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Crafting Cheese From The Ground Up: Waxing Philosophical

Yup, its been awhile. Lot of stuff keeping me away….

Visitors to the farm.

As a Lutheran, it is general knowledge that God has a plan. It is my personal preference that I am informed of said plan whereas I can point out the errors of the plan. So far, the Almighty has chosen to ignore my preference.

Last year I made a decision that left me with tremendous sadness, a profound sense of loss, anger and a crazy scary but exciting future ahead of me. I have spent the time clearing out a house after 27 years and working the farm best I could with winter running late this year. On March 7th, 2019, my brother in law, Greig, opted to stop the dialysis that was keeping him going, He was tired. The family, both in-town, out-of-town and one out-of-stater, rallied for a all family visit early on so he could enjoy everyone and say his goodbyes. We expected the end to come swiftly, a few days to a couple of weeks. Since I wasn’t running a cheese business, I was able to drop in with my suitcase and cooking stuff and announce I would stay until they wanted me to leave. My sister was caring for him at home. Amazingly, Greig stayed with us for 31 days and I was able to stay the entire time and help my sister weather the most difficult storm of her life. O’ ye of little faith…….(in the unrevealed plan).

garlic and shallots planted October 2018
Ryegrass
Yup, time to mow, up to Matilda’s hood!

So now, I am back on track, working like a whirling dervish on the farm. The pasture gifted me with cereal ryegrass that I hadn’t planted, so I had to cut it down so the stuff I wanted could grow. The Jersey girls haven’t arrived yet so I am coordinating a cut and bale for the first round. Once the girls get here, they will keep it mowed down. I have a huge garden coming up, something I have missed for the past five years. The garlic and shallots planted last fall are doing amazing. I found blueberry plants from a farmer that ordered too many ( I LOVE Craigslist) so I am putting those in.

The good stuff – if you’re a Jersey Girl

The power is scheduled for next week, well work and septic shortly after. The USDA and WSDA came out yesterday to confirm we were on track to meet licensing requirements. Hopefully we will be up and crafting cheese by mid-summer.

Last Call variety Blueberries

So, I promise to be better at my updates. I am continually grateful for the number of past and new potential customers that have contacted me and continue to offer support for our journey. Thanks for joining us on this crazy, scary ride!

Laurie

Crafting Cheese From The Ground Up: On a roll with 2019

Welcome 2019! As always the beginning of the New Year is a time for introspection. While 2017 had given us some real zingers, 2018 took us by the hand and gently, but firmly, pulled us in a new direction. It has deposited us on the doorstep of 2019 and said, “Go forth and be joyful in your labors!”

Change is hard. One must grapple with the sadness of loss, the fear of the unknown. But we are blessed. While we have always had the love and support of our family and friends in our endeavor, our new direction puts us back at home among them. Even more exciting, since our return, our circle has widened!

We are grateful to have the continued support of our customers. When we announced our new direction, the first response from a number of them was “what can we do for you?” followed by “let us know when you are ready, we are here for you”. Thank You!

Look out 2019, here we come! Matilda, the tractor, is back on the road, I put in a garden seed order for the first time in four years (Blew my entire budget at Baker Creek Seeds). January means I have to continue clear out the house to be ready for working on the farm as soon as spring arrives. I have to continue haranguing the beleaguered spouse (who has that pesky day job) to beat down the honey-do list.

Thanks for stopping by!

Laurie