In this week's Food & Farm Notes, Halley writes:
On our small island amid the rolling waves of corn and soybeans, everything is gearing up for summer. As the days grow longer, so does the list of chores.
This week, preparing for the big apple harvest later this summer involved countless hours mowing the waist-high grass and using it to mulch around the base of each tree.
We have also been applying Kaolin powder, a floury mixture made of clay that repels pests.
As for the goats, the kids born in early spring are increasingly playful, hopping on and off the old wire spools stacked in the pasture in a dance of perpetual joy. A little over two weeks ago, Clara Belle had her kids--one boy and two girls, Elsa and Espresso. Espresso had some trouble learning to nurse so we put her and her mother on the milking stand so we could help her. She successfully learned how to nurse, but now she refuses to drink anywhere but on the milking stand! (To meet some of our other goats and learn about their personalities, visit our website. You can also order soap there and we'll send it to you or as a gift to a friend.)
We milk three goats every day and get about one gallon of milk. We could get more, but the kids still like to drink a little and a gallon is enough for us to drink and to make cheese and soap.
Look for these soaps on Saturday, as well as several seasonal gift bags, perfect for late spring and summer birthday gifts . . . and Father’s Day, too – Silk and Milk might be the perfect one (in addition to, or instead of, a tie)!
- Eggs-tra Cleansing (with eggshells!)
- Sour Cream
- Silk and Milk Soap (for Dad’s Day!)
- Rosemary Mist
- Luxurious Lavender (aromatherapy!)
- Milk-and-Honey Facial
- Café Au Lait
- Strawberry Scrub
- Honey Oatmeal
- Yogurt Parfait
- Snow's Simple Soap