Saturday, June 23, 2012

Farmers Markets Biodiversity

Here is a very well-written post about a topic I have been espousing for years!!!  Yes folks, we are making ourselves sick with the food/sanitizer/antibiotic fanaticism.  Too good not to share.
Add A Little Dirt to Our Diet

So go ahead, grow your own food, shop at your local markets, go outside, open a window, pet an animal...... I'm not saying eat unsanitary foods.  Just use some common sense.  We all know you cannot legislate common sense.  Take back our good food practices.
Gothberg Farms Dinner Prep from Home Garden

Gothberg Farms Garden Food
OK, so not grocery store perfect.  Still mighty good eating!

Gothberg Farms Career Women
Producing Real Milk and Real Cheese

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

29 Ways to Love Chèvre

Gothberg Farms Chèvre with Figs and Honey

Welcome First Day of Summer!!!!  And nothing says Summer is here like fresh from the goat farm Chèvre!

Here is a guest blog post from Chez LouLou "28 Reasons to Love Fromage de Chèvre".    She lists some excellent ideas and recipes.  Have fun with this one!!  We just had to add #29 with the Fig and Honey because it is also a favorite here.

We are in full chèvre production mode right now, so find us, and start enjoying our Summer Bounty.

Let us know your favorite ways to enjoy this fabulously versatile cheese.  We love hearing from you all.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

'Man-Food' Cheese & Meat Board for Father's Day

The men in this house do love cured meats.  They also enjoy cheeses (good thing, eh?).  It's no secret that Roy likes stronger cheeses and meats, so I set out to accommodate that preference for Father's Day.
Cheese & Charcuterie for Father's Day 2012
Here is my brief review of the selections: (as viewed left to right)

Fra'Mani meat- Roy's favorite.  Nice flavor, very natural tasting.

Salumi Spicy Paprika-always a favorite here.  Just a little kick, pairs well with almost anything chosen in this house.

Salumi Mole-Love the spices in this one-mole, cinnamon, very nice flavor combos.  Always a favorite here too.

Rogue River Blue-Lovely presentation, favorite of the husband.  Too much 'bite' for me.  I was not tempted to lick the knife I cut it with.  Husband ate every last morsel.

Pecorino Toscano-lovely little sheeps' milk cheese.  Sweetly pungent with a nice dry texture.  Paired nicely with everything, including the beer.

Mt. Townsend Campfire-Smooth, creamy, nice subtle tang.  The smoke flavor is just enough, but not overpowering.

Gothberg Farms Chiva Chipotle (Chipotle Cheddar)-Nice blend of the pepper with the sweetness of the cheese.  The smoky pepper flavor is subtle and lingers a bit with each bite.

Gothberg Farms Caprino Romano-A surprising hit on the board.  Sweet, subtle flavor but not shy.  Our Romano never gets very 'dry' as our rich, creamy milk just likes to stay that way.

Gothberg Farms Woman of LaMancha-This is a favorite across any board.  Possibly our 'strongest' cheese-raw milk, aged over a year, with a rind cured with olive oil and Smoked Spanish Paprika.  As beautiful to look at as it is to enjoy.

Gothberg Farms 4 Year Gouda-Another husband favorite.  Our sweet, creamy gouda with a bit of sharpness.  In fact, a bit too sharp for the makers taste, but a favorite of many.

All the above paired quite nicely with Maibock from Boundary Bay Brewery.

The dinner of smoked pork ribs, goat chops, potato salad, and chèvre stuffed jalapeños wrapped in prosciutto then grilled followed.

We elected to skip the dessert.  Naps won out.

The meats and Campfire were from our beloved Slough Foods in Edison.

The Rogue River and Pecorino Toscano were from Metropolitan Market in Seattle.

The bread was of course from the Breadfarm.

And I loved serving on my own handmade board of re-cycled lumber.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mario Batali Features Our Chèvre!

Clouds of Goodness
Gothberg Farms Fresh Chèvre 
Well known Chef Mario Batali cooked up another fantastic recipe on ABC TV series The Chew.  He uses OUR fresh chèvre!  We are pretty excited about this.  I've been using his recipes for years (I have him installed on my iPhone as an app with great regional Italian cooking recipes & education).  Our beloved employee, Debbie literally danced around the farm all day yesterday as he is her All-Time Favorite Iron Chef.

Here is the link to the video and printed recipe.  It truly showcases the Pacific Northwest great foods.  Very excited to make this one!
Mario Batali & Gothberg Farms Fresh Chèvre

We are further honored to have Bellingham KOMO News give us a shout out and also highlight one of our local Farmers Markets.  Thanks Bellingham KOMO!
Bellingham KOMO Mentions Gothberg Farms & Mario Batali

Thank you all for helping make us so proud of what we produce here. The utmost thanks belongs right here though:  Our magnificent LaMancha Dairy Goats!  Thanks Girls!  Extra rose bushes & blackberries for you today.

Working Moms of Gothberg Farms
If you live in NW Washington state, look for us at Seattle-area Metropolitan Markets, Bellingham Farmers Market, Everett Farmers Market, & Anacortes Farmers Market.  We are featured quite a few other places so check out our availability map above for a more complete listing.  Additions coming soon!
Beautiful Gothberg Farms Chèvre Ready for Markets
And if you are a chef, here is how you receive our chèvre.

Thank you all for your support over our almost 8 years of doing this!!!!