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!

Happy Spring 3-25-14

 

Goat doodles of Edgwick Farm by Cara.

FAQ: Do your cheeses contain lactose or casein?

March 21, 2014

Goat milk naturally contains less lactose than cow’s milk, but it is not lactose-free. Our goat milk cheeses contain about 2% lactose.

Casein is a natural protein that is present in all milk. Many people who are milk allergic or who have difficulty with casein, especially the Alpha S1 found in cow milk, may incorporate goat milk products into their diet successfully due to the major prevalence of Alpha S2 casein in goat milk.

Please consult your doctor or nutritionist before making any dietary changes.

Farm Foto Friday March 21, 2014

March 21, 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.

 

Bee facts from Cara

March 18, 2014

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Did you know royal jelly is a secretion from the glands on the top of a honey bee’s head? All larvae gets fed royal jelly for the first 2-3 days; but only the queen will  be fed royal jelly her whole life. A work bee’s life span is 35-40 days, while a queen can live 5-6 years. Studies indicate the effectiveness of royal jelly in humans for anxiety, asthma, liver disease, arthritis, kidney disease, and ulcers (just to name a few).

Monday Goat Doodles

March 17, 2014

Happy Monday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St Paddys Day 3-17-14

 

Enjoy Cara’s goat doodles of Edgwick Farm!

Farm Foto Friday March 14, 2014

March 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.

 

Bee Facts from Cara

March 13, 2014

Did you know that a male honey bee is called a “drone”?  Their sole function is reproduction (they don’t even have stingers!) When the temperatures start to drop, the worker bees (female honey bees) kick the drones out of the hive to starve to death. This assures there is enough food to last through the winter. Then come spring, they just make more drones!

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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!

This weekend’s feta crumble special: recipe ideas!

March 11, 2014

Enough of this damn winter…can’t garden, so you may as well COOK!

We are having a special this weekend only: 4 ounces of feta crumbles for $4.

feta crumbles

What can you do with feta crumbles?  Be prepared to drool…

Here are some ideas:

Feta Couscous salad: http://www.alouettecheese.com/recipes/salads-and-sandwiches/feta-couscous-salad/

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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon-Feta:  http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/roasted-asparagus-lemon-feta-crumble

roasted asparagus with lemon feta

Easy Pasta Salad with Feta: http://www.thecookingmom.com/recipe-box/salads/easy-pasta-salad-with-feta-cheese/

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Spinach and Feta Casserole with Brown Rice: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2011/11/recipe-for-spinach-and-feta-casserole.html

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Apple Quinoa Salad with feta crumbles: http://pumpsandiron.com/2012/09/24/apple-feta-quinoa-salad-with-cranberries-and-walnuts/

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Orzo with scallops, artichokes, feta: http://www.dinner-mom.com/orzo-pasta-with-scallops-artichokes/

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Wheat berry sald with feta:  http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-wheat-berry-salad-with-78138

wheat berry salad

Farinata topped with roasted fall veggies and crumbled feta: http://www.thefooddocs.com/farinata-topped-with-roasted-fall-vegetables-and-crumbled-feta-cheese/

Farinata-on-Pizza-Board

Bruschetta with Tzatziki, Sundried Tomatoes, Feta: http://www.twobluelemons.com/2013/04/bruschetta-wtih-tzatziki-sundried.html

Bruschetta with Tzatziki, sundried tomatoes, feta

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter & Feta: http://www.reclaimingprovincial.com/2012/10/17/pumpkin-gnocchi-with-sage-brown-butter-feta/

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Are you drooling yet?

We will have our feta crumble special at the farm, for sale at the end of tours, at Cornwall Farmer’s Market, Ringwood Farmer’s Market and Beacon Farmer’s Market.


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