Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Three more Yummy cheese flavors ready!

Today we packaged three more cheeses for you to try.. and WOW.. YUM!

Block 15 is CHIVE and GARLIC cheddar

A fairly heavy garlic flavor with onion undertones in a nice soft cheese. This would be great with salads or to accompany heavier flavored meals.

Block 16 is ONION and SAGE cheddar

This is a softer onion flavor with a hint of sage to brighten it. Very appetizing as a stand alone flavored cheese. Not too heavy to be enjoyed solo.

Block 17 is VANILLA BLUEBERRY cheddar

WOW, this is nice. Hunter calls it "muffin cheese" because the flavor and texture reminds him of eating a fresh blueberry muffin. It is extra soft cheddar, with a tart flavor balanced with a medium strong vanilla flavor and bits of real blueberries. What a flavor experience! This one is a GREAT dessert cheese for after dinner or snack.

All of these cheeses are raw, aged over 60 days with natural rinds, vacuumed sealed for freshness into 5 ounce wedges.

If you havent tried the Sprouts Goat Milk Cheese, now is the time. 6 new flavors added just this week! Please do NOT compare these to normal goat cheese. There is NO hint of that goaty flavor in these. Just pure white bright cheddar flavor that is pleasing to the pallet as well as the senses.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Introducing Natural Rind Cheese

We decided to stop waxing the cheese blocks for aging, and instead age it the more natural way. The new cheese now have a natural rind on the outside, dry and hard for the outside 1/8 inch.  This process allows the cheese to age totally differently, with natural molds.  This gives a deeper, much more complex flavor all through the block.

You can eat the rind itself, but if your sensitive to mold, we recommend cutting it off and not eating it.  If you remove the rind, you have a perfect clean complex cheese.

You can tell these new cheese easily through the clear vacuum seal packages we place the cheese in.

Give these a try! Let us know what you think.

Three new cheese flavors available.. and one flop

Today was packaging more cheese blocks.  The "fun" flavors we toyed with are aged sufficiently now so lets explore!

The three that came out YUM are:

Cinnamon Raisin

  • Nice dessert cheese... light cinnamon flavor with real raisins mixed in. Lightly tart flavor.

Italian Herb

  • Great for salads! This is a mix of cheddar with rosemary, basil and thyme. Bright herb flavor in a semi soft cheese

Cayenne Pepper

  • Here's a fun one! Tart cheddar with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for a bright medium hot flavor

All of these cheese are an A+, but one didnt make the cut.  We tried a cherry pineapple cheddar and ... well... no. That one wont be for sale. The pineapples came out so bitter I couldnt begin to enjoy it. And the texture was off from the amount of dried fruit holding moisture within the cheese curds. The pigs will be enjoying this particular recipe!

These cheese are available immediately in the online store!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

3rd annual Pear Picking Day is done... but there are more pears!

We finished our official pear picking day today, harvesting another 3000 lbs of pears for animal feed.

First we want to say a big heart felt thank you to all that came out and participated!

The good news is.. there are still plenty of pears to harvest this year. We will be planning a couple of  shorter evening trips this week, in hopes of harvesting another 3000 lbs before they all fall on the ground.  IF your interested, contact us ASAP!

First Family Pear Harvest a Fabulous Success!

Yesterday we did a "test" pear harvest to see how much is available on the trees at "our" orchard this year. WOW!  There is .. a lot!

Our family (only adding Grandma and Uncle Bradley) was able to harvest 3000 lbs of ripe but not overripe organic pears in just under 4 hours. YES.. four hours for three thousand pounds!

And we had a ball doing it!

The best news is, that doesnt even touch the pears available. A wild guess is that this is maybe 5% of what is on the trees still.

So.. if you can come out.. tomorrow (sunday sept 14) is the day! All customers are invited to come out and pick, keeping what you want as your reward.  If your interested, call us !

Here are some pics of the "test harvest"

Looking like a nice harvest

Wow, nice!

Thats pretty high up for the little guy!

Now this is the way!

Grab it Ollie!

Hunter's always ready 

Kaelyn found a shady pear pickup spot

Look at the size of these that Levi found!

Yum! Break time!
Kaelyn shows Ollie the ropes...

Reach Everett, Reach!
And of course Uncle Bradley!

Rainforest pears??

Grandma gets some pointers from Ollie

Here Grandma, it goes in the bucket

Hunter seems to have found the goathead bush! Where are those shoes???

Pears Pears Everywhere!

Who's that man in the hat?

Would you believe a game of "catch the mushy pear" ?

Dont miss!
Life is good when you can have fun just anywhere
Attack Hunter!

Mommy and Ollie just keep picking
Now this cant be good... slipped off the ramps on loading...
Always something.. can the truck pull it off?

Its Working... sort of...

....... You might be a redneck.....

Physics... do rednecks use that?  A jack to crank up a jack to crank up the end of the trailer to release the ramp stuck under the bumper? Dont try this at home!
Ok, so end of the day.. only minor damage. Lets move on! 
Here is the day's load... 3 hours of picking to get 3000 lbs
Time to feed some pigs!

What do you think Ollie?

Recycling! an old freezer as a pear storage / fermenting spot!