Part 1: Growing Our Own Drought Resilient Goat Feed – Tagasaste
Conserving precious water is on our minds as we are facing another year of severe drought in California. We’re resilient folks, and are constantly looking at ways in which we can do our part at the Farm as well as at the creamery. Redwood Hill Farm Manager Scott Bice’s most recent water-saving project on the farm is one we’re very excited about. We are now growing some of our goat’s feed, a drought-tolerant, leafy shrub called Tagasaste, right on the farm – and the goats love to eat it.
Right now, late spring, is the time for apricots here in Sonoma County—and locally grown just picked off the tree don’t stay around at fruit stands of farmer’s markets for very long. Savor them while you can still find them!
At the farm we’re lucky to have young tree that produces a little more fruit for us each season. We’re growing peaches and nectarines in our orchard as well, and all pair beautifully with goat cheese, especially Redwood Hill Farm Chèvre.
Here is a simple yet elegant recipe that celebrates this great flavor combination. This recipe actually uses a blend of chèvre and cream cheese (but you could use all Chèvre if you like). We prefer to use the cream cheese we make right here at our creamery; Green Valley Organics Lactose-Free cream cheese, but any good quality cream cheese will work. Experiment with your own favorite herbs, nuts and seeds, but remember to use a light hand so as not to overpower this classic fruit/cheese combo. Fast and easy to make for a crowd, too.
This recipe and variations were inspired by and reprinted with permission from the blog “In Erika’s Kitchen”.
Lavender is blooming at our farm and local blueberries are ripening around the county. I was recently inspired to try this very seasonal and simple appetizer recipe courtesy of Patty James Catering, of a lavender & blueberry jam on crostini spread with Plain or Three Peppercorn Chèvre goat cheese. It is fabulous! For a light summer supper, simply pair with a salad and a crisp, white wine or sparkling juice. Patty James is a nutritionist, chef and author whose blog and videos are simply wonderful. Click here to vist her blog “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives”.
This is the ultimate pumpkin cheesecake recipe! It has a unique gingersnap crust and rich, luscious swirls of cream cheese and chèvre cheesecake plus pumpkin. If you want something extra special for the holidays, you must try this recipe. This recipe was tested and then adapted from a favorite cheesecake recipe I’ve loved making at Taste of Home.
Updated 6/24/15 9:16am by Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery
June 19, 2015
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REDWOOD HILL FARM & CREAMERY, INC. RECALLS 3LB RAW GOAT MILK FETA IN BRINE DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK
June 19, 2015 – Sebastopol, CA – Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc. is voluntarily recalling its 3lb Raw Goat Milk Feta in Brine buckets, with lot code #14000610, out of an abundance of caution concerning test results indicating the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The product comes in a white plastic bucket marked with a white lot code sticker on the top, reading lot code #14000610. Two buckets are shipped per case in a brown cardboard box with the brand sticker on the side and lot code sticker on the top (see picture below).
This bread was developed as a request from Jennifer Bice and Steven Schack of Redwood Hill Farm for the annual Goat Milk Producers Convention which was held in Santa Rosa in 1990 at the Landmark Winery. It first appeared in print in Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise as Method and Metaphor by Peter Reinhart. At that time we made a goat milk ricotta, or as we liked to call it “rigoatta”, and the original recipe was developed using that ricotta goat cheese.
How much do you know about goat kids? At Redwood Hill Farm we’ve been raising dairy goat kids since the mid 1960’s, and over the years have learned much about these intelligent, cute and cuddly young animals. Here’s our ‘top ten’ of fun facts about goat kids.
Humans and goats have enjoyed a close relationship for thousands of years. Nicole Bice, pictured left, and her brother Colton, below, are the next generation of human kids growing up with goat kids on our Certified Humane® farm—kids playing with kids, living and learning together on the farm.
A creamy, naturally sweet goat yogurt popsicle—with flavors of your favorite mango lassi yogurt drink. Fresh mango is paired with coconut milk and drained Redwood Hill Farm Goat Yogurt for a warm weather, low sugar and healthful treat that kids of all ages will love to make as well as eat.
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!
by David Bice
Redwood Hill Farm has been a family farm for over 45 years. It began in 1968 when our parents, Cynthia and Kenneth Bice (with then seven kids), moved from Los Angeles to Sonoma County and bought their very first goat named “Flopsy”. As a family and later under the leadership of oldest sister, Jennifer Bice, we have been making our cultured yogurt, kefir and artisan cheese for our goat milk loving customers since the early 1970’s. We invite you on a journey to follow our fresh goat milk as it travels from our Certified Humane® goat farm in Sebastopol, CA, to your neighborhood store.