Off island trip to Edaleen Dairy and St. John Creamery

Marcia St. John and i have wanted to learn how to do our own, on-farm testing of our raw milk before sale, not just wait for the state to do it once a month. She got us an appointment with Edaleen Dairy(a large processor, kinda like dairy gold)where we could watch them test their milk in a lab.  This turned out be a very quick and simple process, which i knew, but i just had to see all the parts in the physical and ask a few questions.

The WSDA tests our milk once a month for overall coliforms, somatic cells, antibiotic and  other drug residues, and of course the pathogens.  I never thought i would say this, but i’m happy there is going to be a food lab here on lopez because i can use it.  I’ll need an incubator and some growth squares and then i can be extra sure the milk we are sending out is clean.

After the visit up in Bellingham i asked Marcia if i could come down and see her farm, St John Creamery in Lake Stevens.  She and i talked goats and natural remedies to some of the goat health issues we all have to deal with from time to time.  So i pushed back my ferry reservation(which i ended up missing), went to see her herd of 100+ Oberhasli goats and ended up buying two 4 day old doelings for our 2017 milkers.  They are so sweet, the breed that is.  Very mellow.  We have Alpines, and they are a rough bunch.  I told Marcia i might phase out of Alpines in to Oberhaslis.

Kidding Season

April has been an exciting month for us on the farm!  Besides 21 new baby goat kids, we welcome our new baby girl, Ada LeClair Entermann.  The milk is beginning to flow and the second batch of chevre is in the vat.

Here are a couple of events where you will be able to purchase our cheese:

-The Little Spring Market at Sunnyfield Farm:  Saturday, April 25 from 10 am – 1 pm (Yes, this is the same day as Tour de Lopez)

-The Lamb, Wool and Goat Festival: Saturday, May 9 from 10 am – 3 pm at Lopez Island Center for Community and the Arts.

If you want to get raw milk this season, please contact us by calling 360-468-2764.