CHEESE MAKING CLASS
Come to Maple Leaf Farm and learn how to make dairy products like chevre, feta cheese, and yogurt! We have been making chevre, which is a soft spreadable cheese that you can add fresh herbs, dried cranberries, pecans, or other yummy foods to! It tastes great, it’s nutritional, and can be eaten as a snack or served as an hors d’oeuvre. Everyone in the class tries something a little different, so it’s fun to taste everyone’s cheeses, and it gives you a great idea of what kind of cheese you will want to make when you get home. You will take home a sample of the cheese that you make so you can let your family try what you made. We also do some things with feta cheese. It is also a great way to sample the yogurt. We have been adding my homemade strawberry jam, honey, and other great-tasting ingredients to the yogurt. I will send you home with lots of recipes for you to try.
Everyone is learning a lot (including me) and having a great time, don’t forget to invite a friend, too! (The basic ingredients that you need to make cheese will be available to buy that day. Bring your own containers if you want goat’s milk. Lots of recipes, limited space – so register early!
Cost: $50.00 (includes lunch)
Register by phone or email. If you have 5 or 6 people interested in taking a class together, please let me know and we can arrange a date!
GOAT FARMING 101
Our last fall class was wonderful. Goats, goats and more goats. The weather was in our favor, a little chilly but we were able to spend lots of time in the barn and to be outside. Classes were held inside so we had access to a table so we could take tons of notes.
We learned a lot about the different breeds of goats at Maple Leaf Farm! We have Nubian, Saanan, Alpines and some that are part Toggenberg. We are planning on getting some Nigerian dwarfs before the spring class. The breeds are so different form each other and we did an experiment and had everyone taste the different milk. We were amazed that they each had a slightly different taste. It was fun to see which milk came from which breed and which one everyone liked the best. We learned a lot about nutrition, trimmed hooves, and learned how to pick out the right goat for each of us. We cover managing your herd, breeding, kidding, medical problems, milking, tattooing, paper work and record keeping. We will spend more time on kidding in the spring as I have babies due around the first of the month. We will also spend a lot of time on baby care as there should be LOTS of babies around here by then. We have 21 does bred for spring 🙂 We built lasting friendships with those that were here. Everyone tried milking and did an awesome job.
Fall class: October 7th & 8th, 2017. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 10a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost is $125.00 per person and $75.00 for a spouse or significant other
(includes lunch on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday).
Register by phone or email. Please remember to dress according to season, Michigan weather is unpredictable and we spend a lot of time outside playing with goats!
Goat Farming 201
Fall class: TBA
Cost: $125 each and $75 for a spouse or significant other. (Lunch is included both days and breakfast on Sunday.)
If you have taken Goat Farming 101 class at any time you are invited to take our 201 class. This class will be more in depth on breeding, birthing, kid care, feeding and diseases. We have people take 101 and say okay now I want to learn more.