• 5 Tips for Building Raised Garden Beds

    It’s been a while since I (Venise) blogged. When it comes to our strengths Belinda is the stronger writer so I generally let her shine on the blog while I dig in the dirt. But, I am excited to share some gardening tips with you so I taking a break from the dirt to try to put some words on a “page”. Since Ross and I have been feverishly working to rebuild our raised garden beds and get everything installed in time for the busy growing season it is a great time to share 5 tips for building raised garden beds. Leave enough room for your equipment I am making…

  • Garden to Glass Workshop @ The Works in Seattle

    If there are two things the Simple Goodness Sisters LOVE it is sharing our passion for #gardentoglass drinks and meeting new people which is why this summer we are going on the ROAD to share our passion for #gardentoglass mixology! We want to help people grow their own cocktail gardens and use their gardening skills behind the bar! Our first stop is in Seattle at The Works on Wednesday April 24, 2019 from 6-7:30PM. We will be sharing our planting plans in depth and demonstrating how each herb, flower, fruit, and vegetable is used to make tasty and delicious drinks at home. Farmer Venise will teach you how to plant…

  • Gathering the Girl Tribe

    When we were little our mom, like every other mom out there, forced Belinda and I to share. For most our lives we shared a room and no matter how hard we tried to label or hide our things, we learned to live with the fact that our sister was going to steal our stuff. Everything from makeup to clothes and even hobbies we learned to share. Sure, I didn’t love it when Belinda stretched out all my shoes with her big foot feet and I am sure Belinda wasn’t thrilled when I would steal her quirky clothes that I would never buy for myself because my taste was far…

  • Simple Goodness Sisters Presents Simple Goodness Syrups!

    We’re launching online sales of our Simple Goodness Syrups. This moment is about 2 years, or 30 years in the making, depending on your perspective. Appropriately, this new venture of ours is launching the week of International Sisterhood Day. My sister and I have been sisters since my birth in 1988 and business partners since earlier this year. But the seed for the Simple Goodness Syrups was really planted in 2016, at my very first Happy Camper Cocktail Company event when a guest handed me her business card and asked if I would consider selling our drink syrups in her retail store. (Note to self, time to call!) Venise continued…

  • Tarragon and Quince Cocktail Recipe

    The Tarragon is currently reaching the end of it’s productivity in the herb garden on the farm but before it goes there is still time to enjoy it’s licorice tangy flavor in a cocktail.  If you are growing tarragon in your garden, you will want to watch it for flowering (the flowers don’t actually flower, they just make little buds) and the yellowing of the leaves towards the end of your growing season. When you start to see these tell tale signs that fall is near you should start to harvest and think about how to store it through the winter. My favorite way to store Tarragon is to freeze…

  • The answer to the question: What are you going to do now?

    If I ever write an autobiography, June 16, 2017 will be the end of part one because that is the first time I truly felt like a grown up. Ironically, it is also the day I quit my “grown up” job. Never before have I felt more in charge of my own life, and at risk of sounding cliche, my own destiny, than the day I decided to tell my boss to “take this job and shove it”. Of course I didn’t use those exact words and I tried to be as professional as possible on my way out, which for a no holds barred, notorious truth teller, was very…

  • First Arrival: Sade’s Baby Goats

    The time is FINALLY here! We welcomed our first baby goats yesterday! In years past we have always kidded in April and May, but this year our buck’s schedule was pretty full so we waited until January to breed the girls which meant that our kidding dates are in June this year. Our first doe to kid was Sade. Sade is four years old and this was Sade’s second birth, as her breeding didn’t take last year. Last time she kidded she had two does (girls) and we kept both of them in our herd. Lucy is due this month for the first time, while it appears Ethyl didn’t spend quite…

  • Winter Farm Update

    Since Belinda posted about her exciting Happy Camper Cocktail updates I figured it was time to post a winter farm update. Winter is a pretty slow time on the farm which is good because it gives us time to catch up on projects we don’t get to during the busier seasons. This winter Farmer Ross has been focusing on selling some of the extra equipment we have laying around which will give us the room and funds to buy some new equipment. One of our most recent purchases included some refrigerators and freezers we bought to store our farm produce and meat. Our local grocery store went out of business which is a…

  • Corporate Herdsmanship

    When it comes to my food, I like to keep things separate. If it was socially acceptable I would probably still use one of those kid plates with dividers so all the food stays neat in it’s place. But, when it comes to my life, I prefer to mix it up. In practice this means I check and respond to work emails in the middle of doing farm chores. I blog during my commute to work. I think about my daughter in the middle of work meetings. It means that whether I am at work, at home or in the barn, I am not 100% fully there, part of me is somewhere…

  • The signs of labor in cows

    Two years ago we welcomed our very first calf on the farm when Mama struggled through labor and delivered a healthy heifer (girl) calf we named Mae. Fast forward two years and our baby is all grown up and having babies of her own. Mae is scheduled to calve sometime soon. If we were full time farmers who had the opportunity to spend more time in the barn and less time in our corporate offices we would have been regularly observing and recording Mae’s heat cycles and would know when she was bred. But, alas, we are busy modern day farmers who work day jobs and try to do our best when…

  • A letter to Deyton

    Dear Deyton, Yesterday a very wealthy couple, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, wrote a letter to their newborn daughter, Max, with a plan and a pledge to donate $45 billion dollars to help ensure that your generation grows up in a world better than ours today. As I read the news, I was thankful that a couple with so much power, because of the money they have made, feel morally responsible to make the world a better place not just for their own child but for every child. But, I also felt a little small, a little insignificant. You see, like Priscilla and Mark, I also want to make the world a better place and there are…

  • Growing Garlic: Cutting Scapes

    Farmer Ross and I have gotten a lot of questions recently filled with anxiety and enthusiasm asking “what should I be doing with my garlic”?  Because garlic is a winter crop, it is often one of the first crops to be harvested in the summer. Since I had so many questions this year I thought I would write a quick post about what the next few months entail for all you budding garlic farmers! First, if you are growing hardneck garlic in the Pacific Northwest, your scapes should be ready to cut. I usually cut ours as soon as the scape has made a full curl. The scapes are the…

  • Our Weekend Adventures and Baby Goats

    Man things around the farm are busy! In Washington we all look forward to this time of year when the gray skies start to clear and summer takes shape. On the farm, the spring and summer are the busiest parts of the year and this year is going to be no different. In an effort to get some last minute R&R before the craziness of summer takes over, our family took a short trip across the mountains to Lake Chelan for Kate’s 14th birthday! Originally Kate wanted to go to the ocean and go clam digging but the warmer than normal weather brought upon an algae attack in the ocean and they…

  • Egg Bound Chicken

    To be a great farmer, one must also be a great detective. Because our animals cannot speak to us in words, we spend a lot of time trying to guess their needs. Over the past few days we have had the chance to hone our detective skills when we noticed one chicken who wasn’t being her usual chicken self. Rather than hanging out with the other chickens she has been laying in the goat stall on the ground, which is never a good sign. When the other chickens were flocking to the feeder in the morning fighting for food, she hardly turned her head, an even worse sign. It didn’t take…

  • The Future of Breastmilk

    It seems that milk is all the rage these days! Have you been to the dairy section of your local grocer lately? The other day I took a gander down the dairy isle of our local grocer and was shocked at how many types of milk there are.  I had no idea almonds had nipples! It used to be that you chose milk based on fat content, nonfat (water) 1% (water with a splash of milk), 2% (water with a shot of milk), whole milk (the good stuff) and if you are lucky to live in a state that allows people to make their own choices about the food they consume you get an…

  • Happy National Agriculture Day

    Today is National Agriculture Day! Ag Day is about recognizing – and celebrating – the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. The National Ag Day program encourages every American to: Understand how food and fiber products are produced. Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy. Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. In celebration of this important day I thought it would be appropriate to share some fun agriculture facts you might be able to use at the next trivia night or when you want to one up that know-it-all at the dinner party. Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family. The…

  • Breastmilk is funny s@#t!!!!

    Happy Monday everyone! In celebration of another week at the grindstone (and milk machine) I decided to share some pumping humor! I belong to a few Facebook groups that deal with breast feeding, pumping, mothering and parenting. Every so often mamas share funny stories about the joys of pumping and I thought it  would be fun to share some of my favorites. Do you have a funny story to share? Please share it in the comments section below! I could use some extra laughs this morning! So we have a room in the office that they changed into the “pump room” for the two of us who are pumping. The…

  • Corporate Lingo on the Farm

    One of the things Farmer Ross and I have in common with other modern day farmers is our day job. In addition to all our farm chores, we both work full time jobs. We straddle the line between country living and the hustle and bustle of corporate America. We get up with the sun, feed cows, goats and chickens, fight commuter traffic to our jobs, put in our eight hours and then turn around do it all in the reverse order. While the whole process can be exhausting it certainly helps keep us well rounded. We get dressed in our work clothes, but seldom leave the farm without stray pieces of hay…

  • Growing Garlic: mid-winter check-in

    Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest, for now. Its been a bit of a crazy year. The frogs are singing, the sun is shining and the crocuses are blooming and its only February! Farmer Ross and I got giddy this weekend with all the sunshine poking through the usually gloomy clouds and decided to do some spring cleaning around the farm as well as check in on our garlic. As it turns out, the garlic is also loving the sunshine! Kate came over and helped us dig up a few sprouts and check the progress. As you can see in the picture Kate was also excited about the sun, she wore…

  • Sheep Shearing Adventure

    This last weekend Deyton, Farmer Ross and I went to  the Bless Ewe Sheep Company farm to learn all about shearing sheep. This was my second time watching the sheep get hair cuts and Ross and Deytons first. Last year Belinda and I went for our first ever sheep shearing adventure and we had a great time meeting Stewie the famous lamb and learning all about sheep and their fleece.  Sheep shearing day is the equivalent of harvest day for farmers. It is the culmination of all the hard work they put in throughout the year and because the fleece is sold, it is also pay day! Despite the very rainy and…

  • Breeding Season

    All of our does recently returned to the farm after a brief stay at the Hidden Circle Farm where they had a romantic stay with their buck boyfriend Razz. The gestation period for goats is about 5 months so we are hoping that come May and June we will be able to post lots of pictures of cute baby goats! This year was the first year I actually caught one of my goats, Sade, the biggest flirt of them all, showing signs of her being in heat. Last year in my Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy post, I shared about how Sade was not very enthusiastic about going to the breeders, but this year she was…

  • Hi Ho Hi Ho It’s Off To Work I Go

    When you become a mom for the first time your reality changes almost instantly.  Four months ago I was a twenty-something, career focused, double income no kids professional.  Today I am a thirty something, working mom who spends her extra money on adorable baby clothes and saving for family friendly vacations. It has been a monumental transition and it felt like it happened over night, which it did on September 25, 2014. in the labor and delivery wing of Swedish hospital. For some moms having a child brings another huge life change, becoming a stay at home mom. For others, like myself, having a baby means enjoying a brief stint…

  • A Long Awaited Farm Update

    Oh its been SOOOOO long! I have taken a little hiatus from blog posts, but I promise I have a good reason! My good reason was born on September 25, 2014 at Swedish Hospital and weighed 5.8lbs, was 17.25″ long and is named Deyton . She came two weeks early, and was perfect upon her arrival. Before her arrival, Ross and I were running around like chickens with their you know what cut off trying to get as many chores done as we could before our lives changed forever. All the running around (or rather waddling around) and the exhaustion that comes during the last few months of pregnancy left me…

  • Expensive Seed

    Yesterday was one of those days most dog owners try to avoid. Generally speaking Pearl is a really healthy dog and we have spent very little in the way of vet bills. Besides eating something that resembled a peach pit just a few days after we got her and having to decide to let nature takes its course or go in to remove the blockage, Pearl has been a pretty easy keeper (we decided to let nature take its course and it did). But, then three days ago Pearl and Ross were playing frisbee out in the pasture and in mid toss, Pearl suddenly stopped chasing the frisbee and started shaking…

  • What to Expect When You Are A Farmer Expecting

    There are thousands of blogs written for parents who are expecting. I love reading these blogs and decided to share my own thoughts on what one can expect when expecting. To make it interesting, I thought it would be fun to share my experiences as a farmer. So, here are five things women who farm can expect when they are expecting! Enjoy! Don’t be surprised if you compare yourself to livestock If you raise livestock, it is almost a sure bet that throughout your pregnancy you will compare yourself and your experiences to those of the livestock you raise in the barn. Don’t be surprised if you accidentally or jokingly referring to your cycles as…

  • Real Cowgirls

    The last couple of weeks have been an adjustment for me. I am finally starting to feel better and spend less time hugging the toilet which means that the pounds are starting to pack on and my belly is noticeably bigger than before. In fact, Belinda and I recently had some maternity photos taken by the talented Mrs. Laura Morceau of Casual Family Photography and while we haven’t gotten them all back yet to share, below is a nice little teaser for you all. See…I really am starting to look pregnant! Anyways, as the scale starts tipping further and further towards a number that usually belongs to my husband I am…

  • Grandpa Val Wisdom

    On June 18, 2014 my grandpa Val turned 80 years old. Over my grandpa’s past 80 years he raised a family, worked his butt off  and has taught his family about love, sacrifice, working hard and giving graciously. Like the rest of my grandparents, he is one of my heros. He was part of the inspiration behind my unique name (my parents combined Val and Denise, my mother’s name, and came up with Venise). One of the things that I love most about my grandpa is he is a no bull-crap kind of guy. He lives very simply despite the fact that he could live far more lavishly than he does. You…

  • Happy Mothers Day!

    Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there! I love you all. On the farm we are lucky because we get to experience the miracle life every spring. We get to see natural motherly instincts at their finest. The transformation a new mama goat goes through as soon as her first baby is on the ground is always inspiring. The last couple weeks we have had a few of our does kid and each time I learn something new about the nature of the mother. I cannot teach a mama goat to do what she does, it comes 100% naturally. Each mothers their babies in special, unique ways and it…

  • I can’t resist…more baby goat videos

    EB had her babies last night while I was in car driving home from work. Luckily Kate and Ross were home to help. She delivered three kids, one large buckling (boy), one small buckling, and one very small doeling. The doeling is adorable with pretty blue eyes. She had a hard time figuring the whole nursing thing so Kate and I helped her out with a bottle to make sure she got the nutrient rich colostrum. Hopefully by the time I get home tonight her brothers have shown her the ropes. Below are some videos I took because I absolutely cannot resist the cuteness and I am guess neither can…

  • Designing with Bead Board

    I am currently obsessed with bead board. I love the antique charm that bead board instantly brings to a room. Generally when people think of bead board they think of white paneling that is 36″-42″ tall. However, if you are willing to think outside of the box when installing bead board you can achieve a look that is different and refreshing. Recently we finished installing bead board in our kitchen and our barn guest room. In addition to my tips and tricks below, make sure you check out my before and after pictures to spark your creativity. If you have pictures of a project you have done or are working…

  • A Nice Wife

    If you are on Facebook and your friends are anything like mine you have probably noticed a popular article getting lots of attention titled something to the effect of “I’m Dating Someone Even Though I’m Married” and when you click into it, it is a call from a pastor and husband to date your spouse. It is not a new concept,  but it is a good reminder. Where I think most people go wrong, myself included, is that we think dates when we hear dating. Between my 12 hour days at work, taking care of the farm animals and renovating our farm house, I don’t have time to go on…

  • The Rodenator In Action

    No matter where you live in Western Washington, if you have a yard it is likely you have a mole problem (I am guesings moles are a problem in other places as well). Moles are not picky about the yards they ruin. Whether you aim to win the best groomed lawn award in your neighborhood or are trying to up your hay production from last year, moles will get in your way and if you are anything like my husband Ross, you will spend hours drafting your plan of attack. Ross has tried pretty much everything to get rid of moles. He has tried marking their routes each morning and…

  • Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

    One of easiest and most rewarding remodeling projects is upgrading cabinets and counter tops. This will be my third kitchen remodel and each time I have skipped the expensive option of replacing the existing and opted for a facelift. In this house, I love the fact that the cabinets are original to the house and solid wood.  I have priced enough cabinets to know I couldn’t afford new solid wood cabinets and since the existing cabinets are fully functional I saw no good reason to tear them out…waste not, want not!  Besides being way cheaper, revamping old cabinets is a whole lot faster and when I started this project I…

  • Ross’ Homemade Butter

    One of the best things about living off the beaten path is the access to real food. I love the fact that I never have to put eggs on my grocery list and that rather than having frozen pizza as our fall back plan we have delicious egg scramble with sausage, garlic, eggs and cheese on those lazy days when grocery shopping just isn’t worth it. And even if I don’t have something available on my farm it is likely that one of my neighbors do. This past week,  I was gathering ingredients for my Christmas recipes (lasagna, cookies, whip cream, pie) and finishing up my last minute Christmas shopping,…

  • Merry Christmas from The Farm

    May you all have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! I will keep it short and sweet because we have four stops to make today and a delicious lasagna dinner to host- look for my recipe tomorrow! For all our followers here is a Christmas card for you…we so appreciate you following and sharing our blog with your friends! Merry Merry Christmas!

  • Christmas Family Traditions

    For many Christmas time is a season of traditions. In our family we have a bunch of traditions we like to incorporate into the festive season that I think are worth sharing. If you get any ideas from our traditions feel free to add them to your own and I would love to hear about your traditions and possibly add them to our line up! 1. Christmas Tree Hunting: every year we try to drive into the mountains and cut our tree. You can read about this year’s adventure on my Christmas Tree Hunting in Western Washington blog! 2. Christmas Shopping in Seattle: This was actually a tradition that we…

  • Christmas Tree Cutting in Western Washington

    Here in the Evergreen state, cutting your own Christmas tree is something I believe everyone ought to do at least once. It’s much like how everyone in California should try surfing at least once and those in Tennessee should catch a country concert. For my family and I Christmas tree hunting is an annual tradition. Yesterday my family and I met for our annual tradition and came home with four trees that cost less than one would at the lot and a few stories worth so much more! After twenty some years of hunting, I have harvested many “wild” Christmas trees and have learned a few tips and tricks I…

  • You’re never too old to try new things

    “I guess I am a lot braver than I was when I was younger”  That’s how Poppi explained his decision to try a new cuisine when he came to see our farm for the first time today. For those of you who do not know my Poppi, he is a man of great wisdom and many words. His memory is incredible and even though he will tell you the same story over and over again, it is always the same. He rarely forgets a detail, which is incredible considering he is 94 years old. About a month ago Poppi lost his incredible wife, Doris Dalisky also affectionately known as nanny. Today…

  • Pearl’s New Reality

    When I convinced my husband to let me get a blue heeler puppy for my birthday a year ago he made me promise I would remember that my dog was a dog and it would be expected to live by dog rules – or in other words sleep on ground, poop outside and eat dog food. We both agreed we didn’t want to be those twenty-somethings who aren’t quite ready for kids so they get a dog to fill the gap and then end up referring to each other as mom and dad when speaking to their dog, celebrating their dog’s birthday with a special doggy cake and flooding their…

  • Planting Garlic

    It seems as though my posts are about a week behind, but my moto has always been better late than never!  Last weekend was garlic planting weekend and even though it was a lot of work, we had a lot of fun working alongside family and planting our first ever crop! The first step of planting garlic is breaking the bulbs and sorting your large seed garlic from your small food garlic. Every night when we got home from work Ross and I would turn on the TV and break apart the bulbs of our nine varieties. We ended up getting two varieties of soft neck garlic (the kind you…

  • Garlic and Burlap

    When Ross and I bought our little 10 acre farm we both had grand dreams of all the bounty we would harvest. I know I wanted to get more animals which lead to the purchase of Mama and Charolette. Ross, however, had big dreams of being a farmer. Being the equipment nut he is he envisioned a life on a tractor tilling the land and harvesting his crop. But first, he had to decide what crop to try. After a little research we decided our first crop would be garlic. Most of our research showed that if you can grow it, it can be a great cash crop for the…

  • A new season for our blog: Simple Goodness

    The Dairy Queens started as a way for Kate and I to share our goat stories with the world. Our first blog post showed Kate and Ross building our first grooming stanchion  over a year and a half ago. Since our first post our goat herd has tripled, Kate has become a season goat showlady, our farm has moved and our lives have gotten even more busy. Like young girls often do, Kate has been spending less time video blogging with her goats and more time hanging out with friends, playing team sports and living the life of a soon to be teenager. So, while Kate will still be helping…

  • My Nanny

    Yesterday morning my Nanny took her last breath and said goodbye to her family. My nanny was one of the strongest women I know. She was the daughter of a dairy farmer in Minnesota. She grew up milking cows every morning and evening and consequently she had the strongest handshake of anyone I ever met. The mother of eight children and twenty some grandkids and a handful of great grandkids she had the patience of a saint. She taught me so many valuable lessons growing up and she gave me some of my fondest memories. For many she was a rock in a sometimes crazy life. She was someone you…

  • We need a Farm Name

    What’s a farm without a name? We need a name for our farm and I would love to hear your suggestions. Please let your creative juices flow and comment below! (see how I did that rhyming thing?)

  • Everything is bigger at the farm…even the weeds!

    The past few weeks Ross and I have waged a war on the weeds at the farm. There are so many established plants that are starting to bloom but finding them among the weeds has been a challenge. Luckily the soil is pretty weed-pulling friendly so it isn’t too terrible. So far I have weeded the bed behind the house that hosts some beautiful hydrangeas and the coolest Jacobs Walking Stick tree I have ever seen and all around the buildings where the weeds were literally starting to climb up the walls. The previous owner left some wine barrel planters for us that I weeded and can’t wait to plant…I…

  • Goat Milk Ice Cream

    Tonight my husband is in Boise, ID buying a new truck so I took the opportunity to skip dinner and get right to cooking the best meal of the day: dessert! The first time I tried goat milk ice cream was last year at the King County Fair when our 4H leader tried to raise moral in the hot and sticky barn with an afternoon treat. It was so sweet and creamy that I knew goat milk ice cream would probably become my next addiction. I have been hoarding my milk after my first three days of milking ( my husband drinks it faster than I can milk it) and…

  • DIY Kitchen or Bar Cart

    I am currently on a Pinning spree and I am obsessed with farmhouse kitchens. The trend I love the most is the classic white kitchen with rustic wood accents. The look works because the white gives a clean, refined look that contrasts beautifully with the rough edginess of the wood. Because I work at the Millwork Outlet, a building materials store that specializes in reclaiming rustic wood products, I am always looking for ways to incorporate our unique pieces into my home. At the same time, my husband’s honey-do list is already overwhelmingly long so I am trying to prioritize my projects and find projects I do on my own, which is why this DIY Kitchen Cart piqued my…

  • Venise’s Blog: Indoor Herb Garden

    This last week the weather in the normally rain soaked city of Seattle has been sunny and beautiful. The 70 degree plus weather had me thinking of summer BBQs with mojitos and caprese salad so I got a wild hair up my you-know-where and I decided to make an Indoor Herb Garden. Being the super practical person I am, I love the idea of using herbs as interior decorations because they provide greenery, are edible AND they smell terrific in my home…three birds, one stone! Because I had a million other things I needed to do on my day off I went with a watered down version of the barn wood mason…

  • Venise’s Blog: Breakfast for Dinner – Goat Milk and Sausage Scramble

    We have now had our chickens for about a month and we are starting to get a surplus of eggs. For the first few weeks Ross was getting up early every morning to make himself eggs for breakfast, but the novelty of it all is starting to fade and so his egg consumption is starting to dwindle. I sold my first dozen eggs about a week ago to a coworker for $3, but I still had about three dozen extra so I decided it was the prefect time to try making breakfast for dinner (which I guess is a somewhat common thing among breakfast lovers). As a general rule of…

  • Venise’s Blog: Beekeeping 101

    Keeping a beehive and harvesting my own honey has been something I have wanted to do ever since the beekeeping store, The Bees in the ‘Burbs, moved into a building right next to my work the Millwork Outlet, and since I saw the movie The Secret Life Of Bees. I am a sucker for all things southern and for some reason I have always considered beekeeping to be quintessentially southern.  Yesterday, the Bees in the ‘Burbs posted on their Facebook page that they had purchased some baby chicks and of course I couldn’t resist the cute vibes that were traveling over the fence and into our office so I took a late afternoon…

  • Venise’s Video Blog: Ross milking for the first time!

    Now that the kids are here, it also means the milk is here! A healthy Nigerian Dwarf can produce up to two quarts of milk a day or more. Their milk is best known for having the highest butterfat content of the dairy goat breeds. The butterfat content can range anywhere from 5%-10% whereas the larger breeds usually range from 3% to 6%. The high butterfat gives the milk a creamier taste and is excellent for making cheese and ice cream. Having milk on a regular basis was one of the most exciting things about having goats. For the last few months I have been investing in Cheese Making Kits with the hopes of…

  • Venise’s Blog: EB’s Natural Maternal Instincts Videos

    Probably the most amazing part of EB’s delivery  was watching our goat’s natural instincts in action. This was EB’s first pregnancy and it was amazing to see nature at work.  Just like they said she would, she became very friendly and was obviously distraught when we would leave her alone. When she started contracting we felt really bad for her and tried to stay with her as much as possible. When we were sitting with her she would quiet down and relax. While we enjoyed helping her feel comfortable we also noticed that she wasn’t progressing when we would sit with her so we would try to leave periodically so she could pace, stretch out,…

  • Venise’s Blog: Welcome Pearl

    For my birthday Ross got me a new puppy! I have always loved blue heelers and after having one a few years ago I knew I would want another one. I have been itching to get a dog for some time but it is such a huge commitment I was a little apprehensive. However I found a litter that was about an hour north of me and couldn’t resist I just had to go look. As soon as Pearl came running out of the kennel and rolled over on my feet I knew I had to have her. She is nine weeks old and absolutely adorable. She was born on…

  • Venise’s Blog: Goat in the House!

    Sade is getting bigger every day and to ensure she is a great show goat for Kate we are bringing her inside and getting her used to hanging out with us and being a part of the family. Her favorite spot in the house is resting on the coach while we watch TV. She jumps up on the couch, paws at the couch and then lays down and chews her cud. Even when she is inside she is always ready to go back and be with the other goats in the barn. If you didn’t believe me when I said our goats are just like dogs then you have to…

  • Venise’s Blog: Welcome to the Farm Sade

    Today we picked up the newest member of our family, Sade from KW Farms in Yakima, WA. We took our 4-runner so we were scared the two hour drive would be a bit loud with her complaining, but she was absolutely silent on the way home, I think she was missing her goat friends back home a bit. Once we got home we kept her inside the house for a bit to get used to us. She is extremely friendly and oh so cute! Our bigger goats are trying to establish a pecking order so we are feeding her separately until she gets big enough to hold her own. Her ears are still dyed green…