Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Let's Browse


Hubby has been wanting a drive to the mountains for a long time so when Mountain Lodge Farm bought our darling Northern Belle we offered to give her a ride to their farm.  Sunday was a beautiful day for a drive that was interrupted occasionally by the loud bleating of a baby who just left her momma. A big fat baby but a baby nonetheless.
To say Mountain Lodge Farm is beautiful is an understatement. For this goat farmer it was heaven on earth. Beautiful goats, beautiful barn, beautiful buildings. Again an understatement. 
One of their practices that is as old as time is their daily browse walks. This is what gives their cheeses the flavor of the land. I'd heard about the browse walks so was pretty pleased when standing in the goat pen Sherwin asked if we'd like to go on a walk. Of course. Out the back gate with two big guardian dogs and a whole bunch of goats we headed up the hill to browse. The leaf of choice seemed to be the crunchy maple leaves that are falling all over the place. The goats got right down to business and gobbled up the flora.
Standing on that hillside in the sun talking goats surrounded by goats and dogs...once again heaven on earth.
Sherwin gave us a tour of the farm that ended up in the cheese room where Cheesemaker Meghan is a master at making a delicious array of farmstead cheeses.We left with some Tipsoo, a creamy cheese made from a blend of goat and cow milk with a surprisingly cheesy taste. I loved it. We also tried Wonderland (I just love the name) which I also loved but gave a big slice to my foodie friend who said it was the best thing to pass through her lips....then started planning what wine to pair with it.

Northern Belle was settled in her stall and really seemed to be appreciating her new surroundings. I'd given her a talk as I drug her to the car. I told her she was going to a very nice place and would someday thank me for letting her go live at a big beautiful farm in the shadow of the mountain.


Speaking of the mountain......it wasn't open. Government shutdown and all.

11 comments:

petoskystone said...

Northern Belle! Did you stomp your feet!? What a lovely place! What breed of guardian dog do they use?

RANGER said...

Sounds as if you had a wonderful day even if the mountain was closed. Can you imaging telling an old-time frontiersman (or a goat) that the mountain isn't open? Yes, me too.

goat farming said...

What's the name of this goat? It's very beautiful.

goatgirl said...

Her name is MinterBay Northern Belle. And thank you very much!

Our photos said...

Lovely is your goats photos.
Greetings, RW & SK

Allie said...

Your goats are adorable and the cheese must have been a delight. Never realized that the "browsing" that goats do directly influence the cheese, but that makes perfect sense.

flannelfarms said...

Great blog. Love the stories and pictures!

Alex Lipinsky

Camille Lionne said...

You have some of the most beautiful goats I've ever seen!

Providence Acres Farm said...

Sounds wonderful! I love walking in the wilderness with the animals. Great pictures!

2andahalf-acres - Nicole said...

awwww she is so pretty! I got my first goat baby at the farm 11 days ago :D ♥

Jen said...

Great blog, I just got my goat enclosure set up this weekend. We are using old electrical spools as a little jungle gym.. I hope they enjoy it!