Saturday, February 19, 2011

sheep and goats

I fell in love with goat cheese today. We dated for a few years, but kept it casual. I couldn't commit, I mean, who wants to limit themselves to one type of cheese? We're still seeing other foodstuff, but it's getting harder. Polymeadow Farm's chevre spread over a slice of brick-oven bread was so savory, so rich, so amazing I bought a container on the spot. This is what happens when your wool booth is parked right next to a goat dairy. Love happens in the strangest places. I think this is the beginning of something serious, people.

I came home from my second market breaking even but damn happy. My humble sales covered the table, gas, and bought my lunch. That's more than enough reason for me to spend a winter day around other small farms and their wares. There was live music, artwork on display, carrots the size of my rolling pin and fresh coffee. That's really all I need to die happy.


Blogger Michelle said...

You found true love, that is worth more than breaking even! :)

February 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Breaking even is a very good start. Just wait til next year!

February 19, 2011 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I agree, you did better than break even. Cheese is my friend and I also love goat cheese. So creamy & good. You look great in your hat.

February 19, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Beth of the Rocks said...

I have never had goat cheese but your newfound love has convinced me I have to try it! And I like your table set up. It looks cozy and just right.

February 19, 2011 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

Sometimes all you need it to be around like-minded folk. I'd say you're way ahead in that respect! Congrats to you on your breaking even!

February 19, 2011 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Ellen Rathbone said...

I just wanted to drop a line to let you know that although a fairly new visitor to your blog, I'm right in line with you. I've been in love with the idea of self sustainability since the 1970s when I watched "Good Neighbors" on PBS (although in England it is "The Good Life"). I've been wanting to do it for so long, but have never had the opportunity (or is that guts?). Your blog has reinspired me. I've recently moved to Michigan (lost my job in NYS, and found one here) and am looking at an old farm house to buy. Four whole acres. In agricultural zoning. No more excuses (if I land there). I've done the whole raising-my-own-veg for a few years, but this may actually give me the chance to do chickens. Your blog piece about your pig, though, has given me some swine ideas now, too. Hm...

If you can do it with no rural background, then I, who have worked on farms, can certainly make a go of it, too!

February 19, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jenna, speaking of finding true love... I came across this article and totally thought of you and pulling this off!

February 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Ohiofarmgirl said...

Love goat cheese! we just got our first dairy gal 'freshened' and i cant wait to make my first batch of cheese!

great work on the market!

February 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger ... said...

this doesn't necessarily apply right to this entry... but... man, i really love your blog. i mean, i LOVE it! it's one of the only blogs that i read excerpts aloud to my husband and say things like "can't you just almost FEEL her farm?!?". you have a way with words, and you're such a strong, inspiring person, and i just wanted you to know that. :)

February 19, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Lynnanne said...

congrats on your joyous weekend… you look happy. and happy is what it's all about… :)

February 19, 2011 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger miss lady*cakes said...

I am so proud of you!
Your table looks AMAZING!
I am so happy for you, Jenna.
I can't wait to be more like you:)

February 19, 2011 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

Jenna, you look so happy behind that table, don't worry about the $$ breaking even is awesome, it so beats the alternative :) I wanted you to know I spent the WHOLE day trying to learn to knit, all because of you and this blog of yours that daily brings me joy and challenges me to try new things, at 48 I am sooooo stoked to have cast on stitches for the first time :) Thank you for being you and inspiring change for the better in me! :)

February 20, 2011 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

I'm glad you had such a good day.

Goat cheese is not the fellow I sleep with every night, but I do love flirting with him every chance I get, so I know what you mean.

Kristin- thanks for linking that article. That dress was amazing!!

February 20, 2011 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Cary said...

We fell in love with goat cheese 2 summers ago after tasting it at a local goat farm, Beltane Farm, in Lebanon CT. Beware all goat cheeses are not the same. I'd bought some from the grocery for a recipe years ago and it was gamey and had an unappealing bite. Goat cheese from the farm is a whole different wonderful animal :)! Glad you had a wonderful cheese.

February 20, 2011 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Jenna, add a big spoonful of this Bourbon Bacon Marmalade ( top of your goat cheese. Sublime! Loving your blog ~ so glad I found you!

February 20, 2011 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

That's a large part of the reason I keep goats - I mean, who doesn't love fresh chevre whenever they want it? :)

Looks like a great day at the market! I think repeated exposure will earn you bigger dollars too - folks will get used to seeing you there, and people who were only thinking of buying from you this time may go through with it next time. Looks like loads of fun as well!

February 20, 2011 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

Yay for breaking even. Next stop, profit.

I'm glad you've found goat's cheese, it truly is a wonderful thing.

February 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

congrats on a successful day! I'm sure it felt great to be surrounded by the things that help make you feel great!

February 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Congrats on a great day!
Chevre is delicious, and if you have a chance to try chevre neige, please do! It is bar none my favorite kind of cheese.

February 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger cat said...

Jenna, I've tried to email you about buying some of your wool...cannot get thru for some reason...can you please post your contact info??

February 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

I finally got around to knitting a hat with my own homespun. Started a second hat right away! I would be willing to give you lots of money for a bit of roveing!

February 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger kippy said...

A few years ago an acquaintance was starting to make goat cheese and sent me varieties to try. There must have been 8 different types and each one was distinctive and yummy. Wish I'd kept in touch with the cheese maker and could remember the varieties.
Gray Birds "can't you just feel her farm" comment about your blog says it perfectly. Reading makes it feel like we are right there without having to do the chores.

February 20, 2011 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Viviane said...

Living your dream is worth the expenses! Sounds like you had a great time! :)

February 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

How can I buy a CSA share?

February 20, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Jenna: Your table loooks great. It's nice to know that you can finhanhce this important networking through receipts - keep your eye on bvecoming known in the area - it's the basis of everythig else you are working toward. You go girl!!! Love that handknit hat. Send me your snail mail addy so I can get the other one to you ASAP.
Keep warm - it's dripping eaves weather here today!!!

February 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Oh darn. I left yesterday but if I'd known you were going to be at the market, I would have stayed one more day. Next time perhaps.

February 20, 2011 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Helenistic said...

Goat cheese is a wonderful thing. Try making stuffed Challah French toast with it. Make the French toast the usual way, then stuff (or sandwich) with a mixture of blueberry jam, vanilla and the goat chevre. Garnish with some blueberries on top and serve with maple syrup. It's heaven.

February 20, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Oh, I forgot - chevre is slammin' with habanero jelly!

February 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Big Al said...

Keep up the good work we have a small business also and meeting people and working with good people is as good as money
Big AL

February 20, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

I tried sheep milk feta cheese for the first time last year. I was a little wary. I didn't even know people milked sheep! Anyway, the cheese was so incredible! It was rich and creamy and I was so in love. Yum!

February 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Sounds like a great day! And I agree on the goat cheese - I love it!

February 21, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger bucolic beauty said...

Happiness is stringing together all the little things.

February 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

Just be careful you don' marry goat cheese before u at least go out on a date with Maude's manchego! While I love goat, hard sherpa cheese is amazing!

February 22, 2011 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

Sorry! Sheep's cheese... Not sherpa cheese!

February 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM  
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February 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Goat Cheeses (feta, mottzorella, ricotta, , .) Yogart, Milk. Here I COME!! I bought two lil twin gals late last summer who are almost of age to breed. Then Fate gave me their Momma goat who has the BEST udders Ive ever seen and she throws a gallon of milk a day :) What a milker! Soon I will be busy making, packaging and shipping organic, free ranged goat milk products.
Gotta come up w/ a name here first.....

PS LOVE ur site and u :)

February 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM  

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