June 19th

It has been raining, raining, raining, and I think that it is starting to turn into a rain forest around here. When you think that it is finally going to dry out, it rains again! Lush green is everywhere between the mud and everything outdoors- flowers, greens, vegetables, grass, has exploded and changed beautifully since I last posted. I have so many pictures to share from the last month that I abandoned the blog that I don’t know where to start! I’ll start with animals. You can’t go wrong starting with animals, can you?

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Eleven Muscovy ducklings hatched recently, much to the excitement of 2 year old twins who have been impatiently watching the mama on her nest and waiting for the day when “My baby ducks come.” Unfortunately, Mama Duck does not appreciate the snuggles that  Ola and William want to give to her babies, and so we watch from outside her territory most of the time.DSCF0049The chickens and ducks are back to being moved throughout the pasture, eating bugs and grass, and their winter spot has been plowed up and is ready for planting.DSCF9771 DSCF9803

We were able to revive a tiny, weak little lamb that came to us a few weeks ago. He’s chunky and spunky now and has figured out nursing, but here he is teeny when we were still bottle feeding him.

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One  big spring project was fencing our main pasture that was partly rickety barbed-wire fencing broken in places and risky for the animals. Due to the hard  work of the fencing crew, the field is now completely fenced in woven wire.  Here are some pictures of the fencing and the clearing of a road through and around our woods. Papa was the photographer, so he’s not in any of the pictures. I’ll have to take more pictures of our new walking trail and the beautiful fence.

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The goats are not so happy about all this rain, but whenever it is dry, they are out gorging on the lush greens in their newly fenced pasture.  The kids are growing, growing and the seven milkers are filling our fridges with milk, cheese, and yogurt. And the freezer with ice cream, some all goat milk, some with local cream.

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Here is a Chocolate Mint Mousse also using local Jersey cow cream.

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Ola and William have become quite the goat milkers. They know the names of each doe and the order they are milked in. They know the personalities of each goat and which ones kick and will need them to hold their legs, and which ones are the  easiest to milk. And they can milk, actually really milk, fast!

I’m proud of my helpers!

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We have been having some problems with too much Chèvre. Isn’t that an awful predicament?  I tried to find something to do with it all after we had made lots of cheesy pesto and the fridge was still full.  I made two chevre pound cakes and a chèvre cheesecake with strawberry, lemon, lavender, honey jam on top. YUM! But, somehow, there were still cups of Chevre in the fridge! When I perfect my Arcadia Farm Goat Cheese Cheesecake recipe I’ll share it on here.

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I’ve also been experimenting with some new types of cheeses,. St. Maure de Touraine  and Ash Cheese, both recipes from New England Cheese Making. St. Maure is a log shaped, melt in your mouth cheese with a grayish white bloomy rind activated with ash. This is my first time making it, but it is definitaly going to become a regular! Two gallons of goat milk made four logs. We have already eaten two at different aging times and it has been fun to taste the difference of a week. We ate the first at 6 days of aging and even two days later it was stronger. We’ll try the next log at two weeks of aging in a few days.

The Ash Cheese looks a lot like Brie with a beautiful white bloomy rind and a layer of ash in the middle. We haven’t opened this cheese yet, because I’m waiting till it has aged for two weeks. The longer both of these cheeses age, the stronger and smoother they will get as they age from the rind inward.

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As a result of all this rain, a mysterious terra cotta pipe has been bubbling out of  hole in the bottom of our pasture and forming our own mini creek through the tall grass and even a little waterfall over the roots of a tree! This is the third or fourth time that this has happened after the big spring rains and it is great to have running water on our land, even if it isn’t permanent.  Arcadia Spring Creek is just the right size for Ola and William and a great favorite of the duck flock.

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Our lunches are looking like this these June days. Queso Blanco, St. Maure, purple carrots, garlic scape pesto, tomatoes, peas, kefir bread and yogurt strawberry smoothies. Everything except for ingredients such as salt and flour comes fro Arcadia Farm.

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An upcoming post will feature the gardens, but here are some pictures of the green Arcadia Farm.

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11 thoughts on “June 19th

  1. Bravo Sophie! What a fine writer and photographer you are. I love your posts.

    love, Lucretia

    On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM, arcadia farm

  2. Wonderful blog! I am enchanted as always with your words, the food, the cheese! the photos of beautiful Ola and William growing so fast! It is paradise for me to admire your work and life! Mille fois merci !

  3. Hi Sophie, Your grandfather shared your blog and pictures with us as he knows how much we admire you and your family. Thank you so much for the lovely pictures and your comments. I think you should consider writing a book about Arcadia life! Dad could add some poetry? Think about it. Hugs from the Walsworths

    • I will think about it! Thanks for the idea and comment.
      I hope that you are doing well and having a great spring!
      ~Sophie

  4. Sophie,

    This was an awesome post.  I don’t even know where to begin.  How  do you have the time to do all this?  I want to eat everything you make.  I’ve been wondering how your ash cheese came out.  The pictures are great too.  I love those little swimsuits the twins are wearing.

    • You make time for doing what you love, don’t you think?
      I want to eat everything YOU make! (Even stinky blue cheese!)
      ~Sophie

  5. Sophie,
    I think my favorite picture is of William in the field, sitting with his chin in his hands. He’s adorable! You are very good at writing and I LOVE reading your posts!
    -Ana

    • Thank you Ana!
      William is very photogenic which makes it easy for me!
      Thanks for your comments.
      Hope to see you soon.

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