We Are Sonoma County – The Goat Whisperer
by Heather Irwin
Cult-worthy pinots and locally sourced menus are a given. But it’s the people that give Sonoma County a flavor all its own.
There’s an edgy vibe to its cultural scene and eclectic collection of towns and villages, which is a reflection of the people who call Sonoma County home — the entrepreneurial cast and crew who till the soil, grow the grapes (and milk the goats), have made the region’s award-winning wine and food scene what it is today. As original as Sonoma County itself, they bring to life a quirky sensibility, and an energy that is captivating and contagious.
Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill Farm & Green Valley Organics
by Kathleen Thompson Hill
How many 4-H or Future Farmers of America members dream of making their childhood interest, adolescent affinity or high school passion into a full-fledged business? Many future farmers grow up on farms or in rural areas, and some know no other lifestyle. Animals become their best friends. Jennifer Lynn Bice’s story is a little different…
Read all about Jennifer’s dream here! (PDF download)
Redwood Hill Farm’s sister brand – “Green Valley Organics Lactose-Free Kefir”!
The editors and experts at Prevention announced their “Eat Clean 2013: Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards” last week. The list revealed the results of their search for the most nutritious, delicious choices with the cleanest ingredients. Included on the list is Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Kefir, a delicious drinkable yogurt that can be enjoyed on its own or used as a healthy alternative to buttermilk or cream in just about any recipe.
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Inc. Backgrounder – Sustainably Farmed & Family Owned Since 1968
(Sebastopol, Calif.) In 1968, Kenneth and Cynthia Bice moved their family from Southern California to Sebastopol, 60 miles north of San Francisco among the picturesque redwoods of western Sonoma County. They were seeking a “back to the land” lifestyle. The Bice kids were in culture shock at first, but got involved raising and showing goats in 4-H, learning to love the land and goats in the process. Soon there was an excess of goat milk that the family began selling to local health food stores and Redwood Hill Farm® was born. Today, first-born Jennifer Bice owns and guides the goat dairy and creamery her parents founded as an exemplary ecopreneur in a style that is better described as “giving back to the land.”
Read the entire press release (PDF download).
We’re celebrating a 45 year love affair with dairy goats!
In 1964, the Bice family moved from Los Angeles to Sonoma County and bought their first goat, “Flopsy” to provide milk for their evergrowing family . . . this was the beginning of their love for goats! In 1968, a boutique milking parlor and bottling room was built on the family farm. The family began selling raw goat milk to local health food stores and Redwood Hill Farm was born. Then in 1978, the eldest daughter, Jennifer Lynn Bice and her partner Steven Schack, with little more than $250 each and a passion for dairy goats, take over the farm. Fast forward to 2013 and Redwood Hill Farm is celebrating its 45th anniversary! Jennifer pledges the family’s commitment to producing delicious dairy products of the highest quality, while providing a sustainable environment and using practices that benefit the animals, the land, and the people. Read the history timeline here!
“I can’t think of a more quintessential Sonoma County farm family than the lovely folks at Redwood Hill Creamery. Jennifer Bice has lead the way for the sweet and natural growth of what her parents started 45 years ago. She has gathered some of her family around her, repurposed legendary facilities, gently moved beyond their core work of making some delicious goats milk foods and is living an exemplary existence in our magical region. They have been our largest sponsors of this Sonoma County Food and Farming Project, for which we are most grateful, but we’d have wanted to tell their story even if they hadn’t made this entire video story series possible.” ~ Clark Wolf
The Sonoma County Food and Farming Project (SCFFP), under the umbrella of Ag Innovations Network, seeks to increase of and encourage participation in small-scale food and farming projects in Sonoma County. Click here and enjoy the project’s video of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery
Simple to do yourself in the kitchen
In many countries drained yogurt, called Lebneh, is served topped with olive oil and a mixture of spices called Zatar (available at many gourmet and Middle Eastern stores).
Strained or “Greek style” yogurt is easily made by simply draining plain yogurt creating a thicker consistency similar to sour cream.
This thicker yogurt may be used as you would sour cream or mayonnaise, as a dessert with berries and maple syrup, in smoothies and baked goods or as the base of a dip made with salsa or spices.The resulting yogurt can be used as a low calorie substitute for sour cream in dips, salad dressings or sauces. The slightly tart flavor adds a new zing to many recipes.
Looking for a quick and simple appetizer showcasing our Raw Milk Feta? Here we present two options – hot or cold. For the hot, guests scoop up the oozy goodness of roasted feta with herbs and olive oil with slices of crusty bread. The cold version is simply cubed feta in olive oil with fresh ground black pepper, herbs and curls of lemon zest, served with toothpicks. C’est Simple!
By Chef John Ash
This recipe is by Sonoma County Chef John Ash, who has developed many recipes for Redwood Hill Farm. Originally this recipe called for buttermilk. Kefir is an excellent substitute in any recipe calling for milk, buttermilk or yogurt. Kefir is excellent as a base for soups, dips and sauces.
This is a quick, and simple soup. It is a wonderful base to which you can add all manner of things including cooked shrimp, sauteed mushrooms, spring peas, etc. I often will drizzle on a little fragrant nut oil as a garnish. Serve the soup chilled or at room temperature. We do not always think about room temperature soups but it is a nice variation on a warm day. Serves 4
Adapted by Michelle Anna Jordan from Rosemary Barrons,
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