Today we will discuss how herd shares free you up to acquire foods deemed “unsafe” by the powers that be and how they work from the consumer standpoint.
Unloose the Goose Tonight at 7:30: Topic is Tokenization
Stump the Sauce
From Ali: Why are my pickles “soft”?
Context- I made pickles for the first time in 2020. I used fresh fresh cucumbers, followed all the directions to the T and now when I open them they’re all soft. But just my dills...not my mustard pickles or pickled beets. What gives?
What’s Up in the Garden
Main topic of the Show: A consumer view of herd share
The magical spring moment has arrived: I woke up to a text from a local goat farm asking if I wanted to be in the herd share program again this year. Starting next week, I will gain access to a gallon of fresh, raw goat’s milk every week until fall. That’s right - CHEESE season is on!
Last year, I was using it in my coffee but I find that I prefer to have a higher fat content in my coffee so this year, we will have goat cheddar, goat moz, goat parm, feta, chevre and more. I hope to eliminate the need to even bother with buying cheese at the store by just making cheese all the time here.
Last year, when the stores were totally out of dairy, I had milk every week and was not worried about running out because I had an established relationship with the farmer.
Last year, I did not have to breed and milk my own goats.
Last year was a good year because herd sharing is an option in Tennessee. Here is the consumer perspective of herd sharing.
Now is the time to look around your community and see what resources are available to you whether you want premiums meats and eggs, awesome vegetables or raw, local milk. Cottage food laws are a great place to start and some states have better options than others. It is worthwhile to spend a rainy afternoon learning about your state’s laws and finding those spaces where you can add stability and know your food source - plus the quality can be seen and there is nothing like truly fresh foods.
What about you? What have your local food experiences been like?
Make it a great week!
GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce.