How we control the flies on our organic farm including complete plans for “Mother Nature’s Fly Trap”
We are totally committed to protecting our environment and the health/safety of our employees and goats. Therefore, we have a policy of zero tolerance for synthetic chemical pesticides. Cleanliness and sanitation are the first line of defense against such pests as common flies. Their larvae need a moist, nitrogen rich area in which to incubate and hatch. In so far as possible, such habitats are minimized in our management. However, certain areas are always problematic on a working farm, such as around and underneath platforms supporting water tanks. Insect predators are routinely distributed to such areas to feed on the fly larvae.
Congratulations to our incredible Farm Team!
It was a wonderful Sonoma County Fair goat show for Redwood Hill Farm. We were honored to receive many awards, including the coveted Supreme Best Doe in Show award as SGCH Rima (pictured) won it against some amazing competition. Winning this award at our prestigious State and County Fair in the same year, is another great accomplishment in this Doe’s storied career.
This lovely cake was adapted from a favorite cookbook of mine, The Heritage of Southern Cooking by Camille Glenn. It is a family heirloom cake of hers and we think it will become a favorite with your family too! The original recipe calls for chopped, cooked, pitted prunes but the spices in it begs for trying pineapple or even cooked, chopped peaches as an alternative. The fruit may vary in the amount of moisture it gives to the batter, so if the batter looks a little loose after adding the fruit of your choice, add a tablespoon or so of flour.
I am showing the cake here with a delicious goat cheese Cream Cheese Frosting which is a perfect complement. This recipe, along with the original recipes suggested frosting, Caramel Kefir, are both in our dessert section. Remember: Redwood Hill Farm plain goat milk kefir is a perfect substitute for buttermilk in any recipe! The original recipe states that this cake is delicious served without frosting if desired.
From award-winning goats comes award-winning goat milk kefir!
California’s Sonoma County has a long tradition of dairying and cheese making. That proud tradition recently honored North Bay cheese producers including Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery who took home awards from the 2013 American Cheese Society’s annual Judging & Competition in early August, with Redwood Hill Farm brought home the top prize in their division for the Redwood Hill Farm Traditional Plain Kefir! This is not the first award for Redwood Hill’s delicious goat milk kefir, click here for a listing of recent awards.
The competition took place in Madison, WI during the annual conference of the American Cheese Society, a not-for-profit organization that encourages the appreciation and promotion of farmstead and specialty cheeses in the U.S. and Canada. Congratulations to all of the winners, and to Madison, WI, for hosting a great American Cheese Society Conference!
For more information about the American Cheese Society, go to cheesesociety.org
If you see plump ripe tomatoes hanging on the vine, seize the moment of the tomato!
Local Sonoma County cookbook author and Press Democrat columnist Michele Anna Jordan knows how to make the most of the season. Tomatoes, bacon and our goat cheese aged cheddar peeking out of a toasty galette-style crust– how can you go wrong?
Note: For instructions on making the galette dough, click here.
Thanksgiving is upon us…
and right on cue are blustery days, intense fall colors, and a sprinkling of rain showers to green up the fields on the farm. Recently on an extraordinarily fine day, I spent the afternoon with Jennifer and we made pie. Jennifer and I share a passion for cooking, along with Scott, David, Shelley and a few other siblings! As a large family growing up together on Redwood Hill Farm, cooking with fresh goat milk and seasonal produce from the garden each year became a natural part of our life. Now, some 45 years later, we all have favorite recipes when it comes to gathering for holiday meals and this pie is very special.
Cream Cheese Frosting is a classic for spice or carrot cakes. An alternative we love is substituting Redwood Hill Farm Plain Chèvre goat cheese for the cream cheese.
Chèvre is a fresh, light-textured, rindless goat cheese that is similar to cream cheese but softer and fluffier with only 1/3 of the fat and calories and it’s delicious in recipes like this one! Try this recipe with award-winning Redwood Hill Farm Plain Chèvre the next time you’d like a delicious and unique frosting for your special cake.
Has your get up and go, got up and gone? Juice up your day with goat milk kefir and nourishing greens, bursting with energy to spare. We added a kiss of apple and a handful of strawberries for sweetness and recommend including a frozen banana for an extra creamy texture. Our Redwood Hill Farm Plain Kefir packs a punch of protein and has Flourish® – a proprietary blend of 10 live active probiotic cultures. Make enough to share as family and friends will be green with envy of your renewed vim and vigor.
For more on how to get creative with kefir and yogurt smoothies, check out our…
When food author Michele Anna Jordan’s students tell her they can’t make dough, she often uses this recipe to teach them how. “It’s mostly lack of confidence that gets in the way of a good dough. As long as you use chilled butter, cold water and don’t overwork the mixture, you should have excellent results every time.” says Michele.
Use this recipe for Michele’s Tomato Galette with Bacon.
For sweet galettes, see the variation at the end of this recipe.
Variation: For sweet galettes, use 1/4 teaspoon salt and add 1 teaspoon sugar at the same time.
Who says holiday dishes can’t be healthy? By adding kefir and fibrous parsnips to traditional mashed potatoes your guests will enjoy up to a whopping 10 grams of fiber per serving without missing a beat. A tummy-taming pour of Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Kefir adds creaminess, a delightful tang and beneficial bacteria to boot. For a lactose free option use our Green Valley Organics kefir. Try our tempting add-ons to take this showstopper over the top.
Switch It Up, Switch It Out
We whipped up our Parsnip-Tater Mash with goat’s milk kefir because we love its creamy texture and rich tanginess. But if you’re out of Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Kefir or have a hankerin’ for cow’s milk products, our Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Kefir, Yogurt or Sour Cream make fine alternatives. Each adds an exceptional creaminess and nutty flavor without any lactose. Substitute the kefir and yogurt 1:1 and the sour cream 3/4 cup per every one cup of kefir. Substitute Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt 1:1 too!