By Scott “Goat Guy” Bice
Spring and Summer are very busy seasons here at Redwood Hill Farm. In that time, we go from kidding season to goat show season at our Certified Humane® farm, with just about every weekend filled with some kind of event. This year it seemed busier than ever with a multitude of events. Sadly, neither the goats or I had time for writing The Bleat Beat. Fear not loyal readers, The Bleat Beat is back!
We are going to review some of the moments that made the first half of 2012 a memorable one, starting out with the 4th annual Goat Fest held at the Ferry Plaza in San Francisco.
It was a beautiful Spring morning in the city. The ferry plaza market made a great venue for all things goat! There were chef demonstrations using our chèvre, as well as tastings of the delicious goat milk products by our friends and neighbors who also craft delicious food and beauty products from fresh goat milk.
Every year the big attraction are the baby goats that come spend a day in the city. A line of people waiting to see them ran down the pier twenty deep for most of the day. We brought seven kids along with us, so while a few played with the city folk, the others napped comfortably in a straw lined kennel. Goats are very social animals who love interaction with people. The highlight for me at the goat fest is to see a child’s face light up when playing and interacting with our four legged friends.
Jennifer gave a talk on the benefits of goat milk and educated the public on our caprine friends. There was a Q&A session as the public tasted the chef’s delicious goat milk product creations. It’s amazing to think of all the wonderful products we can produce from goat milk!
There was a lot of media covering the 4th annual Goat Fest. We were featured on the television shows “California Bountiful” and “Fresh From the Farmers Market”. Henry Tannenbaum from KRON4 News did a live broadcast featuring the baby goats and our products. It was a great day in the city. Click here for a fun video of the baby goats and their day in the big city
Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head back to the farm where we were getting ready for our big annual Spring Farm Tours. Check back here for the 2014 dates and join us in San Francisco for next years festival of everything goat!