This picture of Alex mid-tantrum demonstrates how I feel today. Today, we will be throwing away about 50 gallons of milk. Our spot at the cheese plant was cancelled last minute and all we can do is toss the milk. So, I am pouting today.
I was so looking forward to cheese curds! Not to mention all of the people we promised curds to for this weekend. How frustrating! So disappointing. Sad, sad mama here.
This is just another good reason why we need to complete the micro-creamery project! We need our own space. Throwing away milk is such a waste. It breaks my heart. I am so looking forward to making small batches of yogurt and cheese whenever we have extra milk! NO MORE WASTED MILK!
OK> tantrum over now. Time to get back to work.
It may not come as a surprise to hear that hay and grain costs are headed through the roof. Hay prices are rising faster than we can keep up with! This has inspired us to look for creative ways to keep our prices as low as possible and continue to offer the same quality grass-fed meats, dairy, and poultry as have always produced. While we hear stories of farmers feeding candy to their cows we have found another way to navigate through the drought and resulting hay prices.
We have embarked upon a new venture and we need your support. We are converting an old camper into a mobile micro creamery! Our plan is to turn part of our milk production into yogurt and cheese made here on our farm. We have purchased (thanks to a very generous loan from Mom) a 30 gallon pasteurizer and cheese vat as well as bottling equipment. We bought an old camper . We have begun purchasing things such as an incubator cabinet, three compartment sink, and stainless steel tables, that we will need to produce yogurt and cheese.
We have begun tearing out the inside of the camper and found that the floor needs replacing. We also need to put a drain in the floor, replace many of the walls, and re-wire and plumb the whole thing. Supplies such as plywood, concrete board, ceramic and rubber tiles, windows, tin, and more need to be purchased.
We are asking for your help. We need to raise $7,500 to complete the project. Any donation helps and is greatly appreciated! We will blog weekly and show pictures of our progress.
one day's work - cabinets mostly out
We have chosen the FundRazr platform because any money donated will be directly deposited into our paypal account on which we have a debit card. We can immediately purchase items needed and will be posting our progress and purchases weekly... so you can see you donation at work!
Our equipment is due to be here in about eight weeks which means we need to be completed in six weeks so that we can have inspections completed and any changes needed made before it arrives. So , please donate and share this with your friends!
We look forward to providing you with some very yummy (not to mention nutritious) yogurt! More importantly we look forward to being here this winter and beyond and being able to continue this work that we love so much. Providing families with nourishing foods from animals raised with respect brings us such joy.
As a small thank you we would like to offer a few items for our donors:
* All donations over $5 will receive a handwritten thank you note from our family as well as will be acknowledged on our website and Facebook page.
* Any donation of $50 or more - will also get a sampler selection of our yogurts once we are operational.
* Any donations of $100 or more- will get to name an animal on our farm any name of your choosing
* Any donation of $250 or more- will also get all of the above plus a custom made farm t-shirt.
Do you have construction skills? We would more than welcome your help!
Thanks again for your support.... we will be posting pics and updates regularly.
Here is the link to the fundraiser: http://fnd.us/c/6MDFa
Artisan Cheesemaker. Lover of all foods dairy..