Ole Lake Farm is a special place in north central Minnesota. It has been the privilege of three generations of the Flowers family to live, work, hunt, and play on this land since 1966. We grow a small amount of produce like pumpkins and some grain each year, like corn and wheat, as well as raise chickens, goats,and pigs. We also manage our forest to produce lumber for construction projects and heat for our home.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Milking and more
Yesterday was Vinca’s first birthday.Today was Vinca’s first milking.Goats grow up fast don’t they?So do daughters...
After a rather contentious start, Daisy has settled nicely
back into the milking routine, hopping eagerly up on the stand to get her tasty
kibble.I still put the hobbles on her,
because she does get impatient when the food runs out, but overall, she’s doing
fine.I really had no idea how it would
go with Vinca, but now I am pleased to report that her behavior could not have
been better!I will try to get more goat
pictures out here tomorrow.
I made cheese last weekend.I started with a gallon of milk, and got a good amount of very tasty
chevre. Next time I will weigh it, but didn't think to this time. I added basil and granulated
garlic to it and everyone who has tried it has said it was good (of course they are my friends and family...).I am going to try some mozzarella soon, so stay tuned.
Settling in nicely
A while back (like a couple of years ago) I sold a nice senior citizen a few of my
hens.She loves the hens and says they
are the best chickens she’s ever had.Due to some very sad family circumstances, these ladies are in need of “out
of home placement”; that’s social services talk for foster care.So, this morning, four hens came to join the
henhouse gang.There was some pecking
and squawking, but this afternoon all is well.
While the garden is still pretty deep in snow, I am inside
seeding flats of tomatoes and peppers today.Kevin is working on the wood supply.
This lettuce is moving to the greenhouse beds very soon... I did have some of it for lunch!