This week, we had our good friends at Quakertown Veterinary Clinic come and examine our goats to confirm if any are pregnant. After performing ultrasounds on 20 goats, we found we have a 90% conception rate so far, there a couple that may be pregnant just not as far along as the other ladies! We were not able to tell how many each girl was carrying (typically it will be just one, sometimes twins) but we do know they are in good health. We are already counting down the days to one of our most favorite times of year at the farm!
This spring we are looking forward to a whole new troop of apprentices. Apprentices have the opportunity to focus on different enterprises on the farm: veggies, field cropping, livestock and dairy/cheese making. For more details and to apply, see the careers section of our website.
Run a double layer of cheesecloth under warm water to dampen, then gently squeeze to remove any excess water. Line a colander with the cheesecloth and set in the sink.
Combine the vinegar and lemon juice in a small bowl.
Bring the milk and cream to 190 degrees F, over medium-low heat, in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, stirring frequently to keep the milk mixture from scorching on the bottom. Add half of the vinegar mixture and 1 tablespoon salt and stir for 10 seconds (you’ll see the milk mixture begin to slightly curdle). Remove from the heat, cover the saucepan with a lid and let sit for 20 minutes. Now stir in the remaining vinegar and the mixture will continue to curdle. Pour the mixture into a colander.
Let drain until the desired texture, about 15 minutes for soft ricotta, 20 minutes for firm and creamy and 30 minutes for firm and slightly dry. For soft ricotta, serve warm or chilled. For firm ricottas, gather the excess cheesecloth and shape the ricotta into a ball and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
A quick change in the temperature doesn’t mean Spring is right around the corner, hoodies are still a must! What better way to stay warm then in a CFF sweatshirt. 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.
Remember, 100% of the proceeds go to feed the needy in our own backyards.
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.