Thursday, January 19, 2012

Goat Love: Part 1

I felt curious about goats the other day, so I asked Jude and Violet if they wanted to go for a road tour.
Laurie and Jack run their business, Opeongo Mountain Meadow Soap out of their home just off the Opeongo Line.

The view is beautiful, and the goats?


Well. It didn't take much to convince my kids that what our little farm needs is a few goats. They just spent some time with Laurie's kids.




I was sold on the idea when we tasted some of Laurie's goat cheese, and drank some fresh goat milk. An hour after Jude drank the goat milk, he reported that he had no bloating, cramps, or gas. This is the kid who hasn't had dairy since he turned two. To say I'm thrilled would be understating my excitement.

As if these faces aren't enough to convince anyone of the charms of goats...

Now we're on the lookout now for a couple of does of our own. Store-bought, pasteurized goats milk tastes...well, kind of goaty. Fresh from the goat, however, it is sweet and mild.
What's not to love? Time to start reinforcing fences.

16 comments:

  1. Hi there, Those goats are incredibly sweet looking. Interesting what you say about milk fresh from the goat. I have never tried it fresh from the goat and I've also found the store variety too goaty for my liking. Now, I shall have to find a goat and try some fresh milk! Really love your header too!

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  2. I imagine it's the raw factor that allowed Jude to drink it with ease. I say, Go for it! Dave's dad is always talking about getting goats for milk but hasn't yet gotten around to it. I think he is waiting for us to move in and do the milking;)

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  3. I love that this post starts with, "I felt curious about goats the other day..."

    Ha ha. Good luck with your new endeavour - I'm sure it will be great! How awesome that Jude can drink the milk, too! That's huge!

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    1. I was thinking all those same things :)
      -Jaime

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  4. That is so exciting! I"ll be watching closely to see how you get on. I'm really interested in adding goats to our farm but my other half isn't so keen due to the escapology elements! I just really fancy the idea of goat milk and cheese and animals that are smaller than me : )

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  5. Fun times ahead - wow what a beautiful spot!

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  6. One of my favorite photos is of our daughter (then 6, now 33) drying a newborn goat in the bathroom. You had a wonderful day, didn't you?

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  7. Eldest has been pushing for us to get goats too. Keeps finding them online and tries to convince me. She's also tried to convince me to get emus. And rabbits. And miniature horses. And silkies. And on it goes. But I want alpacas, darn it.

    We sure would love to come and visit *your* goats!

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  8. Can't wait to see the does when you find them. It sounds like they will be perfect for you and the family, especially wonderful for Jude!

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  9. Wow, looks like such a fun day!!! Beautiful pictures.

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  10. Have you ever read "Goat Song" by Brad Kessler? It is the most beautiful book I've ever read, and I've been wanting to raise goats ever since....someday :)

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  11. Oh, yes! You most definitely need goats. They're wonderful!
    -Jaime

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  12. oh, that looks like such a fun day!!

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  13. Oh I am so looking forward to more goat posts. We are moving soon and have 2 goats on our list.
    xoxo

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  14. Exciting! I can't wait to hear more of the goat-y saga. If I wasn't already quite overwhelmed by the idea of keeping four children alive past the toddler years, I would be wanting some of my own.

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