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Where to Find Us July 9th to 13th 2014

July 9, 2014

honey lavenderHey, we missed everyone with two markets being suspended because of the Independence Holiday weekend and all the folks on vacations.  If you are around, come on out to a farmer’s market and say hello and taste our cheeses.  The vegetables have really kicked in so there are some great meals to be made withg all the fresh local food you can find at the markets this week!

So here’s the line up of where you can find Edgwick Farm cheese with times and locations:

Wednesday 10 am to 4 pm: Cornwall Farmer’s Market, Town Hall Park, 183 Main Street, Cornwall, NY 12518 – Eli visits 2 to 3 pm!

Friday 10 am to 5 pm: Goshen Farmer’s Market, Village Square/Church Park Goshen NY (intersection of South Church St and Main St) Goshen, New York 10924 –  We have the first 2014 Funny Child ready for you as well as new batches of bloomies and fresh ri(goat)ta!

Saturday 9 am to 1 pm: Ringwood Farmer’s Market, Cannici Drive & Skyline Dr. (next to the Ringwood Public Library) Ringwood, New Jersey 07456

Saturday 10 am to 2 pm: Cornwall Farmer’s Market, Town Hall Park, 183 Main Street, Cornwall, NY 12518

Sunday 9 am to 2 pm: West Point – Town of Highlands Farmer’s Market, Main Street, Municipal Lot across from West Point Visitor’s Center, Highland, NY 10928

Sunday 11 am to 3 pm: Beacon Farmer’s Market, on the dock behind the train station, 8 Red Flynn Road, Beacon, New York 12508

Edgwick Farm will be bringing to all its markets:

  • plain Canterbury soft goat cheese,
  • Marinated Canterbury,
  • Rosemary Fig Canterbury,
  • Moodna goat feta (both in wedges and crumbles),
  • Sackett Ridge goat cheddar
  • Funny Child ale washed alpine style goat tomme
  • 3 styles of bloomy rinds: Firthcliffe (ash), Aleck Meadow (herbs de provence) and Idlewild (plain)
  • fresh fresh fresh ri(goat)ta, and
  •  by special request, Lavender Honey Canterbury.

Remember to grab an ice cold chocolate goat milk to sip while you are shopping at the market.

(P.S. Next week, we will be bringing our next seasonal jam pairing….BLUEBERRY.)

 

A little poetry for your Saturday

March 29, 2014

To Be of Use

By Marge Piercy

The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half submerged balls.

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who stand in the line and haul in their places,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.

From Circles on the Water (1982), by Alfred A. Knopf

Monday Goat Doodle

March 24, 2014

Happy Monday!

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Goat doodles of Edgwick Farm by Cara.

Where to Find Us This Weekend: March 15th and 16th

March 11, 2014

It is that time of the month when the forces converge and we have three farmer’s markets and four tours on one weekend.  Hello third weekend in March!

On Saturday, Talitha’s son, Gabe will be at the indoor winter farmer’s Market in Cornwall.  It is held in St. John’s Church at 66 Clinton St, Cornwall, NY 12518 from 11 am to 3 pm.  The market boast 8 to 10 vendors with all sorts of goodies: jam, pies, fresh greens, soap, etc.  and of course, our goat cheese.  The church staff sells soup, scones and coffee that can be consumed at tables at the market.

Also on Saturday, Talitha will be outdoors from 10 am to noon at the Ringwood Farmer’s Market in the Ringwood, NJ Park n Ride next to the Ringwood Library.  This is a once a month treat until late May so come get your cheese!  E-mail special orders to edgwickfarm@gmail.com.

On Sunday, Talitha’s son Daniel will be at the indoor Beacon Winter Farmer’s Market in the Scenic Hudson River House from 11 am to 3 pm.

To all three markets, we will be bringing fresh Canterbury goat cheese, Marinated Canterbury, Rosemary Fig Canterbury, Moodna feta, Sackett Ridge hard cheese and the last very tiny bit of Funny Child, our ale washed goat tomme.  This is it on the Funny Child and it won’t return until June so don’t miss out on this fantastic artisan cheese!

However, as a special, and to give you all something different to do with all this blasted winter weather (i.e.  cook and try out some new recipes), we are selling 4 ounces of crumbled feta for $4.  Check out a recipe list here:

http://edgwickfarm.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/this-weekends-feta-crumble-special-recipe-ideas/

Our upcoming weekend tours are just about 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!   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!

Have you ever thought about keeping bees?  We are offering a bee boot camp this April with hands on experience with the bees.  Check it out at:

http://edgwickfarm.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/honey-bee-boot-camp-2014/

On a last note, Talitha’s daughter Emma, who lives now in California turns 20 years. Happy birthday Miss Emma!  Edgwick Farm misses you!

Monday Goat Doodle

March 10, 2014

Happy Monday!

Goat selfie 3-10-14

Enjoy Cara’s goat doodles of Edgwick Farm!

Monday Goat Doodles

January 13, 2014

Henry is the father of most of the babies about to be born at the end of this week.Big Daddy 1-13-14

Goat doodles by Cara Meling, our herd manager.

Licensed Raw Goat Milk Available Again in Late January

January 9, 2014

Goat milk facts 1-9-14

Monday Goat Doodles

January 6, 2014

Christmas Trees 1-6-14

 

Happy Monday!

Farm Foto Friday December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013

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

Crows and Chickens

December 5, 2013

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Did you know that our local black crows protect our chicken flock as they free range the farm during the daylight hours?  

These crows are watchful for predators, in particular hawks and foxes, and will either drive them away or warn the flock with their cawing noises so that the chickens seek shelter.  I have witnessed them track a fox as it skulked through the brush approaching the chicken house and surround a hawk in a tree and taunt it until it flew away, then giving a noisy chase.  I have learned to pay attention to their cawing cries myself and leave the creamery or house to see what they have spotted.  They have warned me many times in time to save my flock from a daytime attack by a fox. The older flock members teach the younger chickens to pay attention to the crows as well and the rooster is always on alert for signals from the crows.

Our crows have never harmed any of our chickens.  They will share the scrap bucket with the chickens.  They have left our chicks alone and never gone into the chicken house after eggs.  However, I have seen them pick up ducks eggs and eat them since the silly ducks drop their eggs anywhere.

Crows are among the most intelligent animals, and can even make and use tools. They can also recognize individual people by their faces. 

If they attack your flock at all, it will probably be an attack of opportunity on chicks, very small bantams or very young birds. And as I mentioned, they may also be sneaky and try to steal eggs. They are very unlikely to attack adult chickens. If you see a large bird carrying off a chick from afar, you will probably be able to tell whether it is a bird of prey of some sort (such as a hawk or owl) or a crow, because a hawk will carry prey off with its feet, while a crow will carry prey off in its beak . Crows are not raptors and will simply not attack the way birds of prey will. In fact, the word “raptor” comes from a Latin word which means “to seize,” and it refers to the raptors’ proclivity for seizing prey with their strong feet and talons.

The truth is that crows are fairly unlikely predators–even for your young birds or eggs.  Crows are opportunists, if not hunters, and if they see an easy meal, they may take it. As I have seen, they may spot and eat eggs laid in the yard rather than in the coop, and in cases where eggs aren’t gathered frequently enough, may even learn to sneak into your coop to steal food or eggs from nests. 

Here are some examples to watch, if you are curious of crows harassing hawks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQz0xPLAQQc#t=18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtsYOFTptoE 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ-Dt-KUJnc

If there are crows around your house or coop it is good news for your flock.

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