Monday, August 04, 2008

Nice Rack. And the Cheese Was Good, Too.

In some kind of sado-masochistic frenzy, I have been signing our little family on for farm tour events — in the blistering 95-105-degree heat.

This little excursion was up to a sheep farm an hour away. The farm was celebrating the launch of its cheese-making production. The event offered cheese tastings of fresh and aged cheeses. I was so busy eating, I forgot to photograph the cheese.

They also offered, seriously, RACKS of lamb. It's good to be ewe. If it isn't ewe, you end up on the grill. And, might I add, mighty tasty as well. A range of appetizers as well, using the cheeses, and for dessert, a dark chocolate selection that used the sheep's milk.

It was worth the trip to hear first hand the rather emotional greeting from the two women farmers. One gave up a medical career, risked her family's finances to begin an eight-year journey to this moment. A journey that began with only 10 sheep, milking them by hand, under a tent in the middle of the field.

The cheese is all-natural, with the ewes being fed 95 percent on grass. The farm will go 100% grassfed once the farmers have seeded the right mix of grasses in their pasture. Thus, sheep farming involves a fair bit of "grass farming" as well.


I guess if there is a price to pay for dragging your kid to farm tours and encouraging a palate, I paid for it on the way home.

From the backseat, "There's mud on my flip-flop!"

"That's okay, Honey. We'll clean them up at home."

"I'm tasting the mud!"

"Uh, no, we were at a SHEEP farm! That might not be mud. No tasting!"

Too late. For those who wish your three-year-old were a more adventurous eater, people, this is the other side. It ain't always pretty.

2 comments:

katiez said...

There'll never be another ewe...
Wow, that all looks fantastic!
One of my favorite things in Spain is getting a quarter of wood-roasted lamb.... Yours looks even better!

Rachel said...

ah, yes. The "omigod, that dark stuff ain't mud or chocolate" moment... Well, if Kiddo doesn't get sick, she'll have a great immune system from that!