2017 FLOCKing Opportunity

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F.L.O.C.K. Program

Farm Lovers Opportunity to Care for Kids

*Do you enjoy farm animals but don’t have the land, time or knowledge to have your own?
*Does the sight of a baby animal warm your heart?
*Would you like to bottle feed kids and learn about their care?

Then we have an opportunity for you!  Learn about spring on a dairy farm first hand. Join a team of farm lovers who will welcome the babies of 2017 to Mountain Lodge Farm. All training will be provided, no experience necessary.  Children over 10 welcome with a parent or sibling over 18.

On-farm training session is required for new F.L.O.C.K.ers  You will need to be able to commit at least 2 partial days per month for at least 2 months.

Goat kids will arrive early February through the end of March, so we’ll need help bottle-feeding babies from February through May.

Email  Sherwin@mountainlodgefarm.com for more information

 

 

Upcoming Events at the Farm

Open Houses on the Farm 2017

Join us for our open house:

Saturday, July 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm

Bring the grandparents, bring the kids, bring the neighbor’s kids and come visit with our new kids, taste cheese and tour the barn.

It’s a free and fun event.

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Come On Over…

These events are open to the public and are a great way to learn more about our animals, cheeses, and to ask questions about farm life.

Come tour our barns, peek inside our creamery, taste cheese and soak up the beautiful scenery.

Be sure to wear appropriate closed-toe footwear with which you can step into a shallow sanitation bath.  Bring layers, friends, kiddos and prepare for a fun day at our little corner of paradise.

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Cheese Classes!

Check back here for more dates as they become available.

We’re opening up the Farmhouse Kitchens again for our popular cheese-making classes. Each will cover Core Home Cheese-Making Skills and feature one style of cheese. We will make the cheese, tour the farm, nosh on cheese and accoutrements, and send you home with your homemade cheese and materials.

 

>>>>Click here to sign up for our cheese-making class.<<<<

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Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival

Festival logoThis Saturday, September 27, we will be showcased at the Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival alongside other regional  cheesemakers. Come see us at the Festival, sample our cheeses, and talk cheese with Sherwin, Meghan, and Lindsay!

If you’ve been waiting impatiently for Wonderland to ripen, this is your chance to snap some up before the general public. We’ll be sampling (and selling) Wonderland, Glacier, and Tipsoo.

Find out more information about the Festival and buy your tickets here. We hope to see you there!

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Top 3 Ways to Know it’s Rutting Season

1. The does are irresistibly drawn to the buck fence line.

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2. It’s getting pretty stinky around here.

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And…

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3. The bucks want to lick you.

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Animal of the Week: Morgan

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As you drive up to Mountain Lodge Farm, Morgan will likely come loping to the fence to meet you, while loudly announcing your arrival to the rest of the farm. Morgan is a gorgeous Great Pyranees/Anatolian cross, who shares goat guard duty with Briar the dog and Penny the llama. She lives full time with the herd of does, protecting them against coyotes, mountain lions, and anything sneaking around at night.

Though initially suspicious of newcomers, or anything non-goat in the barn at night, Morgan will be won over quickly if you pet her ears and scratch her chin. She spends a lot of time with her buddy Briar, who is older and wiser than she. They can often be seen mock-fighting in the yard. When we take the goats on browse walks, Morgan and Briar accompany us up the ridge, and nudge their noses under our arms so we have to hug them. They are so soft and fluffy with such beseeching brown eyes that we want to hug them all the time, but since they are working dogs we have to limit the amount of attention we give them so they focus on doing their jobs.

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April Farm Event

 

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Pirate’s new best friend!

April Farm Event

Thanks to all who visited!

Saturday was our April Farm Event, and we had impressive crowds despite the springtime rain and chill. Kids were cuddled. Lambs gamboled. Cheese was tasted and procured. Our thanks to everyone who made this such a fun event!

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Want to know more about fun events like this? ‘Like‘ us on facebook or sign up for our newsletter through our Contact page!

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If you have any fun photos from the Farm Event, feel free to tag Mountain Lodge Farm or share them on our facebook page!

Kidding Season 2014

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Kidding season is one of anticipation, excitement, and vigilance. We watch our does for signs of impending birth: Are udders filling? Are ligaments present? Do goats seem more affectionate than usual? Sometimes despite our careful observation, the quiet of the barn is broken by a shout of “Nose and toes! I see nose and toes!” and we have to hustle a goat into a kidding pen before she gives birth.

We love the surprises of kidding season. What colors and sizes of kids will emerge from a breeding? How many kids is a particularly large mama carrying? Sometimes we don’t see what is right in front of our eyes. Our unbred doe, Leibshen, whom we thought was just a singularly plump goat, surprised us by giving birth to four healthy kids, including our smallest baby to date, a tiny black doe named Yoda, weighing in at 1 pound, 9 ounces. Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Leibshen! And… who’s the daddy??

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This kidding season we have 72 does bred. Our does average 2.7 kids, which means we could have almost 200 kids underfoot by mid-May! At the end of March, our kid count is already at 101. That’s a lot of kids! We’ll definitely be selling some goats this year, so contact us at info@mountainlodgefarm.com if you are interested.

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October is American Cheese Month!

It’s time to celebrate American Cheese! No, not that plastic square of pasteurized process cheese food, silly! We’re talking farmstead, stinky, gooey, blue-veiny, hand-crafted, sharp, mild, award-winning, regional favorite, et al., Cheese Made in America!  The American Cheese Society designated this month for a few very important reasons: first, to recognize and raise awareness of the quality and diversity of American cheeses and second, to support and promote great cheese, local foods, family farms, traditional methods, and sustainable production models.

Mountain Lodge Farm is celebrating with events all over town, including a farm event and cheese class right here in Eatonville. We hope you can make it to one of our events – if not, make sure you eat a big wedge of American Cheese for the cause!

Follow along on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCheeseMonth
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July Open House

July Open House

Spend a Saturday in the Country

Date: Saturday, July 13th
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon on the farm! All of our regularly scheduled cheese tastings, barn tours and petting pens will be a part of the event fun. We also  have special activities planned and guests attending this exciting outing! First of all, we invite all visitors to bring a picnic and blanket to have lunch at our designated lawn areas and tables.

Special wine and dessert guests, Salida and Ice Cream Social, will be here to offer samples of their delicious goods. With Salida’s wine bar in Yelm and Ice Cream Social’s home base in Tacoma, this is a great opportunity to taste wine from Washington-grown grapes and hand-crafted ice cream from locally sourced ingredients.

How to get here!

** Use code 4120 to enter the gated community and continue on toward our farm. **

June Open House

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Join us for the June open house at Mountain Lodge Farm!

The event will be held:

Saturday, June 8 from 12:00 – 2:00

Open House events welcome you to meet the animals, tour barns and peek into our new creamery.Come breathe in the fresh country air and witness the beauty of this lush area. You can also taste fresh cheeses and purchase some to take home with you. 

Click the following link to access directions – HOW TO GET HERE             Gate Code: 4120

A note about open houses: Please wear closed-toe footwear you can dip into a shallow sanitation bath, and be prepared to wash your hands to help keep the animals healthy. Also, know that we gladly welcome all those interested in learning about the farm, but appreciate your efforts in bringing a group with a manageable adult to child ratio.