Well, poo. I am just terrible at keeping this “blog” up. But by way of excuses, we have been VERY busy. Here are some key milestones we’ve reached since I last posted.
January 4, 2008 – Our pasteurizer was delivered and installed. It is awesome. We had our dairy inspector out that same day and I am pleased to announce that the unit was inspected and accepted by the State of Texas. BIG, big milestone.
January 15, 2008 – We finished the kitchen! We finished putting up the food-grade walls, put in the sinks and appliances and we’re just a few shelving units shy of being totally stocked. It looks great. I’ll have to get photos up soon, and of course – you’ll be able to see it when we start tours.
February 8, 2008 – We got our manufactured foods license. This is the license needed to process cheese. Hooray! We’re legal!
February 16, 2008 – We got listed on Local Harvest. This is a wonderful website that helps put people in touch with farms and other small food providers in their area. We’ve already started getting some traffic from the site, which is great. If that’s how you found us, welcome! We can’t wait to meet you and sell you cheese. J
February 19, 2008 – Peggy Sue started off our kidding season with beautiful triplets. One has been sold and one more is spoken for, but we still have a doeling for sale. All kids this season will be listed on the “Goats for Sale” page.
Those are the biggies. We have four more does due to kid on March 9-10. It’ll be a couple weeks after that until we can get up to a meaningful production rate and start selling at the Farmers Markets. My best estimate is that we’ll be fully ready the last weekend in March.
We have not yet secured our spots at local markets, but it is our hope to do the Saturday Market at Onion Creek in the Houston Heights, and the Bayou City Farmers Market on Wednesdays in the Greenway area of Houston. When we finalize our plans, I will post it here and and on the “Contact Us” page, as well.
OK- I’ve got to bottle feed some babies. I’ll try to post again soon.