One day last week I received a “like” on my granola business’s Facebook page. As any curious person might, I checked how this new “like” might have found really granola. I quickly looked her up and found she has a Soap business of her own and makes goat milk soap. I had seen her nice soaps and so I “liked” her page. Then I got a Facebook message from her, and seems we know similar people and she, like I, enjoys bartering! As I have mentioned many times, dairy is the one thing we really don’t have, but until now I couldn’t seem to find anyone who could trade milk for something we had to offer. We agreed upon Friday, and I gathered jars for goat milk and granola to trade for both milk and soap.
Friday came and I wove my way down through the valley past a county park and lake, and then just a bit further and found their home. I was met in the driveway by a large dog who escorted my car down the driveway, and as I opened my door, wondering how the dog would respond, it came over to my door and sat down and looked at me. Yes, good dog. There is something about being greeted by an 80 lb dog and not knowing how it will feel about you being there, but clearly this boy was looking for pets and “atta boys”. I didn’t see anyone apart from my new friend till a little girl of about 6 came walking up the driveway toward me. I told her that I bet that I was looking for her Mama, and she smiled and with her hands in both pockets she tipped her head and said “follow me”. We got to the door and with one direction of her hand, the dog that outweighed her by 30 pounds took off directly, and around the corner to his dog entry at the back, and I was brought in to a kitchen with a hearth and fire roaring in it. Here I met my new friend and tasted goat milk like it was the first time. I am discounting the time I tried it when it tasted very “goaty”, and was told the reason I liked this was because it was so fresh! She heated water on her wood stove in the kitchen and made french press coffee and I added the goat milk which made it creamy and delicious. I was won over! I was sent off with 4 bars of beautiful soap, and two half gallons of goat milk – one fresh for drinking and one a few days old for making cheese, and I said goodbye to tiny home school girl who used words like, precarious, casually.
The crackers turned out like biscuits, for some reason I haven’t been able to get them thin enough but the goat cheese mixed with tomato powder, basil and salt was wonderful!
Although we do have frozen green beans, yellow beans, collards, kale, brussels sprouts, italian flat beans and broccoli in the freezer, I was craving fresh greens, and so are the chickens! I grew these sprouts for us and for them. Tonight we had a BLT spin off… No knead bread, our bacon, local radishes (huge) sliced, sprouts, mayo and well drained fresh salsa. We had a build up of eggs so I used last nights left over boiled potatoes and added hard boiled eggs, some dill relish and local onions to make potato salad, and served it with a cinnamon applesauce and local ginger brew. It was like a summer picnic!
Here is a radish salad with spouts, after the picture I got the idea to sprinkle goat cheese over the top. Mmmmmm!
Coming up? Spring planning…..