Although most activity on the farm is slowing down, the male goats are starting to get busy. Breeding season for goats starts in early fall and lasts through mid-winter. You can normally tell when it has begun, because the bucks start to have a…err…stronger odor. We keep the bucks separated until a designated time so we have more control over when the kids will be born in the spring. The bucks sport marking vests with a colored marker on their chests so we can tell when each doe has been bred. We keep an eye out and record when a new doe has a mark on her back. Goats have a gestation period of approximately 145 days, so this helps us plan ahead for kidding season, aka: the cutest time of the year!
In 2018 we look forward to a whole new crop of apprentices and we have started taking applications. Apprentices have the opportunity to focus on different enterprises on the farm: veggies, field cropping, livestock and dairy/cheese making. See the careers section of our website for more details.
|Goat Cheese||20 pounds|
|Stewing Hens||15 pounds|
|Winter Radish||50 pounds|
|GRAND TOTAL||256 pounds|
Now that it is starting to officially feel like winter, here is a delicious soup recipe to keep you warm.
Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until glassy. Add celery and carrots, cook till softened.
Add red pepper flakes and garlic. Cook until garlic is fragrant but not brown, 30 seconds.
Pour in stock, raise heat to high and bring to a boil.
Add potatoes, lower heat to lively simmer and cook 15 minutes.
Stir in kale, salt and pepper, cook 15 minutes more. Serve with crusty bread.
Not sure what to get your family for the holidays? A CFF Sweatshirt, of course! Sizes range from Small to X-Large. Sweatshirts are $35.00 and we accept cash, check, or credit card. Merchandise can be purchased directly from the farm by contacting Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org. We apply 100% of our proceeds directly back into feeding those who lack access to a balanced diet.
By partnering with several Bucks County food pantries, Broad Street Ministry, Coalition Against Hunger, Cathedral Kitchen and Face to Face Germantown, people throughout the Philadelphia area are benefiting from our nutritious harvest.