New Home!

Callie and Winnie have a new home, with a wonderful family!  Here they are on a woods walk and lovin' it.  

doing so well on the leash!
girl and her goat
queen of the mountain
lovin' their new perch!
settled in for the ride to their new home

Tattooing Day

Calico showing off her cool green ears:
"I feel pretty, oh so pretty...."

Cala's quads

Catori ("spirit")
Kidding began with a bang and ended with a bang.  Sugar Moon Calabash (x Capsand Creamery Walker) kidded quads August 30, 2016. 3 males, 1 female. No one has kids cuter than Cala, times four!!!!  Like Coriander's delivery in April, Cala makes kidding quads look easy.  All goats and kids are lovin' the sunshine and rejuvenated fall pastures.  The bucks are ready for breeding but will have to wait a bit.  The main focus now is on milk production, and there's milk for the kids and soap making.  The new bars will be for sale this Christmas season on the tree farm. Hopefully enough so we won't sell out this time - along with some other new goodies.... :)

Doeling: buckskin, white poll, frosted ears
Buckling: brown with wattles, frosted ears, buckling
Buckling: brown
Buckling: brown chamoise, black markings

all together now
flashy markings
silly buddy brothers

1 Day Old 

Cheese Post: FETA

Of course one of the most popular goat cheeses is feta.  Salt, crumbly, perfect accompaniment to crisp sweet lettuce and onion salad.  I am a bit fussy about my feta - not too salty, and not too mild but with the right balance of lipase and brininess.  I like to crumble it on top of salads, sometimes cube it and brine in olive oil and herbs.  Either way it's tasty and addicting.

Sunshine & Summer

Walks in the fields and woods at Evergreen View Farm - the goats' favorite time of day

Rosemary in the buckwheat
in action
sweet Calico
Sisters Katima and Kaia
grazing the clover
Iris and Tripoli
Iris in the white clover
Trillium and O Coriander
Iris smelling the flowers
Beautiful Bella
Bella again (and Charlotte)
favorite time of day
pretty Kaia

Bella's twins

Sugar Moon Mocha Java "Bella" (bred to Capsand Creamery Walker) kidded twins August 1, 2016.  Yes... twins seem to be the theme this year.  2 large healthy bucklings - no females - hopefully next time.  Like our other best milker Kizzy, it appears Bella is going to be very selective when she has girls (last year she had triplet bucklings).  This pair is adorable with flashy markings and quick, playful personalities.  Bella is milking like a champion once again.  She has a solid dairy background including NC Promised Land Echo 2*M.  Last summer she peaked at 5.3 lbs as a first freshener after weaning her bucklings, and is well on her way to topping that this lactation.  Her milk is much appreciated to bottlefeed her big kids with extra left over for some new soap making.

Buckling: chamoise, black/white markings
Buckling: chamoise, brown markings

brothers and best buddies