Fear

Of my tens of fans, one in particular nearly snagged holes in her pantyhose when she dropped to her knees to beg me to begin writing again.  This happened at my niece’s recent birthday party, (which helps rule out which fan of you it was), and caused me to begin thinking about what I might write about that would briefly take my mind off the fact that I have approximately 1,432 bottles of lotion and bars of soap left to make for my $100 Box Fundraiser.  (I’ve already made around 1,197ish, but who’s counting?)

So, I decided to let you in on my latest adventure.  I like to think that in the face of danger, I thrive: I think clearly, act appropriately and am a leader.  But, as I mentioned, that is what I like to think.  It has nothing to do with what is actually the truth.

It began last Friday as I jogged up a dirt road near my house.  The dirt is red and the small lump in the distance smack in the middle of the road was a dark brown pile of mud.  About the size of a dollop of horse manure.  By now, I had been jogging about a mile and my mind was getting the one mile jogging fog.  Nothing caused me to question the fact that it hadn’t been raining in a week, there was no mud within a 30 mile radius and even if there were, it would be red.  It wasn’t until my left foot landed within three inches of it that I realized it…was…a…tarantula.

img_5074

As previously mentioned, in the face of danger, I think clearly, act appropriately and am a leader.  Or not.  My mind went blank, I screamed out loud and and sprinted away from the hairy mud pile with legs.

Fueled by pure adrenaline, I pushed uphill toward the end of my loop and headed back, fully prepared to take on the tarantula, if it happened to still be there.  I could see a brown object in the middle of the road in the vicinity of where the incident had occurred and as I approached, I stated firmly and loudly, from a 100 foot distance and gaining, “I know EXACTLY what you are.  YOU will not scare me now.  NO chance.  NO way.  WAMMO BAMMO (punching the air, channeling my inner boxer, Rocky theme music pulsing in my head).”

What happened next was definitely somewhat forgivable.  Now two miles into my run, eyes moderately glazed over with eyeball perspiration, my vision was not at its peak.  I jogged down the (red) road steadily approaching the dark object, planning to clear it by at least a few feet in case it sprinted at my ankles, continuing my defiant diatribe at it, when it came into focus and I realized I had been berating… a piece of dog poop.  The tarantula, when I finally passed it again (further down the road) and realized it was dead, was spared my lectures.  I already used them up on the poop.

Having packed exercise, fear, adrenaline and wildlife encounters into my 40 minute run, I was now fully prepared to take on making moreGoat Milk Lotion, Soap and Lip Balm.  Tarantula or not, I need to sell more $100 Boxes.

Thanks for reading,

The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  If you’re new to The Goat Cheese Lady, we are building The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery on our farm in Penrose, Colorado, so I can produce and sell cheese.  The bid for the building’s foundation came much higher than we had planned, so instead of going into debt, we are raising the $13,000 it requires by selling $100 Boxes of our Goat Milk Lotions, Soaps and Lip Balms.  They are great for holiday gifts, hostess gifts, stocking your own house, or sharing with volunteers, friends or employees.  You can click here–>100boxorderform… to see a customizable order form or click here to order a $100 Box that includes a variety of all of our products!

dsc_0099-1024x699-2

 

 

 

Posted in $100 Box, Farm Life, funny stories, gifts, Soap and Lotion | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Help Us Help You Eat Cheese Sooner!

For years, people have told me I ought to sell more of my goat milk lotion, soaps and lip balms.  I ought to put them in stores, market them more on the internet, have more for sale at the farm.  I know I should…but CHEESE is my passion.  I love to MAKE CHEESE.  I love to TEACH CHEESE.  I want to SELL CHEESE.

I want to SELL CHEESE that reminds a person of what her Italian grandmother made.  I want to SELL CHEESE that makes local restaurant chefs proud to have on their menus.  I want to SELL CHEESE that brings our local terroir to the kitchens and dinner tables of cheese connoisseurs who appreciate and value the goat milk, green pasture, good hay, time, art and passion that go into making artisan cheese.

To realize my dream of making and selling cheese, my husband, our boys and I are building, after years of planning and designing, a small creamery in Penrose, Colorado, from which we can SELL CHEESE!

img_5381

But we ran into a financial road block.  After installing the septic tank for the creamery, we began getting bids for the foundation.  $13,000.  It was much more than we expected and pushes us way over our budget.  We put on the brakes.  I got mad.  I cried.  The creamery we thought would be up and running last May is only an empty septic tank in the ground.  We can’t put in the foundation – thus using up much of our budget – and risk not having enough money to cover it with walls and a roof.  When my husband said we might have to wait one or two years, I yelled.

NO!!

I don’t want to wait one or two years more to have our creamery.  By the time our goats have their babies next Spring, I want to be using their milk to make and sell cheese.

I began to think, HOW CAN I MAKE $13,000…FAST?  How can we cash flow the foundation so it puts us back into budget?

I could go back to work at a “regular job.”  My answer, not surprising to those who know me, was no.

I could sell lots of soaps, lotions and lip balms.  $5 for a bar of soap or a 4 oz bottle of lotion means selling 2,600 individual bars and bottles.  My brain couldn’t handle that number and it seemed out of reach.

OR WAIT!  ….I could sell $100 Boxes filled with soaps, lotions and lip balms!  That would mean only selling 130 boxes!  I could wrap my mind around that idea!

So, the idea for the $100 Box was born.  I will sell $100 Boxes of Goat Milk Soap, Lotion and Lip Balm and I only need to sell 130 to pour the floor of The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery, but I need your help!

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP:  Order a $100 Box (or two or three).  Fill your showers, bathtubs, kitchen sinks and bathrooms with soap and lotion that has a purpose.  Use your $100 Box to stock up on birthday gifts, hostess gifts, employee gifts, client and co-worker appreciation gifts or “just because” gifts.  We make all of the Goat Milk Soap, Lotion and Lip Balm right here on our farm in small batches.  You can help us raise the money to pour the foundation to take us one step closer to having The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery by next Spring!

dsc_0099-1024x699-2

HERE IS WHAT YOU GET: 100 Dollars worth of our goat milk soaps, lotions and lip balms.

HERE IS HOW YOU DO IT:

1. Click this easy button to order your $100 Box filled with a variety of our lotions, soaps and lip balms.

OR…

2.  Click this link… 100boxorderform …to see the custom order form you can print and fill out to customize your $100 Box.  Fill it out and send it back to me (email or snail mail) with your payment.  The soaps are $5 each, the lotions are $5 each for 4 oz bottles and $10 each for 8 oz bottles and the lip balms are $2.50 each.  You choose from the scents and sizes until your total adds up to $100.  You pay when you order (either by check mailed to The Goat Cheese Lady, PO Box 553, Penrose, CO, 81240 or by credit card or cash) and pick up your $100 Box at The Goat Cheese Lady Farm in Penrose, Colorado, or have it shipped to you for an extra $14.  (Boxes will be ready in approximately 3 weeks from your order.)

In advance, THANK YOU!!!  So far, I have sold 72 $100 Boxes.  I need to sell 58 more.  I appreciate your help and I know you will love what you receive!!

In appreciation and anticipation of selling cheese,

The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  If all of the above was just too much info, click here to order your $100 Box, or email me at Lindsey@thegoatcheeselady.com to request an order form to customize your box.

 

 

Posted in Farm Life | 2 Comments

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.

IMG_3111

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.

 

Posted in Farm Life | 2 Comments

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.

IMG_2704

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.

IMG_3037

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.

Posted in Farm Life | 2 Comments

More Farm-To-Table Dinners!

GCL Farm to Table dates flier 7.18.16

 

 

Posted in Farm Life | Leave a comment

Menu! Eat In The Pasture!

image

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.

Posted in Farm Life | Tagged | Leave a comment

Farm-To-Table Dinner, Saturday, June 18

GCL Farm to Table chef flier

Image | Posted on by | Leave a comment