A Typical Morning on the Homestead
Before we moved here I dreamed of how it would be.I imagined how I would get up joyfully at sunrise to feed and care for my livestock before milking and returning to the house to fix a full country breakfast for my family. I imagined the delicious, organic goats' milk providing super nutrition to my children. I imagined many things but the reality has been much different.
First...Getting up in a rosy glow of sunrise is not such a joyful thing sometimes, especially when the rosy glow of sunrise is camouflaged by dark storm clouds. Milking is no fun when the goat steps in the milk pan or kicks it over and you have no milk for the day. Fixing a full farm breakfast is a wonderful thought, I wish someone would come do that!
There are, however, many things that I do love about it. I love the warmth of the goats and the smell of the barn. There is a peace that comes with milking and a pleasure in the independence of being able to walk right by the $4.00 a gallon hormone infused commercial cow's milk at the store because we are paying $25.00 a month to feed animals that produce gallons of sweet, creamy, organic milk. I like that my children have an understanding of where real food comes from and an appreciation of the work it takes to produce it.
I took a series of pictures In April 2007 of my morning. I wanted to share them with my grandchildren who live a long ways away. In doing so I felt that they would experience connection with me, and they did.
I hope you enjoy the pictures, a little peek into what life is like here for those of you that are still dreaming about rosy dawns and milk pails.
And there you have it. A slice of my morning on the homestead.
A lot of people ask me what goats' milk tastes like. It is a lot like raw cows milk, which does have a different flavor than the stuff you get at the store. The goats milk does not have that musky flavor when it is fresh and as long as the does are kept separate from the bucks. You cannot judge the taste of goats' milk by the kind you find in the store.
Since it is naturally homogenized there is not a lot of cream that rises to the top. The milk is very creamy and will make a thick, rich pudding with an amazing texture. It is used cup for cup like milk in all things.
I hope you enjoyed the trip. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have about raising dairy goats.