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Winter Goat Milk Shortage in Effect

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News

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Goats Are on Maternity Leave – Busy Having Kids!

Each year, during a brief period in the winter, we experience a shortage of milk for our yogurt, kefir and artisan cheeses. This is due to the fact that goats are seasonal in their milk production. Unlike cows that can reproduce year-round, goats have their baby “kids” only once a year during winter and early spring.

At Redwood Hill Farm and the other Certified Humane® family farms we source our milk from, we stop milking the goats during the last two months of their pregnancy. This resting or “dry period” gives the mother goat’s mammary system time to regenerate and allows her body to replenish with nutrients needed to make milk.

The timing and extent of the shortage can vary greatly each year. We do our very best to evenly allocate what we have available to our distributors. However, the amount of yogurt and kefir that reaches your store may change from week to week. Mother Nature and Mother Goat are only so predictable!

What can you do to find our goat milk yogurt and kefir during this time?

  • Introduce yourself to the dairy buyer at your favorite store, and ask him/her which day of the week the order for Redwood Hill Farm goat milk products comes in. If it is possible, plan to shop on that day.
  • If you are a regular customer who depends on our goat milk products each week, your dairy buyer may be willing to set aside some of the order for you.
  • Check with the other natural and specialty food stores in your area to find other sources of Redwood Hill Farm goat milk products.
  • Finally, please do check back with us at contact@redwoodhill.com as we may have updates on milk supply and fulfillment of orders.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we care for our milking does and their precious kids during this special time of the year.

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

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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.

Homemade Kefir Ranch Dressing

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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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

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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.

Important News from Jennifer Bice

Written by Helen Lentze on . Posted in Life on the Farm

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Sebastopol, CA, December 1, 2015

My dear friends,

I have important news to share with you. Yesterday, on November 30th, I agreed to sell my business, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, to Emmi, a dairy and cheese company from Switzerland. Please allow me to tell you about my journey towards this decision. I want you to know why I chose Emmi – a company which is, to this day, majority owned by a cooperative of small-scale dairy farmers. I will describe how this change will benefit our community, and how it will allow me to deepen my relationship with my animals and the land that sustains us all.

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Acquired by Farmer-Owned Swiss Dairy Maker Emmi

Written by Helen Lentze on . Posted in Company News

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Founder Jennifer Bice finds like-minded partner to carry on her focus on people, quality and sustainability

Sebastopol, California, December 1, 2015 – Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s Founder, Jennifer Bice, announced today that she has chosen Switzerland-based Emmi to acquire her company, which will become an independently operated subsidiary of Emmi Holding (USA), Inc. The makers of the nation’s leading goat milk dairy brand, Redwood Hill Farm, and the nation’s leading organic lactose-free cow dairy brand, Green Valley Organics, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery will continue business as usual at their creamery’s location in Sebastopol, CA.

Bice has committed to stay on as head of the company, overseeing day-to-day operations for several years until she retires, retaining ownership of her farm and 300 goats. The company’s entire leadership team will remain in place, with all employees retained and all jobs secure for the community in west Sonoma County, CA. Emmi and Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery have agreed to keep the terms of the acquisition confidential.

“My succession decision is the result of years of careful planning and research,” says Jennifer Bice, Founder of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. “More than anything,” she continues, “I wanted to ensure that, after I retire, Redwood Hill will continue to thrive as a Sonoma County business, a community resource, and that we can continue our efforts to make pure, wholesome and organic food more accessible and affordable throughout the United States.”

Honoring Zimba

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

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Our Zimba passed away at the old goat age of 12 years with friends, herdmates, and sister Zoe by her side

Born in the Spring of 2002 in a kidding that produced twin does, Zimba (SG Redwood Hills Ransom Zimba) is the daughter of the sweet doe Grand Champion Redwood Hills Samurai Zariba and her sire, the wild and reckless buck Willow Run Atlas Ransom.

The Olive Harvest at Redwood Hill Farm

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

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In Italy there are many festivals in November to celebrate the olive harvest, when family and friends gather to harvest the plump green and purple fruit by hand.

It was a cold but sunny morning three years ago, when we started our own family tradition: picking the fruit of our young trees by hand to make “green gold”—the buttery, peppery, and delicious olive oil.

Peanut Butter Pistachio Goat Milk Fudge

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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Fudge for the holidays, with a twist: made with cultured goat milk kefir

We’ve added pistachios to a classic peanut butter fudge recipe using our fresh, award-winning, plain goat milk kefir instead of evaporated milk. The goat milk kefir works beautifully—the resulting fudge is smooth, creamy with a nice peanut-butter flavor and a hint of tartness. Chopped, unsalted pistachios give just the right amount of contrasting “crunch” to the creamy confection and are very pretty sprinkled over the top as a garnish. Adapted from goat milk fudge recipe on food.com.

This fudge makes a great homemade gift—just be sure to save some for yourself.

Avocado Kefir Smoothie

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Recipes

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New research finds that eating an avocado per day, as part of an overall diet rich in healthy fats, may help cut the bad kind of cholesterol, known as LDL. “The avocado is this nutrient-rich, power-packed fruit that’s full of monounsaturated fat,” CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, says. “It also has fiber and antioxidants in it. It’s high in potassium, and vitamins. It’s low in sodium, cholesterol and sugars.” Plus, she noted, “the ancient Aztecs thought it was an aphrodisiac, if you need another reason to eat them.”

Creamy, probiotic-rich goat milk kefir provides the perfect base for this thick, nutrient packed green smoothie. You’ll get the benefits of goat milk, plus the powerful nutritional boosts from avocado, quinoa, banana and cucumber.