When we first bought the Beekman Farm, it was with the intention that we would make it biodynamic, meaning that everything that we use on the farm, is someone how derived from the farm. Crops become nourishment for us and the animals. Manure becomes fertilizer. Rain water becomes irrigation. Fallen branches become heat.
While becoming fully biodynamic will be an outcome years in the making, the decision to give goats the run of the Beekman land has certainly made the process more interesting. Who knew goat milk had so many amazing uses?
We first started making soap for our own use, then to give out to guests, and then for Christmas gifts. The demand became so great that Beekman 1802 was born.
Each fall, we stop milking the goats so that the cycle of life will continue.
And this week we welcomed the first five new arrivals of Spring ’09.
Say ‘hi’ to Thandy, Troy and Trudy. (Click here to watch a video of 2009’s first triplets) Keep your eye on our homepage for more birth announcements…They’re coming faster than we can blog.
With the freshening of the goats, the milk once again starts flowing, This means that we will finally get to make more fresh yogurt for breakfast. Learn more at HowToo
It also represents a new phase in the development of Beekman 1802. This summer we will launch Beekman 1802 Provisions, artisanal food products derived from the Beekman Farm. The first product will be our signature goat milk cajeta, (a rich Mexican caramel sauce). Can’tcha just taste it already?
But perhaps the provision we are most excited about is the cheese! We are preparing a savory, aromatic hard cheese as well as a washed-rind variety. But cheese, like great soap, is part science and part art. We’ll be sharing the development process (successes and failures) as the season progresses.