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The Perks of Owning a Wether (a castrated male goat)

January 27, 2016

(A guest post from Cara, our herd manager)

There are many perks to owning wethers. If you are looking for pets, 4-H projects, pack animals, goats for landscaping, or looking to add to your herd, you might want to consider wethers. A wether can be the sweetest of all goats (and make very loving and affectionate pets!) They do not go into heat and become hormonal like does and they don’t go into rut and stink like bucks (bucks urinate on their own face during breeding season, as well as emit odors from their scent glands that even your neighbors can smell!) You do not need to provide separate housing for your wether if you have other goats. They are quite happy living among does.

If you have your own farm, adding wethers to your herd can be quite beneficial. (1) If you do community outreach, a wether is perfect for the job so you do not have to worry about putting stress on a milking doe by taking her off the farm. We have a wether here at Edgwick Farm (Eli!) that we have used for farmers market visits, programs at the library (did you know Eli has his own library card?) and he was even in the local parade.  (2) Although wethers cannot breed does, they can still tell when a doe is in heat. Having a wether during breeding season is quite beneficial. After the bucks have bred the herd, Eli will let us know if a breeding was unsuccessful and the doe needs to be reintroduced to a buck. (3) You can train your wether to be the herd leader, leading the does out to pasture and back in at the end of the day. We have also found that Eli is the peace keeper of the herd, always trying to separate fights between does.

We will have lots of baby boys born here on the farm this season. Feel free to email us with any questions or if you would like to add some boys to your family or herd. We have heard so many loving success stories from families who chose to add wethers from our farm to their lives!

Cara and Eli

2016 Winter Farm Tours at Edgwick Farm

January 19, 2016

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Guided Farm Tours By Reservation ONLY

February to April

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10 am and 2 pm

Eventbrite - 2016 Winter Farm Tour at Edgwick Farm

A unique educational experience for families to see where their food comes from.

Meet our dairy goats and their babies as well as chickens and ducks and their babies.

Taste the milk and cheese these animals help produce after touring the farm.

FAQs

How long does the farm tour last? What can we expect?

Tours are typically about an hour long and include an educational tour guided by our herd manager and personal contact with our milking goats and an opportunity for each family to visit the baby goat pen and cuddle the babies.

After visiting with the animals, there is a bathroom to wash hands.

Then the cheesemakers will taste goat milk and goat cheeses in the viewing room where you can look through a big window to see cheese being made.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Please enter the driveway of the house at 348 Angola Road and proceed up the small road to the red building which is our creamery and microdairy and park in front of it.

How should we dress?

Although, there is very limited walking on the tour and most of the tour occurs inside semi-heated buildings, you should dress for cold outdoor weather in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.  Consider wearing boots (no open toes shoes) and maybe bring a plastic bags to stash dirty boots at the end of the tour.

What can’t I bring to the event?

Please do not bring dogs to the farm tour.  They will frighten our farm animals.

What does the tour cost? Do you charge for young children?

The farm tours cost $10 per person.  (This covers our out of pocket costs.)  Children under 2 years old are able to attend at no charge by reserving a free under 2 ticket. However, each child four and under must be accompanied by an adult to assure there is reasonable supervision during animal contact.

Why do you limit tours to 15 attendees?

We are a working farm, milking twice a day, 7 days a week and making cheese daily as well.  The tours are scheduled around this and are small so as to fit in our spaces and not over stress the animals.

We buy your milk and cheese and eggs at the farmer’s markets.  Can we buy some after the tour to bring home?

Yes.  Milk and cheese and eggs will be available for purchase.

Refund Policy

Cancellations are permitted 48 hours prior to tour date by e-mailing edgwickfarm@gmail.com.  Tours are rain or shine.  Edgwick Farm reserves the right to cancels tours and refund payments due to severe weather or lack of sufficient reservations.

Group Policy

Special arrangements need to be made for school, homeschool, 4-H, boy or girl scout groups by e-mailing edgwickfarm@gmail.com to get further information about booking and pricing.

Further Questions

Have further questions about Edgwick Farm 2016 Winter Tours, e-mail edgwickfarm@gmail.com.

Where to Find Us November 14th and 15th, 2015

November 13, 2015

meet me at the market

Where to Find Edgwick Farm this week:
Saturday: Pleasantville Farmers Market, Memorial Plaza, 8:30 am to 1 pm
Saturday: Down to Earth Markets Chelsea Farmer’s Market, New York, NY,Sidewalk on North side of 23rd St., E of 9th Ave, 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday: Down to Earth Markets Croton on Hudson Farmer’s Market,, Municipal Palce Lot, 9 am to 2 pm
We are bringing our third week of Cranberry Orange Canterbury, plain Canterbury, Marinated Canterbury, Rosemary Fig Canterbury, Moodna Feta, Sackett Ridge Goat Cheddar and Funny Child Ale Washed Goat Cheese. We are hoping to have a new batch of Firthcliffe, our bloomy rind with ash, out of the cave next week for Thanksgiving enjoyment.
See you at market!

2015 Pumpkin Drop Off

November 3, 2015

Pumpkin Drop Off 2015

Sign up for this event HERE.

Where to Find Us November 7th & 8th 2015

November 3, 2015

meet me at the market

Where to Find Edgwick Farm this week:
Saturday: Pleasantville Farmers Market, Memorial Plaza, 8:30 am to 1 pm
Saturday: First indoor Town Of Cornwall Farmers Market, Munger Cottage 10 am to 2 pm
Sunday: Down to Earth Markets Croton on Hudson Farmer’s Market,, Municipal Palce Lot, 9 am to 2 pm
Sunday: Pumpkin Drop off, Noon to 4 pm, at the farm, 348 Angola Road, cheese available for purchase on our creamery porch
We are bringing our second week of Cranberry Orange Canterbury, plain Canterbury, Marinated Canterbury, Rosemary Fig Canterbury, Moodna Feta, Sackett Ridge Goat Cheddar, Funny Child Ale Washed Goat Cheese and a limited amount of Firthcliffe, our bloomy rind with ash.
See you at market!

2015 Edgwick Farm Drop Off Day

October 28, 2015

Pumpkin Drop Off 2015

Where to Find Us: October 7th to 13th 2015

October 6, 2015

meet me at the market

What a wash out it was last week! We missed seeing you all!
Edgwick Farm will be to be at FOUR farmer’s markets this week:
Wednesday: Talitha will be at the outdoors Town Of Cornwall Farmers Market from noon to 6 pm. Dorothy, the six month old baby goat will be visiting at 4 to 5 pm.
Friday: Both Dan and Talitha will be at the Goshen Farmers’ Market from 10 am to 5 pm.
Saturday: Cara will be at the The Ringwood Farmers’ Market from 9 am to 1 pm.
Sunday: Both Dan and Talitha will be at the Beacon Farmers’ Market from 10 am to 3 pm.
Due to staffing issues, we will miss Cornwall on Saturday and can no longer attend Cold Spring Farmer’s Market.
Our special October seasonal pairing is Pumpkin Spice Canterbury. And we have ripe Firthcliffe and young Firthcliffe (ash), Aleck Meadow (herbs de provence) and Idlewild (plain), our goat bloomy rind cheeses.
What else can you find at our market table? Canterbury fresh goat cheese, Marinated Canterbury, Rosemary Fig Canterbury, Moodna goat feta in wedges and crumbles and Sackett Ridge goat cheddar and the 2015 Funny Child goat tomme washed with Beanhead Coffee Porter from Rushing Duck.
Half gallons of pasteurized milk are done for the season (available again in late January) but you can still grab a cup of fresh chocolate goat milk to quench your thirst at market.
We look forward to seeing you!

October Seasonal Pairing: Pumpkin Spice Canterbury

September 29, 2015

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Now is that it is autumn, come get the taste that marks the season: PUMPKIN! Edgwick Farm uses our own Canterbury soft goat cheese and mixes it with a fresh pumpkin compote with honey and pumpkin pie spices to create a creamy, tangy delicacy that is complimented with a savory pumpkin pie taste and a sweet finish. Think pumpkin cheese cake in your mouth!

The applications of this fall favorite are endless. Roll in maple sugar and pecans for a savory autumn cheese plate. Spread on toast points to compliment a bowl of thick butternut squash soup. Mix with hot, roasted potatoes for a delicate, softened chevre and pumpkin flavor to compliment your sides. Roll in herbs and stuff a succulent roasted chicken. Or simply enjoy as is, preferably with a hard cider.

Pumpkin Spice Canterbury will be available from Edgwick Farm for the entire month of October.

Where to Find Edgwick Farm This Week: September 30, 2015 to October 4, 2015

September 29, 2015

goat in rain

It is starting to look like this weeks’ markets are going to be washed out due to very heavy rain! Most of our markets are rain or shine but check back to our page for up to date information before you head out.

Nevertheless, Edgwick Farm is scheduled to be at SIX farmer’s markets this week:

Wednesday: Dan will be at the outdoors Town of Cornwall Farmer’s Market from noon to 6 pm.

Friday: Both Dan and Talitha will be at the Goshen Farmer’s Market from 10 am to 5 pm.

Saturday: Dan will be at the Cold Spring Farmer’s Market from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Saturday: Talitha will be at the Ringwood NJ Farmer’s Market from 9 am to 1 pm.

Saturday: Bailey will be at Town of Cornwall Farmer’s Market from 10 am to 2 pm.

Sunday: Both Dan and Talitha will be at the Beacon Farmer’s Market from 10 am to 3 pm.

We are rolling our our October seasonal pairing: Pumpkin Spice Canterbury.

What else can you find at our market table? Canterbury fresh goat cheese, Marinated Canterbury, Rosemary Fig Canterbury, Moodna goat feta in wedges and crumbles and Sackett Ridge goat cheddar and the 2015 Funny Child goat tomme washed with Beanhead Coffee Porter from Rushing Duck.

Half gallons of pasteurized milk are done for the season (available again in late January.)

We look forward to seeing you!

Recipe Sunday: Potato, Squash & Goat Cheese Gratin

September 27, 2015

Now that Fall is here and them temperatures are cooler, get cozy with this Potato, Squash & Goat Cheese Gratin, courtesy of The Kitchn. YUM!

Potato squash goat cheese gratin

Potato, Squash, & Goat Cheese Gratin

Serves 6

2 medium yellow summer squash, about 1/2 pound
4 small to medium red potatoes, about 1 pound
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil or thyme leaves

Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 1 1/2- to 2-quart casserole dish with a drizzle of olive oil.

Use a mandoline or chef’s knife to slice the squash and potatoes into very, very thin slices, 1/8-inch thick or less. Toss the sliced vegetables with the 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl.

Place a third of the squash and potato slices in the bottom of the dish — no need to layer them squash-potato-squash; just spread them evenly — then season with salt and pepper. Top with half of the goat cheese, scattered evenly in large chunks. Repeat with another third of the vegetables, seasoning again with salt and pepper and topping with the other half of the goat cheese. Finish by layering on the final third of the vegetables and seasoning with salt and pepper.

Pour the milk over the entire dish. Top with the Parmesan cheese. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake 15 more minutes, until the top browns. Scatter on the fresh basil, if using.

Find link for recipe with more photos, reviews and nutritional information here:

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-potato-squash-goat-cheese-gratin-90647


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