~

Merry & Bright

When snow falls and the temperature turns arctic, the barn is a welcome shelter on a long winter's night.  When the sunshine peeks out, the herd loves their daily walk to frisk and frolic.  Still, they are always happy to return to the cozy barn and plentiful hay feeders.

morning view

cozy barn when the temps turn arctic
not sure about this snow.....

venturing out
brave Serafina

Charlotte thinks snowflakes taste like gumdrops, or lemondrops,
or something

Snow Queen Iris

frosty noses
and eskimo kisses :)
it's a mad dash back to the barn!  Catori looks like a flying reindeer

merry & bright

Christmas trees

favorite winter-time treat
girls enjoying their tree
snuggled warm and cozy for a long winter's night
the boys get a tree too - Apollo's scratching post
James's version of posing pretty
Walker trying to look distinguished

Christmas cupcakes

holiday-themed cupcakes w/ black pepper + cardamom = spicy!

The milking girls are giving lots of milk right now, providing goat's milk butter for Christmas baking.  This special cupcake is spiced with cardamom & black pepper, and pairs perfectly with goat cheese frosting.  The girls always enjoy their treat of Winter Luxury pumpkin rind & seeds after the pumpkin is roasted.

Baked by Sophia

Update: Cala's Wethers

Cala's sweet wethers have a new home with a wonderful girl and her family. Sophia and her older sister sold homemade cupcakes to raise all the money to buy the goats, hay, supplies, etc!  She writes: Joshua and Cooper are doing great. We love them so much. Thank you for letting us buy them.  Here they are exploring their new home :)