Monday, October 31, 2011

Treats & Eats Sunday

Sunday evening was a fun and special time.  We Gothberg Girls (ok, us and a few others) got together here at the farm for a night of cheese and get together.  The invitation was to come of course, but everyone was to bring a cheese and something to accompany it.  We sure ended up with a diverse and delicious collection.  This was a fun way to try and learn some new cheeses. The accompaniments were pretty great too.  I hope we repeat this one some day.
A Feast of Cheese

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Farm Stand Open October 29th-Christmas

Most of you  know we don't have an actual "Farm Store" but more like a farm stand on a limited & seasonal basis.  This is due to the nature of  farm work, especially on such a small farm as ours.  The goats are milked twice each day & their health & well-being are assessed & evaluated many times a day.  Cheese is made 4-5 days a week, with cheese/cheese room/cheese ageing duties 7 days a week.  Add in packing, wrapping, marketing, distribution, farmers markets.....I think you are probably getting a general idea.  We just don't have the "free" time to make it happen any more often.

That said, we do love it when we get to be open.  It is a good time to find our cheese off-season from most of the farmers markets, but more than anything it is a good time to come talk about the farm in a more relaxed atmosphere.  You get to see the goats (but not touch them).  You are able to ask us any questions you may have.

Our hours are 10am-2pm.  We have considered going to 4pm, but that starts to push almost to milking time.  We will see what your response is this year and reevaluate if need be.

So, plan your "Edison loop" this weekend and stop by.  Also in our area is Samish Bay Cheese (organic cow), Golden Glen Creamery (cow),  Slough Foods (awesome Mediterranean grocery store), Breadfarm (OK, just the best!), a host of eateries, and of course some of the most beautiful farm scenery just about anywhere.

Special orders gladly accepted.  We are happy to assist you with your cheese serving ideas and party plans with CHEESE!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wine Wednesday 3

The weather in the Pacific Northwest has gone from late summer, to cool, sunny & crisp, to "coastal mist" cooler & gray-in about 12 hours. We are running  high 40's to 50's each day-not my favorite season would be putting it mildly.  We have already hit the 30's & our day length is shortened by over 5 hours a day already. UGH!  I know what is just around the corner, and I don't just mean kidding season.  So, with this change in the weather, I could not resist tonight's choice of wine "Weather Report" from Peter's Cellars in Mattawa, WA.  We had the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is a ripe, plush Cab.  The tannins are soft and smooth. It is a very approachable wine, yet full-bodied.  It is easily drinkable, enjoyable, and was able to carry some pretty diverse and delicious flavors as well.  I am very pleased with this value priced wine.  It is available at Slough Food in Edison WA.
Caerphilly, Ewephoria, Salumi, & Breadfarm too!
But of course, the wine alone does not do justice to the #winewednesday.  We do have our personal favorites we like to pair with.  Tonight's choices with this wine are: our own Gothberg Farms goats' milk Caerphilly, just sharp enough to add character.  We matched it up with Ewephoria, a most delightful, sweet, almost dessert-like sheeps' milk gouda from Friesland, Holland.  The two were a great compliment.  We added in a little charcuterie from Salumi Meats in Seattle.  For this match we chose the spicy paprika blend.  The paprika added just the right amount of spunk for this wine which carried all of them beautifully.  Breadfarm baguette was the perfect accompaniment for all.  A few Marcona almonds from Spain-and dinner was pretty much complete at appetizer!!!

And how lucky are we here in Bow/Edison?? The wine, meat, almonds, Ewephoria-all from our beloved Slough Food.  Then, right next door, the Breadfarm. And the Caerphilly, right from our own cheese cooler.  Come check us all out!!!  Great tastes await.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wine & Cheese Tasting November 5, 2011

Save the Date!  Program your phone reminders!  Mark your calendars!

November 5, 2011

2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Cost: TBA (but it will be very reasonable)

We are having our first wine and cheese tasting with our friends at Purple Smile Wines in Bellingham.  This is sure to be lots of fun and a great introduction to more great wines and incredible cheeses.  There will be about 7 wines to choose among and 5-6 of our goat cheeses.  UMMMMM............

So head on out that day to the Farmers Market, do you shopping for the week, and top off the day with a visit to your favorite local wine shop.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wine Wednesday 2

Whoa Nellie!!!  This week has outdone itself!!!  Absolutely everything was awesome! And easy!

We started with a great Fall afternoon treat.  I sliced Breadfarm baguette on the diagonal and sprinkled it with our Goats' Milk Cheddar (I grated it, slices may have been better, and certainly easier).  I topped that with sliced, peeled apples from my own tree and thinly sliced beets from my own garden.  I topped that with a bit more of our Cheddar.  Then I baked it at 350-400 degrees til browned on top. This was really tasty and was so representative of Fall here on the goat farm.
The Prep
The Pre-Cook

Oh Yum! Baked & Done.

And then for the wine selection.  Tonight we chose Purple Star Syrah 2008 from the Columbia Valley, WA.  This wine is full bodied & slightly spicy.  It brings to mind soft, ripe fruit (so what is not to love about that?).  It is a very friendly, drinkable, enjoyable Syrah.  And an even greater bonus to be had!  15% of proceeds of this wine go to Seattle Children's Hospital uncompensated care fund. I have 3-5 really good reasons for this to be appreciated.  So go on over to our beloved John at Slough Food and try this one!
And I am sure you know by now Purple will always win with us!!!

And then, with nice wine and delicious treats, dinner evolved.
This was Eggplant Parmesan (our own from Gothberg Farms of course!), broccoli from our garden, beans & eggplant from the farmers market.   Yes indeed it was a good food evening.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wine Wednesday

After several mild suggestions to add recipes to our pages, I have decided to take another approach.  I do love to cook, I do love to share recipes.  But let's face it, that takes a significant time commitment.  I'm good for that, but not so much right now.  It did start me thinking about what I might really enjoy pursuing and sharing here.  Inspired by the Twitter folks, here is my less than professional opinion on wines, cheeses, beers, ciders, charcuterie, and all things associated that I enjoy.  I will make an effort here to be "regular" in posting a #WineWednesday enjoyment.  Cheeses will naturally have a focus on our cheeses, but will certainly not be exclusive.  I enjoy many cheeses, not just ours.  Most of the wines will come from our neighbors store, Slough Foods.  There will likely be occasional deviations, but always locally accessible and often locally produced.

Enough of the background thoughts.  On with our first selection.  For the wine, Alianca Vinho Verde.  This is a light, crisp white wine from Portugal.  It is a perfect summer wine.  I just discovered this gem this summer and am having it tonight as a final toast to the summer that almost wasn't.  I am not ready for it to end, but with flannel shirt on for milking tonight, I must concede.  This wine pairs beautifully with fresh cracked crab, fresh oysters, and our chevre.  It is lovely with fresh garden tomatoes, chives, & cucumbers.  I highly recommend Taylor Shellfish Farms for your shellfish desires.  Pair the shellfish with the chevre, the wine, and a hunk of crusty Breadfarm bread, and life is just pretty dang good!  This wine is also a great value, so go see John at Slough Foods and toast one last glass to summer!