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Monday Goat Doodle

April 7, 2014

Happy Monday!

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Enjoy Cara’s goat doodles of Edgwick Farm!

Where to Find Us April 5th and 6th 2014

April 4, 2014

We finally have another weekend of indoor winter farmer’s markets. We have missed seeing all of our regular customers! Cornwall’s is Saturday 11 am to 3 pm indoor at St. John’s Church, 66 Clinton Street. Beacon’s is Sunday 11 am to 3 pm indoors at Scenic Hudson’s River House, 8 Red Flynn Road. Talitha will be at both markets while Dan, Aidan and Cara handle the weekend farm tours and make cheese at the farm.

To both markets, we will be bringing fresh Canterbury goat cheese, Marinated Canterbury, Rosemary Fig Canterbury, Moodna feta and Sackett Ridge hard cheese. (Sadly, the 2013 Funny Child has sold out and the 2014 batches won’t be ready until the summer markets start.)

As a treat and something to spice up your early spring meals, we have made horseradish Canterbury. We have mixed horseradish in with our fresh soft goat cheese, making a spread that has a tasty kick! Pick up a 4 ounce log of this goody for $7, quantities are limited but if you like it, we will make more for the April 13th Beacon and the April 19th Cornwall markets. Let us know!

E-mail us at edgwickfarm@gmail.com for any special orders or if you would like your raw milk order filled (this is only for existing customers who have been to the farm for milk pick up and will be trading in milk jars.)

Our upcoming tours this weekend and for all of the coming week are fully booked. Check our Facebook page or e-mail us for availability. Families coming on these tours will get to meet all the growing babies born in January and February as well as the new chicks and any babies that are born this month! Cara, our herd manager gives the guided tours and Big Dan will be doing the cheese tastings and milk tastings. Don’t miss out – the tours end April 30th. Book yours today!

Before you know it, Easter will be here on the 20th. We are thinking of making chocolate chevre truffles for pick up at the farm on the 16th -19th and available at the Cornwall and Ringwood markets on the 19th. Let us know if you would be interested.

Honey Bee Boot Camp 2014

March 9, 2014

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Honey Bee Boot Camp

Cost for all 3 sessions: $75

(Class will be limited to 15 people)

This hands-on class will take you through all the steps of beginner beekeeping – from setting up a hive and receiving bees to managing your hive and maintaining routine inspections.

Day 1 (Sunday, April 13th 1pm-3pm): Learn the different parts of a hive, the tools needed for beekeeping, the right location, and beekeeping gear. Jump right in and work as a group to assemble a hive in preparation for bees, including adding foundations to the frames.

Day 2 (Last weekend of April (26th or 27th)) – date and time will be determined depending on bee pick-up): Learn how to install new bees into a hive, starting with the preparation of the smoker, opening the packages to release the bees, and placing the queen’s cage within the hive.

Day 3 (Sunday, May 11th 1pm-3pm): Learn how to do a hive inspection. Each person will get a chance to inspect a hive: check for different stages of bee development (egg, larvae, capped brood), see comb development, and look for signs of nectar and pollen.

If you are interested in taking part in this class, email edgwickfarm@gmail.com.

Once you receive confirmation, print out and mail the form Honey Bee Boot Camp PDF with full payment (checks made out to Edgwick Farm) by March 31st to:

 Edgwick Farm

348 Angola Road

Cornwall, NY 12518

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Monday Goat Doodle

March 3, 2014

Happy Monday!

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Enjoy Cara’s goat doodles of Edgwick Farm!

Farm Foto Friday February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014

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A Friday morning ritual. A series of photographs and brief descriptions that capture the farm at that moment in time.

Harbinger of Spring

February 28, 2014

Our first duck egg of 2014

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Farm Foto Friday February 14, 2014

February 14, 2014

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A Friday morning ritual. A series of photographs and brief descriptions that capture the farm at that moment in time.

Saturday Barn Report February 8, 2014

February 8, 2014

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It has been a week of snow storms and ice.  We are having a real winter after many years of mild ones.

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However, the hoop house keeps the goats warm and toasty.  The deep manure pack composts at the bottom and warms the hoop house to typically twenty degrees higher than outside temperatures.  In the morning when I go in for my baby check, my glasses steam up as well as the lens in my camera.

This past week, Faith, one of keepers from 2013, was the first of the yearlings to kid and easily delivered a sweet doeling while lying in Cara’s lap.  She has been slowly adjusting to the twice a day milking routine.  We are milking 33 does which has been providing enough milk to run the vat nearly every day as well as meet raw milk sales and keep all of us at Edgwick Farm in raw milk as well.   Ten does are due to kid before next Saturday and we are anxiously watching them and restlessly waiting.  The remaining five kid in April.

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This year’s keepers, our 8 doelings, are growing fast and full of energy.  They are nibbling at hay and tasting grain but much prefer their thrice daily bottles.  We are very appreciative of our volunteers who come to the farm each day despite terrible weather to help Cara with feeding of these girls.

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Faith’s doeling came into the house after a few days because the bigger girls were picking on her and stressing her out.  She quickly took over the house as her own, bleating to be let out of her playpen anytime she knew a human was around.  She went to a farm in Staasburg yesterday and joined Bess’s twins Jack and Jill.

The chickens and ducks have been tolerating the weather.  We empty the fall leaf bags outside the coop to give them something to walk on and some entertainment in scratching them about.  Except for little Ruby, the dogs are in their glory with the deep snow.

We have started making our more difficult hard cheeses, with multiple batches of Funny Child, our goat tomme.  Dan will start washing the wheels today with Newburgh Brewery brown ale and then we will age it until the summer markets start.  We have only nine wheels left in the cave of this popular cheese.

Tours started a week ago and have been popular but challenging with the snow and ice.  The broad smiles on everyone’s faces are so wonderful to see when the groups come back from meeting the animals for their cheese and milk tastings in the viewing room with us.  I have a personal sense of satisfaction every time I hear remark how clean everything is.

Thank you for supporting our farm!

Monday Goat Doodles

February 3, 2014

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Goat doodles by Cara Meling, our herd manager.

Saturday Barn Report February 1st 2014

February 1, 2014

We are back in the swing of things at the farm.  Milking, feeding and caring for animals, cheese making!

The first big wave of babies came a couple weeks ago and the 32 does that kidded have milk flowing like crazy.  With finally enough milk to run the vat, we fired it up and made multiple batches of fresh goat cheese.  Most of that went out to our restaurant customers who had sorely missed having it on their menus for the last three months.  The rest we prepped for winter farmer’s markets and farm tours making Canterbury medallions, Marinated Canterbury and Rosemary Fig Canterbury.

Only Helga was born this week, bringing the number of “keepers” up to eight doelings.  They are growing fast and drink their bottles easily now.  They love to play and leap around the kid pen.  Dixie actually climbed the bench and leaped over the wall one morning so we had to move the bench.  Their little horn buds emerged enough for dehorning so that loathsome chore was completed.

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We have a dozen or so does due to kid over the next two weeks and then we take a break until April for the last few.  Tours start today and we are very excited to show off our farm and teach families where their food comes from.  With increasing milk volume, we should start making our goat cheddar and ale-washed goat tome as well as our feta.  These cheeses will age until the summer farmer’s markets start.  Dan can’t wait to start his daily ale washing!

Thanks again for supporting our farm!


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