Homemade Goat Milk Cajeta

Homemade Goat Milk Cajeta :: Faulk Farmstead

Cajeta:  Sweetened, caramelized goat's milk   In our home, we love all things caramel-related.  Caramel ice cream, caramel in our coffee, SALTED CARAMEL.   So I'm sure you can imagine, when I set out to find new things to do with our fresh goat's milk, I was slightly stoked to learn of cajeta.  Ok, ok.  There was nothing slight about it.  Freaking thrilled is more like it.   My mind instantly started to wander into caramel-land as I imagined all of the things I would put on it. Or simply the spoon I would eat it off of...   Goat Milk Cajeta   2 1/2 quarts fresh goat's milk 2 1/2 cups sugar (I use this kind) 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstartch 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon … [Continue]

Cooking with Pastured Poultry: Liver Paté

Cooking with Pastured Poultry: Liver & Sage Pate :: Faulk Farmstead

  Two months ago, we harvested our first flock of meat chickens.  Sure, we had butchered our share of ill-behaved roosters in the past, but this time was different.  We're talking premeditated harvesting here.   For several months, we lovingly raised 20 Freedom Rangers to provide meat for our family.   We cared well for them, giving them a happy, full life.   When the time came to harvest them, we took a moment to give thanks to what those chickens were about to provide to us.   We thankfully had a friend come over to help us that day - With the three of us armed and ready to go, we split up the duties...   During this process, my job was the evisceration table.  Yep.  My duty was the cleaning-out of … [Continue]

Missing, But Not Gone… Gearing Up for Fair!

Gearing up for Fair :: Faulk Farmstead

It's OK, folks. . I did NOT drop off the face of the Earth. . What HAS been happening?  LIFE.  Plain and simple. . Aside from the summertime busy-ness of the homestead, we have been getting ready for something very exciting here:  The Little Homesteader is entering her first fair!  Tomorrow, we will be packing up Spartacus and heading to the Thurston County Fair - Next stop, the goat barn! . This was her first year in 4-H - specifically the pack-goat project - and what an experience it has been!  Not only has she learned more about goat care, but she has gained CONFIDENCE and DETERMINATION.  Seriously priceless, folks.   It has been truly a joy watching her spend her days training young Spartacus on a leash, … [Continue]

Exciting News to Share: Preserving Classes are Here!

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I am thrilled to announce that I am finally taking the leap and sharing with you all one of my passions: Preserving! This summer I will be hosting a jam-making class right here at the Faulk Farmstead!  I am thrilled to share this event with 6 awesome peeps! Click here to learn more (and register)!  (more after the ad - hop on over!) . If you can't make this one, not to worry - I have more fun classes in the making: - In a Pickle: easy pickles - cukes, peppers, veggies! - Salsa night! - Jam On! with a Buzz: Can you say Bourbon cherries? Or Whiskey figs?? - Seasonal: Applesauce (sweet & savory variations), holiday gift-making (syrups, winter compotes) - BONUS: hosting a winter preserve swap! . Click here to learn … [Continue]

Kids Chores on the Farmstead: A Guest Post from the Little Homesteader

Kids Chores on the Farmstead :: Faulk Farmstead

Today's post comes from my Little Homesteader.  When I thought about writing a post about how my 10-year-old can help out on the homestead, I thought to myself "Well hey, what better person to write this post than her?!"  She was more than happy to oblige and share a few words with all of you about her thoughts on helping with chores... . Homesteading is hard work, so I can't let my mom do it alone. Collecting eggs, milking the goats, and laundry is the easy stuff, but cleaning stalls, bathing animals, checking farmies for injuries and infections, and refilling the chicken feed for fermenting - well, that's another story. I try my best to do the things that I CAN get accomplished  with the time that I frequently have. I usually trim … [Continue]

How (Not) to Take a Farm Vacation

How (NOT) to Take a Farm Vacation :: Faulk Farmstead

This post was originally titled "How to Take a Farm Vacation."  And then I decided it probably should be titled "How NOT to Take a Farm Vacation" because things didn't  quite go as planned once we left our home state of Washington. . Let's go back a bit... . In preparation for leaving town, my little sister dutifully learned the ways of the farm.  Although she was already a pro at feeding the animals, putting them up at night, and collecting eggs, the milking of the goats was on our daily lesson plan.  I remembered when I first started milking Totes and her tiny little Nigerian Dwarfs teats.  It definitely took some technique development.  My goal as the farmsteader was to make this 10-day farm-sitting stint as easy for my … [Continue]