Farm-To-Table Dinner In 3 More Days!

Join us at The Goat Cheese Lady Farm this Saturday, August 20, 2016, (that’s only 3 days away!!) to enjoy an evening with the goats while dining on gourmet creations and basking in the peacefulness of the country to the songs of the crickets.   Chef David Cook will prepare a five course meal featuring farm raised and locally fresh foods. (see the menu below)

GCL Farm to Table 8.20.16 menu

Chef Cook has a diverse history including classical French and molecular gastronomy, presiding as chef on a private yacht, working at five star restaurants on the East Coast, and opening the Wobbly Olive in Colorado Springs.

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The farm opens at 5 pm, the farm tour will begin shortly thereafter.  Seating begins  at 5:30. Reservations and prepayment required.  $100 per person.  Call Lindsey for reservations, 719-651-9819

We hope to see you there!

Lindsey…The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  All proceeds go toward sustaining The Goat Cheese Lady Farm and building The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery.

 

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August 20, Farm-To-Table Dinner

Join us at The Goat Cheese Lady Farm on Saturday, August 20, 2016, to enjoy an evening with the goats while dining on gourmet creations and basking in the peacefulness of the country to the songs of the crickets.

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Chef David Cook will prepare a five course meal featuring farm raised and locally fresh foods.  Chef Cook has a diverse history including classical French and molecular gastronomy, presiding as chef on a private yacht, working at five star restaurants on the East Coast, and opening the Wobbly Olive in Colorado Springs.

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The farm opens at 5 pm, the farm tour will begin shortly thereafter.  Seating begins  at 5:30. Reservations and prepayment required.  $100 per person.  Call Lindsey for reservations, 719-651-9819.

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More Farm-To-Table Dinners!

GCL Farm to Table dates flier 7.18.16

 

 

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Menu! Eat In The Pasture!

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Nomadic Chef Kevin Campbell, just back from a trip to France where he spent time with his charcuterie master, will be preparing a 5 course meal with locally sourced and farm fresh foods.

Julesbee Lifestyle Photography will be snapping pictures of the event.

Tour the farm, learn the plans for The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery, pet the farm dogs, cuddle the kittens, see the milking goats, get nuzzled by the baby goats, chuckle at the chickens, and enjoy our newest addition…two piglets!

Saturday, June 18, 5-8 pm, The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, Penrose, Colorado.  $100 per person, reservations and prepayment required. 719-651-9819.

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Farm-To-Table Dinner, Saturday, June 18

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Remember Chester?

Remember Chester?  Our Thanksgiving Turkey?  Well, he had a stay of execution.  Mostly because he wasn’t from the grocery store and a certain upper echelon patriarchal family member requested a turkey injected with butter and wrapped in cellophane be prepared for the traditional meal, and partly because we never found the time to fix him.

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Chester, with his outdoorsy nature, lack of plastic wrap and buttered coating, was not eaten.  He became a third watchdog on our farm, roosting atop an eight inch diameter wooden post taller than the topper on the truck.  Any time the dogs barked, day or night, Chester gobbled.  He, despite his annoyingly testosterone-filled nature, puffing and poofing and African drumming his way throughout the day, dangling his blood colored chin rubies and chameleon-like nose booger…not to mention the wirey Brillo pad look alike that poked out of his chest feathers a few months ago prompting me to thrice attempt to tackle him (unsuccessfully) just so I could feel it, was a fierce protector.  Get near his flock of one female turkey and several chickens and he would do his best to scare you away.  I had recently made the announcement to all hearing ears in my family, that I thought Chester should stay.  I don’t like turkey much anyway.  We might as well keep him for a mascot.

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That leads me up to today.  Well, actually yesterday, when kidding season began.  Bell, one of our 8 pregnant does, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl.  We are bottle feeding them, so it’s as if we have newborn humans again.  Feed every four hours.  That includes 3 am when its cold, dark and…cold…outside and you’d rather be sleeping.  But, no, as dutiful goat farmers, we dragged ourselves outside, Herbert to feed the babies and I into the chilly, starry night to milk Bell.  In the dark (and did I mention, cold?).

True to form, the two watchdogs ran to the fence (they live in the pen with the goats, protecting the herd) and Chester, perched on his pole, puffed and gobbled.  I milked and shivered back to bed as instantly as possible.

Fast forward through what little night was left to this morning.  Herbert went out to feed the animals.  He couldn’t find Chester.  Suspicious, I began sleuthing for clues.  Quickly, I noticed the Chester colored pile of feathers next to the garden.  Scanning the pasture, a a Chester sized lump came into view.  With a coyote basking in the distance.

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Now, I have a question:  What would you do if a coyote killed one of your farm members?

Seriously.  Please answer.

As you know, I grew up a city girl.  I have only recently crossed party lines and become officially a farmer.  So, when I saw that coyote this morning, a mixed rush of thoughts flooded my mind:

  1.  KILL THAT S.O.B.
  2. Wow!  What a beautiful coat it has!
  3. This is why farmers and ranchers are blamed for reducing the wolf population to near extinction in some places.
  4. We can’t kill it, we’ll be just another one of those farmers contributing to the reduction of native species.
  5. KILL THAT S.O.B.
  6. What would my friends at the zoo think?
  7. How would my live-in-harmony-with-the-planet friends react?
  8. This is my new reality.
  9. Damn.
  10. Thank goodness Herbert made a safe, locked, fully enclosed nursery for the one day old twins.
  11. Now, what are we going to do?

I found myself slipping quickly across the spectrum of priorities, judging people who might say, “Oh, no!  Don’t kill it!  It is just doing what its natural instinct tells it to do!  You’re the one in its territory!”, to siding with my gut feeling that this Coyote just messed with the wrong farmer.  “You take one of my family, you’re done.  You, Coyote, just trespassed into MY territory and my natural instinct tells me to make sure YOU never happen again.”

Here are some responses from Facebook regarding the question: “What would you do if a coyote killed one of your farm members?”:

 “Take him down- our farm animals are family”
“Shoot it. We think we have a den near us we see them going back to the same area in the mornings. Our Pyrenees keeps them away but we are prepared to get them if they cross the fence.”
“Shoot it”
I would fortify the poultry yard and evaluate the flock to make sure you have an adequate population size to sustain losses to local wildlife and still ensure a good breeding program and meat/egg supply”
“Not an endangered species – shoot it.”
“Shoot it”
It’s part of nature. Do you think it should starve itself? Have you tried talking things through with it?”
“I might drop an Acme Anvil on it.”
What do you answer?  Please, continue the discussion.
–  The Goat Cheese Lady
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Spring, 2016 Class Schedule!

Milk a goat, play with baby goats, make cheese and eat brunch, a whole farm experience!

We are located 45 minutes south of Colorado Springs in Penrose, Colorado.  It’s a beautiful drive!

To Schedule a Class, Call 719-651-9819

Gift Certificates available for all classes…if you see a class you want to take but not a date that works for you, we can schedule a special class for groups of 4!

 

The Goat Cheese Making Class! (Basic) 

(Milking, Soft Goat Cheese and Mozzarella making…followed by a farm fresh brunch!) 8:15am to 1:00pm.      Read more…

You will milk the goats and learn to make soft Goat Cheese and Mozzarella with fresh goat’s milk.  You also will be served a farm fresh brunch!  Cost:  $85.  Read more…

*Gift Certificates are Available for All Classes!**

April, 2016 (there will be baby goats!)

Sunday, April 3  (2 Spots Left)

Sunday, April 10 (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, April 17 (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, April 24 (SOLD OUT)

May, 2016 (there will be baby goats!)

Sunday, May 1 (1 Spot Left)

Sunday, May 15 (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, May 22 (SOLD OUT)

CLICK HERE to see 2016, Summer Classes!

(Special Classes/Dates Available On Request!    Weekdays are also available, Just ask!  If You Don’t See A Date That Works For You, Just Ask!)

At this time, we are only scheduling The Goat Cheese Making Class because we are in the busy process of building The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery!  Keep your eyes on your email for when we schedule more classes!  If you’re looking for a soap making class, I highly recommend Diana’s soap making class atBuckley’s Homestead Supply, 1501 W. Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO, 80904.

We look forward to seeing you at The Goat Cheese Making Class this spring! Give us a call at 719-651-9819 to sign up!

Have a great day!

Lindsey and Herbert Aparicio
The Goat Cheese Lady and Mr. Goat Cheese

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