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Recipe: Redwood Hill Farm Kefir & Yuzu Jam Donuts

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Donuts for Chinese New Year made with Redwood Hill Farm plain goat yogurt

Donuts… deliciously crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

This donut recipe uses a lucky Chinese ingredient eaten on New Year’s Day: orange. The recipe calls for yuzu jam, made with Asian citrus, but you can use any citrus jam that is readily available such as orange marmalade. Oranges and tangerines bring luck, wealth and success to all those that eat them during the New Year.

Redwood Hill Farm plain kefir is the secret ingredient here. The batter should be slightly thick and donuts fried over a low-medium heat to make sure they are completely cooked and fluffy on the inside. You can either mix the yuzu jam in the batter or drizzle over the donuts while still warm. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar (optional) for extra sweetness.

Happy Year of The Goat, we hope it is filled with luck and delicious new recipes for you!

Recipe: “Lucky 8” Salad With Goat Yogurt Peanut Sauce

Written by Nancy Lorenz on . Posted in Recipes

Redwood Hill Farm "Lucky 8" Salad with Goat Milk Yogurt Peanut Sauce

The number “8” is very lucky for the Chinese, so it’s not unusual to find a delicious dish with eight special ingredients on the table during Chinese New Year. Traditionally, eight ingredients like bamboo shoots, bean shoots and other “lucky” ingredients are stir-fried together to make something truly delicious.

You can choose any ingredients you love, but we like the crunch of the cucumbers, the slightly spicy radish wedges and the sweetness of the tomatoes when paired with the peanut and goat yogurt sauce. The egg ribbons add an Asian flavor to this salad, and the addition of fresh herbs give an added freshness with every bite. The carrots are also important since they are thought to bring luck.

Jennifer Bice named 2014 Leadership in Agriculture Award Winner

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News, In the News

Jennifer will be honored at the 42nd Annual Ag-BBQ

We’re so happy to share that the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce recently announced Redwood Hill Farm owner and CEO Jennifer Bice will receive the Leadership in Agriculture award at this year’s Agri-Business BBQ on July 29th! The 42nd Annual Agri-Business BBQ honoring the diverse and pivotal role of the agriculture community in shaping the quality of life here in Sonoma County, will take place at Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College’s 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory. Select HERE for more details on the awards event in July.

Jennifer began showing and learning about dairy goats as a young Sonoma County 4H member

Jennifer began showing and learning about dairy goats as Sonoma County 4-H member

In 1978, Jennifer Lynn Bice assumed ownership of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc., the family farm and Grade A goat dairy the Bice family started in Sonoma County in 1968, and never looked back. Along with her late husband, Steven Schack, Jennifer expanded the business to produce a greater variety of goat milk products, and diversified the dairy goat-breeding program.

Today Redwood Hill Farm is owned and operated by Jennifer, along with five of her siblings that worked to establish Redwood Hill Farm in the 1960’s.  In addition, more than 50 dedicated employees now run the day-to-day operations at the Certified Humane® farm and state-of-the-art organic creamery in Sebastopol. Promoting the benefits of goat milk products and developing a genetics program of excellence for the Redwood Hill Farm herd remain her top priorities, and this commitment has positioned Redwood Hill Farm at the forefront of the dairy goat industry.

Jennifer Bice’s Cheese Making Legacy a Gift to a New Generation of Cheese Makers

Written by Sarah Silverman on . Posted in Company News

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Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery to Partner with Bleating Heart Cheese to Continue Production of French-Style and Fresh Cheeses

February 2, 2017 (Sebastopol, CA)

Jennifer Bice, pioneering goat milk farmer and master cheese maker, as well as Founder & Managing Director of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, announced today a plan to ensure that her legacy of cheese making continues with the next generation. Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s French-style cheeses, made since 1994 at Jennifer’s farm and since 2004 at its Sebastopol creamery, will ensure continued production in the hands of local artisan cheese maker, Seana Doughty of Bleating Heart Cheese in Tomales, CA.  Jennifer Bice will also establish an annual scholarship for aspiring young cheese makers.

Over the course of her career as a cheese maker, Jennifer Bice has created a number of award-winning, French-style and fresh goat milk cheeses including Bucheret, Terra, California Crottin and Chèvre.  As part of her succession plan for retirement, she will pass on recipes and cheese making equipment to fellow cheese maker Doughty, ensuring that cheese lovers will continue to enjoy Redwood Hill Farm’s signature flavors for years to come.

All of the goat milk for these cheeses will continue to come from Jennifer’s 300 dairy goats at her own farm in Sebastopol. Production of French-style, rind-ripened goat milk cheeses will cease at the Sebastopol creamery and is expected to begin again after Bleating Heart Cheese has adapted its production capacity and schedule in 2018. Bleating Heart Cheese will continue making all of its current cheeses, while adding these new recipes over time. Bice’s line of traditional goat milk cheeses, including Aged Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar and Goat Milk Feta will remain for sale under the Redwood Hill Farm label.

“In my heart, I have and will always be a farmer and a cheese maker,” says Jennifer Bice, “Looking to the future, I want to make sure my cheeses live on and that the next generation of cheese makers, especially women, get the support they need in the marketplace. My life focus will return to my goats, which is where I started at the age of sixteen.”

In addition, Jennifer Bice has put in place an annual $10,000 scholarship to a deserving individual involved in the field of artisan dairy or cheese making to provide support in ongoing education, and investments in creamery and farm infrastructure. The grant will be administered by the California Artisan Cheese Guild and will be awarded for the first time in the summer of 2017. Details on how to apply are forthcoming.

Retiring from hands-on cheese making of Redwood Hill Farm’s French-style, rind-ripened cheeses and Chèvre is the second step in Jennifer Bice’s journey of succession planning after selling her business to farmer-owned dairy maker Emmi of Switzerland a little over a year ago.

 

About Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

Located in Sonoma County among the picturesque redwood trees of the Northern California Coast, 60 miles north of San Francisco, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is a different kind of dairy. It began in 1968 as a small, family farm run by the Bice family, producing delicious, award-winning goat milk dairy products and is operated by Founder Jennifer Bice to this day. Excellence is a top priority and Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery takes pride in producing the best tasting, least processed goat milk yogurt, kefir and artisan cheeses. The company focuses on supporting Sonoma county workers and community organizations, small-scale dairy farmers, and the dietary needs of consumers.

Also made by Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is its sister brand, Green Valley Organics. Green Valley Organics’ lactose-free, real dairy yogurts, kefirs, sour cream and cream cheese were created so people with lactose intolerance could bring real dairy back into their lives, enjoying its health benefits and great taste free of digestive troubles.

Both Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics dairy products are made at the company’s certified organic, solar-powered creamery in Sebastopol, California, with milk that carries the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label. Redwood Hill Farm was the first goat dairy in the United States to become Certified Humane in 2005.

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What Makes a Winning Dairy Goat?

Written by Sarah Silverman on . Posted in Life on the Farm

We’ve come to the end of another successful goat show season at Redwood Hill Farm, with championship wins at the California State Fair, the Sonoma County Fair, and others under our belt. Have you ever wondered what it takes to raise an award-winning dairy goat? Here, we’ll take you on a visual tour of our herd, and explore some of the qualities that make our goats champions.

Since the beginning, the goal of Redwood Hill Farm’s dairy goat breeding program has been to achieve “the winning combination of milkability and showability,” a term coined by the late Steven Schack, who started Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery with Jennifer Bice in 1978. Jennifer’s passion for dairy goats began at a young age, when she and her nine younger siblings raised dairy goats as 4-H projects on their parents’ small farm in Sebastopol, CA. For Jennifer and the other Bice children, attachment to these smart and personable animals came naturally.

Jennifer Bice with Dakota dairy goat

Founder of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Jennifer Bice, with her Grand Champion Nubian dairy goat, “Dakota”

While expanding Redwood Hill Farm’s line of goat milk products and growing their business, Jennifer and Steven’s herd continued to evolve and improve. Together, they won their first Premier Breeder of Show award at the ADGA (American Dairy Goat Association) National Show in 1982; then again in 1984 and 1986. Sadly, Steven passed away in 1999. Jennifer kept his herd name—“Companeros”—to honor his memory and love for the Saanen breed. His Companeros herd of Saanens continues to impact the dairy goat world to this day, and Redwood Hill Farm has been awarded National Champion multiple times in the Saanen, Alpine and Nubian breeds.

So, what makes a winning dairy goat? When judging, the ADGA licensed judge is required to evaluate the dairy goat based on four major categories: General Appearance, Dairy Strength, Body Capacity, and Mammary System. This is not a beauty contest; the scorecard, which consists of 100 points total, is based on traits that will ensure a long and productive life.

1. General Appearance is the structure of the dairy goat: including head, back, shoulders, feet and legs. Overall, the judge looks for an attractive framework. A Lamancha doe,“Kastdemur’s Evian” in the photo below, is a good example of a doe with fine general appearance.

Dairy Goat showcasing General Appearance

2. Dairy Strength covers attributes that indicate good milk production, such as angularity and openness of the rib and flatness of bone. “Amicale” in the photo below excels in dairy strength, and has been awarded National Champion Alpine.

Dairy Goat showcasing Dairy Strength

3. Body Capacity correlates the width and depth of the body, ensuring ample capacity, strength and vigor. “Vineyard View Foxy Traveler” below is a Saanen with great body capacity.

Dairy Goat showcasing Body Capacity

4. The Mammary System category evaluates areas of the udder that will be important for a long, productive life. Although capacity in the mammary is significant, teat size, teat placement, udder shape and attachment are also very important. “Redwood Hills Rainbow,” our Alpine shown below, has an excellent overall mammary system.

Dairy Goat showcasing Mammary System

We’re continually improving our herd at Redwood Hill Farm. Jennifer is still actively involved in the breeding program and handling goats at shows. Her lifetime with goats began in 4-H, and she’s been a licensed ADGA judge for 42 years. She still likes to call our farm “a 4-H project that went out of control.” Her brother Scott Bice, Farm Manager at Redwood Hill Farm, is also a licensed dairy goat judge and keeps his own herd of “Vineyard View” dairy goats within our herd at Redwood Hill Farm. Scott and the farm crew are busy all year long at our Certified Humane Raised & Handled® farm, keeping the herd healthy and in tip-top shape for goat show season.

Of course, good breeding is just the beginning. When goats are happy, healthy and well-bred, you can really taste the difference; the best dairy always comes from the freshest, cleanest milk. Redwood Hill Farm’s yogurt, kefir and cheese are minimally processed, with a mild and uniquely delicious flavor. Our products have received top prizes from the American Cheese Society, the American Dairy Goat Association, and the California State Fair, to name a few. From award-winning dairy goats come award-winning products. A winning combination.

Milking The Sun

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News, Life on the Farm

A goats-eye-view of the Redwood Hill Farm tracking solar array
By David Bice

At Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, we have long been known for making healthful and delicious goat milk yogurt, kefir and artisan cheeses – but did you know we are also a mini solar power plant? We make all of our dairy in our solar-powered creamery, where the sum of all electricity needs is covered by renewable energy.

Quality and sustainability are guiding principles for Jennifer Bice, Founder and Managing Director of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery.

Fava Bean Salad With A Kefir Poppy Seed Dressing

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Summer is for salads!

Try this fresh, crisp salad topped with a creamy, cultured goat milk cheese and kefir dressing. Sprinkle poppy seeds just before serving for a colorful finish. If you cannot find favas, try edamame or simply double up on peas. Use Mâche or baby spinach if you cannot find pea shoots at your farmer’s market or grocery store produce aisle. The fava beans and peas as well as dressing can all be prepared up to a day ahead, making this a nice recipe for summer entertaining.

Recipe by Lou Lambert and Larry McGuire and first appeared on bonappetit.com

Nutritional Content:
Calories (kcal) 219, Fat (g) 4, Sodium (mg) 42, Carbohydrates (g) 32, Dietary Fiber (g) 13, Total Sugars (g) 7, Protein (g) 15, Saturated Fat (g) 2, Cholesterol (mg) 13

Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Roasted Cauliflower with a creamy, cheese sauce

We’ve discovered an inventive recipe pairing the brassica superfood cauliflower with a savory goat cheese sauce. If you visit New Orleans, you’ll find this signature dish by chef Alon Shaya on the menu at Domenica restaurant, www.domenicarestaurant.com. We have tested it here using Redwood Hill Farm cheeses and our Green Valley Organics Lactose-Free Cream Cheese and the results are lovely!  Chef Shaya precooks the cauliflower in seasoned liquid infusing it with flavor, and roasts the whole head at the finish crisping the cauliflower and creating a colorful, textural contrast to the silky whipped goat cheese.

Nutritional Content Per Serving:
Calories(kcal) 480, Fat (g) 37, Saturated Fat (g) 15, Cholesterol (mg) 60, Carbohydrates (g) 11, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Total Sugars (g) 4, Protein (g) 10, Sodium (mg) 1320

Savory Muffins with Feta and Fresh Basil

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Surprise your family with a different breakfast idea: the savory muffin. It will fill your kitchen with the warm and earthy fragrances of basil, feta cheese and freshly baked bread, welcoming late risers as they pile out of bed. We suggest serving these muffins with honey butter, which creates a beautiful combination of sweet and savory and enhances the contrast of the tender crumb with the crunchy, seeded muffin top. This recipe was inspired by the Hummingbird Bakery Cook Book, which was published by the legendary Hummingbird Cupcake Shops in London, where it first appeared.

Roasted Vegetable and Feta Galettes

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Baked egg in puff pastry on a bed of fragrant, roasted vegetables and a creamy base of savory feta, heavenly! And quite easy to make. Serve this savory pastry as an appetizer, or alternatively, with a lightly dressed green salad as a perfect spring brunch entree. We suggest pairing it with Champagne or other dry sparkling wine. Your guests will be delighted.

We’ve adapted this recipe from the cookbook “Jerusalem” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi to include our feta.

From Redwood Hill to Hawaii

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm

Young Emma Bello Brings Dairy Goats and Cheese Making to the Islands

Shared by David Bice

When we sample our goat milk cheeses at events or stores, people often say, “I wish I had goats!” or “My dream is to have goats one day and make cheese”. For most, it remains a dream. For Hawaii’s Emma Bello, it’s a dream come true.

Homemade Kefir Ranch Dressing

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

Cheers to a fresh and healthy
New Year!

Here is a way to pump up your intake of health-boosting vegetables and probiotics: Pair your leafy greens with homemade Ranch dressing. Originally calling for buttermilk, we’ve substituted our Plain
Goat Milk Kefir
in this Ranch dressing recipe and love the result. Use over fresh lettuce greens, as a dip for raw vegetables, or as a dressing for potato salad and coleslaw.

This recipe was adapted from one at Huffingtonpost.com

A Brief History of the Saanen Dairy Goat from Switzerland

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm

Not all goat milk is the same – there are variations in volume, components, water content and butterfat depending on the time of year and on the type of goat breed. Of all breeds, Alpine and Saanen dairy goats are the top producers by volume. Milk from the Nubian dairy goat breed on the other hand, tends to be a bit higher in butterfat. To make our yogurt, kefir and cheeses consistent and delicious in flavor, we combine goat milk from Redwood Hill Farm and seven other family farms, sourcing milk from La Mancha, Nubian, Alpine, Oberhasli, and Saanen goats.