Posts Tagged ‘goats’
Rennet Harvesting and Goat Kid Butchering Workshop
Every year, dairy farmers are faced with what to do with the male offspring of their cows, sheep, and goats. Come learn one creative way to use this resource and preserve one of the vital cheesemaking ingredients yourself. Participants will learn how to slaughter, butcher, and harvest rennet from a goat kid.
March 25 at Appleton Creamery in Appleton, 10am – 4pm (CONCLUDED)
May 6 at Fuzzy Udder Creamery/South Paw Farm in Unity, 10am – 4pm
$25-$75 workshop fee, sliding scale. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or more information about work-trade/scholarships, or call 948-5268
Talk of the Town Farm is a small goat dairy located in Connor TWP, Maine. We are just north of Caribou and we are currently the only licensed goat dairy in Aroostook County. We are still growing our herd of Nubians, La Manchas and a few crosses.
Currently we offer raw goat milk. We plan to have fresh Chevre and yogurt in August. Our products can be found at the Caribou Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until fall. We are also at the Bread of Life store in Presque Isle and Sleeper’s Market in Caribou.
Come taste our wonderful milk from our hard working girls!
Talk of the Town Farm
Due to the fantastic and popular success of the Rennet workshop that the Guild and Little Falls Farm put on last spring, we would like to host a mini Rennet/Kid Butchering workshop at Appleton Creamery on May 16. Participants will learn how to slaughter, butcher and harvest rennet from a goat kid. The workshop will go from 10am to 3pm. Cost is $75 or $25 for Journey-persons and apprentices. Please email Jessie at email@example.com for more information or to sign up.
We had a very pleasant meeting with Scott, Arline, and everyone at Olde Oak Farm in Maxfield, north of Orono. Most interesting was a tour of Scott’s mobile cheese plant — a 12′ x 32′ structure complete with instant hot water, refrigeration, a twelve cheese press, and room for a walk-in cooler — which he moved from his previous location in Orono to this site. As he explained: “We were making cheese within fifteen minutes of the cheese plant being set down on the site.” Not only is the plant mobile, but almost everything in it is mobile, set on wheels. He has made every effort to reduce the lugging and lifting chores of the cheesemaker.
The Maine Cheese Guild will be sponsoring a one-day workshop on cheese Rennet to be held at Little Falls Farm in Harrison, Maine on Monday, April 19th from 9am to 5pm.
At the beginning there will be a short lecture on the nature of rennet — how it works, why it is used in cheesemaking, and the different ways it can affect finished cheeses. This will include a report written by Oregon cheesemaker David Peterson on his experiences using plant derived renneting materials to make traditional cheeses.
After lunch John and Mary Belding of Little Falls Farm will demonstrate step-by-step the methods for harvesting a goat-kid vel, preserving it, and then using it in cheese production.
Fees will be $125 for the general public, $100 for Maine Cheese Guild members (lunch included). For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. To reserve a spot (there will be a limited class size) send a check to
The Maine Cheese Guild
c/o Mark Whitney, Treasurer
32 Farm View Drive
New Gloucester, Maine 04260
I will be driving to the ADGA convention and delivering our cheese competition entries. I will be departing Steuben on Friday October 9th around 6am and driving straight to Buffalo arriving in the wee hours of Saturday. All entries should be received early Saturday morning by ADGA staff.
I can arrange to pick up guild member entries in Ellsworth, Belfast and at Whole Foods in Portland while en route. We will have a freezer on board our van to keep ice packs frozen and to refreeze while traveling if needed. The expenses of the delivery will be split by those who participate.
I understand that most of the goat herds among us are living in their barns right now during kidding season. But when they are able to emerge to check their email, they should also check out this article in The New York Times food section today:
- Sunset Acres Farm –
- 75 gallon bulk tank all working Used here for 4 years. Great starter tank. $600
- 100 and a 150 gal bulk tanks Never run here but running when removed from farm. Still have freon in them so that is a good sign!! Could be used for vats or whatever your mind could think up. I have many ideas. $250 each
- Large hot water heating unit for cheese plant. Actually a swimming pool heater! Ran everything here and cheaply. Needs to be installed out of doors and we didn’t have the room anymore. Many new parts. Cost over $2,000 will sell with many installation parts for $700.
- Just bought many reg. Sannens from a milking herd that shows some not the other way around. Excellant bloodlines. Great herd buck prospects and some does. KIDS
- Also many purebred Alpines this year. Many from Tom Cox bloodlines. Some does are 12 years old so that says a lot! Contact us at email@example.com.