BLUE CREEK DAIRY FARM

Visits

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We got to visit many neighbors and friends during this last trip...
First, we returned to Spirited Rose Jerseys to see Jay and Michelle Lancaster. We hadn’t actually met Michelle before this, though, we had shared many emails! We got to see their new litter of mulefoot pigs! They had recently arrived, and their care schedule was quite demanding.
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We also go to see the Jerseys out in the field and at milking time.
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Michelle also walked us through how to make mozzarella cheese from fresh raw Jersey milk! Stacy and I have only worked with curd cheeses before, unlike the stretched-curd mozzarella. What really interested me was how you didn’t need a starter culture, just citric acid and rennet…so the mozzarella really is the flavor of the milk!

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Thanks, Jay and Michelle!!!

We also got to visit our friends Kat and Monte Moore near Deer Park. Kat was nice enough to give us some very basic lessons in harnessing a draft horse.
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And then she let us on the stone boat to teach us more about basic driving.

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It was so nice to have such a patient teacher give us basic information. They have both suggested the Doc Hammill classes in Eureka, MT (http://dochammill.com/). We are planning to go to one next summer. Virginia did get one of his DVDs for her birthday…we are such hopeless farmers if that is what we ask for our birthday!

Both Kat and Monte are amazing artists! Monte has been working on glass for the windows in the milk wagon they are restoring (to use at art shows).
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He’s also been working with the local grade school on an entry window inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night in which all children (and employees) have a chance to add pieces of glass:
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Kat continues all her artwork, but also branched out into face painting this year! We saw her at work at the fair in Colville.

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Speaking of the fair, we enjoyed the agricultural-centered fair…no midway, no sketchy-rides-of-death. Mostly animals and fair food and antique tractors.
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The milking parlor in the dairy barn.
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Cow judging!
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This was a very interesting cross between a white park (owner referred to as wild white) and a Jersey.

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Red Power!!!

All in all, we had a whirlwind time visiting friends and neighbors!