Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fodder finally working nicely

Is been a lot of trial and error,  but finally the fodder a produced nice green carpet!  The trick is fill and drain...  Just like the sprouting system.  Quick full to submerge the grain,  then slow drain to give it air,  and repeat every so many hours.

Here are some pics of a few days under the new moveable system.  One more day should do it perfectly. 

And here is a closeup

We pulled out one track to test it,  came out almost perfect.  And WOW did those pigs enjoy it!

Now we can build a few more for a daily feeding of fresh fodder!  

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Lactose Intolerant? You might still enjoy Raw Goat Cheese

So many people today are lactose intolerant to varying degrees. This often means a life of avoiding many of hte wonderfully tasty foods others enjoy. BUT.. cheese does not have to be one of them!

Goat cheese, especially RAW goat cheese, is usually totally fine for people that are lactose intolerant. There are two reasons for this wonderful phenomena.

First, Goat milk is much easier to digest than cows milk. Goat milk is naturally homogenized, which means it is much easier and quicker to digest, thereby causing less if any irritation.  The cheese made from goat milk inherits this quality and is also much easier to digest.  So  lactose intolerant people can usually drink goats milk as well as enjoy goat cheeses without worry.

Second, RAW cheeses are special. Raw cheese are aged for a minimum of 60 days, often longer (we usually wait 90 days before going to market with a block).  During this aging time the cheese continues a slow fermentation process that turns the lactose into the wonderfully sharp flavor of cheese.  By the end of 60 to 90 days, most of the lactose is gone! Non-Raw cheese may or may not be aged this long and thereby may or may not contain lactose.

So, there are two good reasons to try raw goat cheese, even if you are unable to enjoy dairy products normally.  but wait.. there's more!....

Flavor! our raw goat cheese is NOTHING like any goat cheese you have ever tried. There is no notion of "goat" in the flavor of this cheese. It has a pure cheese flavor, in a nicely white block of cheese. Most people that try our cheese are shocked to discover it is goat! There are lots of reasons for this, but the bottom line here is.. it does not taste like goat cheese!

So give our cheese a try! you might be pleasantly surprised and open up a new world of healthy flavors for yourself :)

Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Festival

Keep October 4th open on your calendar! That is the day for this year's Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Festival, and Little Sprouts will be there all day giving out free samples of our new foods! (especially the flavored and smoked cheeses!) So if you havent had a chance to try our wide variety of new foods, be sure to stop by and spend some time finding your favorites!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Raisin and Nutmeg Cheese! WOW

Here is a real flavor experience. We just put into the store, available immediately for sale, a new flavor.. Raisin and nutmeg Cheddar. YUM!

As you taste this cheese, the cheddar is mild and dry, with a hint of sweetness from the real raisin chunks. Then the nutmeg builds in the background to give a pleasant blast of christmasy nutty flavor.  A truly unique experience!

There are now 11 different flavors of cheddar cheese available for purchase!  If your dont know which ones to try, sign up for our Cheese club and just float through them all! for only $15 per delivery (every 2 weeks) you get a full 5 ounce block of 2 different cheese!

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.