some of the beautiful ladies who will be producing goats milk for our products

poor Big Allie is molting




the new girls

another newbie
The days are gradually getting colder.  Our pellet stove is finally running 24 hours a day - something we haven't experienced since early last Spring.

Well, we lost another chick.  We adopted eleven 10 week old chicks just over a week ago and have lost 2 now.  Fingers crossed the rest will remain healthy.  This is the risk in bringing in birds from someone else's flock.  Sometimes they may come with illness, and other times they may pick up an illness from combining with your existing flock.  You just never know.  The hope, of course, is that they will be healthy enough to fight off whatever is ailing them.  Unfortunately, that wasn't so for these two sweet girls.

The majority of our coop is in full molt.  There are feathers everywhere!  We are down to 2 eggs every other day because of both the molt and the minimal sunshine.  We don't turn a light on for egg production in the winter - we just use what we naturally get.  Coop Girls Annaliese and Caylie won't molt this year because they are too young so we're hoping they begin laying in the next few weeks.

We found a local farm willing to sell us goat's milk for our Apothecary products.  We are so excited!  We visited the beautiful herd on Saturday.  It was a chilly but beautiful day - perfect for meeting a herd of 50+ goats, as well as numerous chickens, roosters, cats and cows.  We were definitely in our element.

While we currently make only 1 goat's milk soap, we have plans to add this super-moisturizing milk to a few more bars.  And did you know that goat's milk soap is fantastic for all skin types but particularly beneficial for those with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis?

Today was farmer's market day.  It was another amazing day, sales wise, for us.  We enjoy it immensely - there are more than 50 vendors selling just about anything you can imagine {prepared food, jams/jellies, wine, milk, honey, ice cream, juice, apples, veggies, pickles, whiskey, baked goods, dog treats, coffee, tea, hand-woven baskets, dried florals, and, of course, our products!}.  It's crazy-busy and full of good energy from the vendors, customers and musicians.  Needless to say I get as much shopping done as I do selling.  :)

On the menu this week:  Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs with Creamy Risotto and Broccoli; Baked Chicken with Stuffing and Squash; Chili-Mac {homemade chili over elbow pasta with a sprinkling of cheese}; Blackened Tilapia with Rice and Roasted Butter Carrots; Spicy Glazed Pork Tenderloin {glazed with Pepper Jelly} with Homefries and Sauteed Citrus Brussel Sprouts; and Creamy Chicken Casserole with Salad featuring Roasted Squash, Pumpkin Seeds and Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend!

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gypsyelves said...

We used to buy a goat's milk lotion, it was the best thing for our poor dry cracked hands. If you ever make that, I'll be first in line to buy that! Loved it, loved the way it worked!

Sarah said...

Staci- do you ever to a clove or a spice soap? Kier & I both have horrible eczema and the cold is just making it worse :(

daisy g said...

So sorry to hear about your two sweet girls. Prayers for the rest of them...

I'm so excited for you and your new goat partnership! So many good things happening for you, and you deserve every one.

Your market sounds amazing! So much good stuff to choose from, why would one need to shop anywhere else? ;0)

Michaele said...

Wonderful photos. The new girls look so healthy. I hope the rest of them fair well. Congratulations on finding fresh goats milk. Add a little ground oatmeal and you have a wonderful bar for sensitive skin!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Judy - great to know goats milk based lotion has worked so well for you in the past! I can't wait to start experimenting. :)

Sarah - yes, our Pumpkin Chai includes real pumpkin puree and a "chai" blend of essential oils including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and a touch of vanilla.

Thank you Daisy. And you are so right about the market!!

Thanks Michaele! We've already done that with our Oats, Goats & Honey bar. :)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I love the goat's eyes. They are so pretty!
Hope your chicks are doing well. I know how hard that can be.