A new year begins tomorrow! Time has flown by here on the farm this fall, filled with lots of progress and new exciting things. While that is no excuse for not posting for nearly three months, I hope you won’t hold it against me!
Sam and I have moved to another house on the property, and so have our goats! They needed more space since our herd grew by 50% at the beginning of December when four new does arrived. Everyone has been getting along well, after a few days of initial head butting and rank-establishing. The new does are actually old friends, acquisitions from the same farm as our original four- including Fiona’s mother and grandmother! So its one big happy family again. All those changes have meant that creamery construction went by the wayside while we moved ourselves and the animals, put up new fencing and made changes to the new barn. Now that everyone is settled (including ourselves), we are about to shake up everything by bringing in more new does!
Cheesemaking has come to a standstill for the winter as Saffire is nearly done producing milk. I still have a few tommes and wheels of blue cheese ripening in the cave, but the next time I make cheese it will be in the creamery!
Speaking of which, we will have plenty to do in that department! Things are shifting back into construction mode in the creamery after a few weeks of inaction while we moved, set up the new goat shed, and then took a little break to visit my parents in Maine for the holidays. Since my last post we have completed the sloping of the floor and are ready to insulate it and start laying tile as soon as we run the plumbing. Sam has been working tirelessly on the electric stuff, running lines to new outlets, moving light switches and the like. Now its back at it, finishing up the electric work and beginning to run the plumbing. Once everything is in the floor will go back on, then the tiling begins!
Our dairy inspector has been out once more since her first visit, we have been trying hard to keep her in the loop with all of our changes and new things to make sure we are on the same page with the regulations etc. So far she has been very helpful and willing to come out and check on our progress, and seems happy with how things are progressing. Next she’ll be coming back to check on our plumbing before we close up the walls and start tiling.
One other exciting development- our website is now live! Check it out: www.georgesmillcheese.com
So its been a busy few months here, and we are looking forward to a new year filled with lots of hard work and our first season selling cheese! Not to mention all the cute goat babies…