(I’m subtitling this “The White Album”, with profuse apologies to the Beatles, because all of the pictures are white … including the one with the chickens!)
Of course, I waited until the last minute to call up Allison at Buckley’s Homestead Supply.
“Do you have any chevre culture on hand?”, I asked, confident that she did.
“Well, everyone’s been getting their milk shares and we’ve actually sold out.”
I know what you’re thinking. It’s what I was thinking too. ”This is exactly why a person should not wait until the last minute!”
Allison continued, “I do have some ‘fromagina’ culture. Will that work?”
Relieved, I said it would.
In retrospect, I’m glad we landed on this new cheese culture because it gave me a way to make the point that the type of culture determines the flavor and texture of the cheese. This one is a little softer and smoother than the regular chevre.
Our little group met at Tabor Mountain Bakehouse, where Kristi and Brian graciously hosted us. I’d like to mention that in addition to giving us gluten-free berry oatcakes, whoopie pies and almond bars to eat, Brian also washed all the dishes! I didn’t expect that! Thanks to his hard work, I hardly had to do any clean-up and was home in plenty of time for Chicken Bedtime.
Marilan, from Easter Egg Acres, brought milk for everyone. Seriously! She brought us two gallons to work with PLUS a half gallon for every student to take home. AND she made ice cream too! I can’t thank her enough for her contributions to this class. She really made it extra-special!
The five students asked lots of questions, which I love because that’s the only way I know whether I’m telling them what they want to know. They said nice things in the feedback forms too.
“This is a wonderful class and I can say I feel confident to make my own milk [cheese] and yogurt now.” - a participant
They gave me good feedback about my goal of inspiring people to buy local agricultural products too. One student said she would like to know more, which gives me the idea to put lists of where you can get locally grown products on this website. In that spirit, I’ve added a list of where you can get goat milk and goat milk products around here.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated and made this such a great class! See you next time!
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