Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Goat Farm
We arrived in time to see that goats being milked. The herd gathers here in the goat barn and the girls wait their turn in the milking room. It was open house day, and the barn was full of visitors watching the goats and feeding them handfuls of hay. The girls have done this enough that they know the drill...they wander up a ramp into the milking room....
where they line up in stations at eye level with the goat guy. He attaches an automatic milker to their udders. He feels each goat's bag to determine when it's empty, detaches the milking device and the goat wanders down another ramp back into the barn to be with her companions. It takes only a few minutes to milk each goat.
This farm is part of an association of produces who are "AB" certified and have banded together to market their special local products. Each producer will hold an open house at their farm this summer where they will all have their goods on sale for visitors. We bought walnut bread, sheep cheese and little pie pans of stuffed snails ready to heat and eat. There were also sausages, crepes, wine, honey, and couscous on offer The "AB" designation that these farms hold means that they adhere to a rigorous set of organic food production standards set by the EU. It stands for Agriculture Biologic, BIO (bee-o) for short. I've already marked my calendar for a visit to the snail farm. Maybe I can learn how to turn my garden pests into dinner there!