It’s National Plan Your Vacation Day!

And we sure hope you’ll plan to spend some of your vacation with us!

Join us for a one of a kind experience…The Goat Cheese Making Class at our 5 acre farm in Penrose, Colorado (45 minutes south of Colorado Springs).  Since 2010, we’ve taught over 1200 people to milk goats and make cheese!

Click Here For The Schedule of All Classes or read on to learn more…

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Wonder what it’s about?  Well, grab a cup of coffee and settle in.  I’ll tell you:

Your class includes more than just making goat cheese…When you arrive at our farm, you’ll relax in your car until I come out and wave at you, that’s your cue to come in!  We’ll take a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea around the table and get to know each other, then together we’ll make honey whole wheat bread from scratch.

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While it’s rising, we’ll head outside and take a farm tour to meet all of the animals, collect eggs from the chickens, and we’ll teach you to milk the goats!  (Even though you came here to learn to make goat cheese, milking the goats seems to be everyone’s favorite part!)  Milking is an art, don’t worry, we won’t be too hard on you for squirting a few drips outside the pot, and if you squirt me, that’s extra credit.

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Babies on the farm April-June.

After spending about an hour outside, we’ll take the milk inside and strain it while discussing the benefits of raw goat milk and the rationale behind pasteurization. You’ll even have the opportunity to taste it!  Remember our rising bread dough? Now, we need to take a quick break to form it into loaves to let it rise one more time before baking.

And, finally, we’ll start to make cheese.  First, we’ll make a simple, soft herbed goat cheese.  It’s the best place to start when you’re new to cheesemaking.  After your astounding success with your goat cheese, we’ll move onto something more difficult…goat milk mozarella. About mid-way through making the mozarella, we’ll start baking the bread and ooooohhh, does it start to smell good!

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After a full morning, and with our stomachs yearning for a bite fresh bread, we’ll scramble the farm fresh eggs we collected in the morning, slice the just baked and still warm bread, open up a jar of our favorite preserves, toss together a salad of organic greens with our farmstead feta and homemade dressing and to top it all off, we’ll indulge in our famous White Milkshakes for dessert – formally reserved just for kids, but added to the menu after enough adults begged!

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As you’re wrapping up your meal, I’ll package up the remaining morsels of cheeses you made (that didn’t get eaten) so you can take them home.  And finally, just before leaving, you’ll choose the (all made on our farm) 4 oz bottle of Goat Milk Lotion, bar of Goat Milk Soap and tube of Goat Milk Lip Balm that you want to take home with you!

All the recipes for everything we make are included with the class…even the White Milkshake recipe!  You just have to get the goat!

The Goat Cheese Making Class is held at our farm in Penrose, Colorado (45 minutes south of Colorado Springs), starts at 8:15, ends at 1:15ish, costs $100 per person and is limited to 4 people per class. (If a family, friend or work group is larger than 4 people, we may be able to increase the size of the group, just ask!)  To Schedule A Class, Call 719-651-9819.  Click Here For The Schedule of All Classes

We sure hope to see you in 2017!

– The Plan Your Vacation Today Goat Cheese Lady

 

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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2 Responses to It’s National Plan Your Vacation Day!

  1. Marsha Lee says:

    If this doesn’t cause a stampede to the farm, I don’t know what will. I’m going to think of 3 friends to share this experience with! It looks so inviting!

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