Sunday, 18 September 2011

Flora does it again!

Well, there you go.  It would seem that Flora Goat has indeed undergone some kind of personality change ... midway through milking again last night and this morning she appeared at the gate.  Stood her ground amongst a pile of young upstarts jostling for position and then sauntered up the ramp to be first in the milking line again.  Well done Flora!

Wye Market was a little quieter than usual on Saturday morning, possibly due to the weather as the heavens opened several times throughout the morning, leaving many customers soaking wet.  But a decent morning's trading was had by myself and Jane (Cheesemakers of Canterbury)  and, as usual, I returned home with armfuls of delicious cakes (Penny's Sweets), pizza (Enzo's Bakery) and organic free range eggs (Woodpecker Farm).  My customer was delighted with her goat meat and is looking forward to doing lots of interesting dishes with it.  At some point in the future, I would love to compile an Ellie's Dairy Recipe Book and publish all the recipes from our milk, cheese and meat customers. 

This was Jane and myself at Wye Market last winter.  Note the large padded coats and silly hat!  Essential for winter markets.

Highlight of the market was Helen from Faversham Soaps bringing over my sample bars of goat's milk soap.  Our previous soapmaker has moved to Yorkshire and so I was delighted to discover Helen when she joined Wye Market recently.  She has made the first test batch of soaps and I have to say that they look and smell absolutely fabulous!  We have 3 types, all of which use our milk as a base - Spiced, Lavender and Honey & Oat.  The Honey and Oat uses local honey from Sevington near Ashford and I am hoping to use lavender buds and oil from the fabulous lavender farm at Castle Farm at Shoreham near Sevenoaks.  Helen has given some bars out to her soap testing panel and I passed a couple of bars on to customers yesterday for them to try.  There's going to be a lot of washing going on this week!!

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