Photo taken at Golden Glen Creamery / Jensen & Son Dairy in Bow, WA

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gothberg Farms Queso Blanco and Queso Fresco cheeses

I asked lady goat farmer and artesian goat cheesemaker Rhonda Gothberg what her favorite ways to use her Queso Blanco and Queso Fresco cheeses are. She responded: 1. Quesadillas 2. nachos 3. chile rellenos 4. enchiladas 5. grilled chz sandwich anywhere melted chz w/ slight lactic flavor is enjoyed.

I used Rhonda's Queso Blanco and Queso Fresco to make bruschetta which also included organic butter spinach and tomato, local sourdough bread, and fresh crabmeat from Taylor Shellfish. Wine from Trader Joe's. Tulips and daffs, of course, from Skagit Valley. LIFE IS BETTER WITH FLOWERS.





CONTACT INFORMATION
Gothberg Farms
15203 Sunset Road
Bow WA 98232
Telephone (360) 202-2436
Twitter @gothbergfarms
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gothbergfarms




WSU Livestock Advisor class visits Well Fed Farms

In the pouring rain on April 25th the WSU Livestock Advisor program visited Katharine Isserlis and Erik Olson at their farm in Bow, WA. I enjoyed their chickens last year and this year will be purchasing natural open grazed pork from them. They're now taking orders for broiler chickens and pork, you can find the order form on their website. You can watch a really informative and fun video of my visit with Katharine here
Well Fed Farms raising broiler chickens

Irene, Well Fed Farms lovely Jersey heifer (very pregnant)

Irene, Well Fed Farms lovely Jersey heifer (very pregnant) in pasture on a very rainy day

Irene, Well Fed Farms lovely Jersey heifer (very pregnant) in pasture on a very rainy day


Well Fed Farms
9402 Avon Allen Road
Bow WA 98232
(360) 391-8986
Farm@wellfedfarms.net



Saturday, April 14, 2012

Video: The story of farmer Rhonda Gothberg of Gothberg Farms

Rhonda Gothberg is a small dairy farmer who crafts award-winning artesian goat cheeses (and yogurt too) in the beautiful space of Skagit Valley called Bow where she lives with her husband Roy and her herd of adorable La Mancha goats. I spent half a day with Rhonda last Autumn in her home and around her farm, and the following video is the result.


SNEAK PEEK: Rhonda bravely became a commercial dairy farmer at age 50! She had never been a farmer before, her prior background was in nursing and real estate. Rhonda is Texas Friendly, warm, entertaining, articulate, funny, intelligent, generous, and full up on her share of business smarts. Rhonda doesn't have a lot of "free" time which made the Southern Hospitality she rolled out for me on this day all the more appreciated. Rhonda tells some great stories about her life, her family, the love of her La Mancha goats, her goat cheeses, the health aspects of raw milk and raw milk cheese, what goes into participating in Farmers Markets, the business of being a small dairy farmer, and much more. Enjoy the video and go visit Rhonda. Oh, and buy her fabulous cheeses whenever you can. 




CONTACT INFORMATION
Gothberg Farms
15203 Sunset Road
Bow WA 98232
Telephone (360) 202-2436
Twitter @gothbergfarms
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gothbergfarms


END NOTES: 

All of my video of Skagit Valley farmers are posted in this blog as well as on my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/denicer

And you can communicate with me on Twitter at @urbantweeter

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Well Fed Farms deadline to purchase pastured chickens & pork at lower price is extended

Katharine and Erik of Well Fed Farms in Bow, WA wants you to know that the deadline for ordering their pastured chickens and pastured pork at a lower price is extended to April 25th. I can tell you that Katharine's and Erik's chickens are delicious. 

The link to their descriptive and fun flyer and order form is magically right here

Call them at (360) 391-8986 with your questions or to order. 

Well Fed Farms
9402 Avon Allen Road
Bow WA 98232

Email - farm@wellfedfarms.net

Happy Easter - perfect opportunity to start over again

HAPPY EASTER everybody. It's been awhile since my last post but I'm back in the saddle and I ain't leavin' the barn till the work is done ... so to speak. 

This anonymous writing pretty well describes how I feel about Easter:
Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal.  It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising, to revel in the faith which transports us out of ourselves and the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown. 
... to seek the slopes where the sun is rising. I love that visual. 

Easter is about hope and faith. It's a perfect mindset to push our internal RESET buttons and get back to moving with the good foot. 

I've experienced how stress can devour vaporize creativity, stagnate productivity, and tick away precious moments of the already short time we have on this planet. 

I've been reading about stress from different perspectives (scientific, spiritual, religious, medical). About "good" stress and "bad" stress. About "positive" stress and "negative" stress. About "normal" stress and "abnormal" stress. 

With myself, family, friends, clients, and people that I randomly cross paths with, I'm remind of these two descriptions of stress: 

(a) a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation; and

(b) bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium. 

Stress is expensive and dangerous. Here's a snippet of something I recently read:
  • Stress is recognized as the number one proxy killer disease* today. The American Medical Association has noted that stress was the basic cause of more than 60 percent of all human illness and disease .
  • It is estimated that American businesses lose approximately $200-$300 billion dollars per year to stress related productivity loss and the treatment costs.
  • Every week, 95 million Americans suffer some kind of stress related symptoms for which they take medication.    
  • A 20-year study conducted by the University of London concluded that unmanaged reactions to stress were a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than either cigarette smoking or high cholesterol foods.
  • A survey of 201 U.S. corporations revealed that 60% of all managers felt that stress related illness was pervasive among their workers and decreased productivity at an estimated cost of 16 days of sick leave and $8,000 per person per year.
On this Easter Sunday, regardless of your religious affiliation or non-affiliation, I'd like to throw a thought out into the Universe for you to catch if you like. I believe that most of humanity is hungry for Peace. We want to be Healthy and Happy, Heard and Productive, Loving and Loved. We want to be treated Fairly and we don't want to Suffer. We want to express ourselves Creatively and we want to feel in some way that our life matters. 

My thought: From today through the rest of the year, or through as long as you like, spend at least 1 calm minute every day thinking about Health, Happiness, Dreams, Hope, Gratitude, and other thoughts that hold Redeeming and Renewing value.