It’s early March and the weather outside sucks. But it’s a nice and humid 65 degrees in the greenhouse. Now all I need is a kiddie pool full of sand and a pina colada. Check out the inside of our greenhouse and see what we have growing so far!
We get this question a lot. “So, what do you guys do over the winter?” Well, quite frankly we just sit around in matching footie pajamas and binge watch Netflix until the first sign of Spring. Not really, but that would be awesome. Honestly, winter work at the farm feels more hectic than summer at times. The days are shorter and we’re continuously beholden to the weather. Spring just isn’t the beginning of the growing season, it’s a deadline for many projects. Income is less consistent but expenses always seem to increase. In general we hustle more, we budget tighter … Continued
Have you ever fell in love with a specific flavor? Or at least the idea of that flavor? I did a few years ago with hibiscus. Every time I would go to Panera/STL Bread Co., I would get the hibiscus iced tea and relish every drop. Then I found hibiscus jelly and I would just stand there in front of the fridge with the jelly jar and a spoon. Hibiscus and I had a love affair that lasted briefly, but burned brightly. So two years ago I decided to grow hibiscus in our herb garden, but to no avail. It … Continued
Welcome to Such and Such Farm’s Hungry Games! Hey! Have you ever wanted to fill your freezer with high quality, pasture raised pork? Or have you ever wanted to do whole hog butchering at your restaurant? Have you ever shyed away from purchasing a whole hog because the up front cost? What if I told you that you could get the price of a whole hog for only $25? WHAT?! (Yes) ARE YOU SERIOUS?! (Also yes) Welcome to our whole hog meat raffle! Individual Raffle Prizes ($25 price level): Three winners drawn every 20 entries sold First Prize: Whole … Continued
As you may have noticed, goat yoga is actually a “thing” now. And it’s an awesome thing. It’s not a thing like fidget spinners sold at the gas station or disgusting unicorn frappucinos are a “thing”. Goat yoga has been bringing experienced yogis out to new locations and it has given those brand new to yoga a fun opportunity to try it. Last fall, we got together with LotusEater Collective to bring goat yoga to the St. Louis area. And this June we came back bigger, more better, more goatier with Goat Yoga 2: The Sequel. When we tell people that … Continued
Hello, dear readers. Have you ever walked into your living room to find a house full to the brim of nine to eleven punks and six dogs? Have you ever come back from a post office errand to walk into your house during a homemade tattoo party? Have you ever taken a break from harvesting tomatoes to find yourself in the middle of an epic colored water balloon war? Have you ever done a podcast in the back of a van while drinking moscato straight from the bottle? Have you ever partied hard with so many of your closest friends all the while hosting three epic food events in one week? Then, my friend, you have not experienced the true Such and Such Farm. This has been our past month. This is our life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. #sorrynotsorry
There comes a time in (almost) every goat farmer’s life where you need to bite the bullet, dive in head first… and buy a buck. After three years of owning goats and two seasons of borrowing bucks from friends’ herds, it was time for us to go shopping for our own leading man. It’s a big deal! A buck is half of your herd! I really didn’t want to screw the pooch on this one. So I did my research, gave it a really good thought, did some math (!!!!), then did more research and more planning. But then it came time to go shopping for our buck. Two weeks ago, we brought him home. His name is Humphrey Bogart (Bogey), our first leading man, and he’s amazing. Let me introduce you to him and walk you through the process of buying our first buck.
Welcome to the recap for our first live facebook broadcast! Something that will be henceforth be known as Such and Such LIVE! Episode… whatever. Or at least until we come up with a better name. After each episode we’ll do a show note/recap on our blog so you can get more information! Without further ado, here’s what you missed:
Sometimes the most eye opening experiences are also the simplest. If you live in St. Louis, you should know Lona’s Lil Eats. If you don’t know, then read on and prepared to have your mind blown. We had the pleasure of hosting Lona, Pierce and their family at the farm for a special experience. Lona wanted the opportunity to slaughter and butcher chickens and hogs like she did back in her tiny hill tribe village in southern China. When she said that all she needed was the animals and hot water we were intrigued to say the least. So on Monday afternoon, we got her all set up and we ended up learning all about her culture and her tribe’s butchering methods. And we learned just how much of a badass Lona really is. Our minds were blown.
Kidding season is almost here! We have three girls due beginning-middle April. This year will be our second season kidding and milking. I miss the anticipation of kidding. I miss the smell of fresh goat kids (they smell like vanilla milk). But most of all, I miss milking! It’s my favorite “chore” around the farm. I also miss opening up the fridge to see a shelf full of fresh milk. But mostly, milking is the shiz. I put in my headphones, listen to a podcast or audiobook and head out to the barn to see my girls patiently waiting for me. One by one, they walk up to the milk stand and I get to spend lots of personal one-on-one time with each of my girls. My cold hands on their warm udders, the sound of their breathing and ruminating bellies next to my cheek. Then marching out of the barn with a pail full of liquid gold. It’s like carrying a trophy back into the house every morning. I am the milk maid victor!! But there’s a lot more that goes into milking. Cleanliness, feed control, blah blah blah that you don’t always hear about when you’re getting ready for milking for the first time. So today, I’m going to fill you in on my all natural milking supplies that I use for my girls. First of all, I like raising my goats as naturally as possible. Meaning, I give them herbal dewormers and tinctures when they need medicine as a preventative and treatment. If those don’t work or something serious happens, I go ahead and use regular medicine. When they’re in milk and I’m milking them, everything that happens from start to finish is all natural as possible. After all, you are what your milk… consumes. That doesn’t really apply. But when milking, I like to use as few chemicals as possible to ensure the best possible, farm fresh, most delicious, all natural goat’s milk as possible. So let’s start from the beginning.