Fall at The Farm - a Bit of This and That

Our first fall harvest of French Breakfast radish and a few Cherry Belle mixed in.

Our first fall harvest of French Breakfast radish and a few Cherry Belle mixed in.

Finally, it seems as if fall is arriving here in the desert holding out hope of a respite of the summers heat and dryness. My longing for a cabin in the mountains where it rains on me for days subsides (a little) with this hope. 

Michael and I went back and forth on breeding the "babies" of January and after looking at their hefty size of over 95 pounds we decided to move forward and sent 4 of our girls - Gigi, Ava, Molly and Milly to Annabelles farm for a date with her rock star Lightening.  We brought the girls back after they spent almost 10 days hanging out with the potential daddy - in hopes they would come into heat cycles. There's a good chance they did - but we'll know for sure at about day 33 or so when our favorite ultra sound tech pays the farm a visit and looks for little goat baby hearts.  Let's just say that March will be potentially very busy around here with birthing and feeding babies. The other upside is that we'll have more rich creamy milk for more rich creamy caramels and cheese.

This happened this morning. At times we hand milk so we can weigh individual production of each girl. Michael is milking Blossom - the sweetest ever goat and I'm milking Plum - the almost sweetest ever goat. Plum is Storms daughter.

This happened this morning. At times we hand milk so we can weigh individual production of each girl. Michael is milking Blossom - the sweetest ever goat and I'm milking Plum - the almost sweetest ever goat. Plum is Storms daughter.

Speaking of caramels - gift giving season is here soon and giving local and giving our caramels puts a smile on every one's face! You an order our caramels here and we love to ship them to you or you can request a farm pick up.

If you can't make it our farm for a pick up - we are now at Old Town Market, Camelback Flowershop, Grow Op Boutique in down town Phoenix. Our caramels are also in Flagstaff at Criollo, The Princess in Scottsdale, Red Ticking in Seattle, Christopher David's in Portland, Vintage Weave in Los Angelos, Verdi Blu in Glen Rock, New Jersey and A Beautiful Mess Home in Angora, CA. If you're an upscale market - contact us for a wholesale offering here.

If you can't make it our farm for a pick up - we are now at Old Town Market, Camelback Flowershop, Grow Op Boutique in down town Phoenix. Our caramels are also in Flagstaff at Criollo, The Princess in Scottsdale, Red Ticking in Seattle, Christopher David's in Portland, Vintage Weave in Los Angelos, Verdi Blu in Glen Rock, New Jersey and A Beautiful Mess Home in Angora, CA. If you're an upscale market - contact us for a wholesale offering here.

This is the AMAZING Alexandre B - the French teacher at the International School. He works full time, is a husband and father AND he volunteers weekly at our farm. He ASKED if he could serve - and speak French at this dinner.

This is the AMAZING Alexandre B - the French teacher at the International School. He works full time, is a husband and father AND he volunteers weekly at our farm. He ASKED if he could serve - and speak French at this dinner.

To help bring fall in - we had an evening alfresco - where you all were invited. Chef Kirsten presented her first French Farm House themed dinners at the farm. Michael and I LOVE hosting farm dinners and plan to work with Kirsten in the future - stay tuned - you'll be invited too. Such special events are listed here.

I am crazy about lavender and if I ever move - I'm going to become a grower of lavender. . . growing fields of lavender.

I am crazy about lavender and if I ever move - I'm going to become a grower of lavender. . . growing fields of lavender.