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    • DIY Dish Scrubber

      We talk a lot about reusing- so we thought it was time to share a nifty little trick. It checks all boxes around here. This scrubber took me less than five minutes to make, start to finish. First you must save those mesh bags that produce comes in, such as, oranges, potatoes, avocados, etc. Remove the netting from your fruit purchase Cut the little metal pieces off the ends Fold it until it forms a small rectangle, and sew around the edge twice+ Use your new dish scrubber!

    • The Legend of the Four Thieves

      Gather round and listen well, To hear my sad and sordid tale When plague and pestilence ruled the land And four thieves made a daring plan They robbed the dead and dying men By creeping in their houses, then Relieving them of earthly wares While weakened by their sickly cares How did these thieves retain their health? While robbing others of their health? They made a potent oil and chose To smear it underneath the nose Eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon Add some clove, and some cinnamon Stir it up and mix it well To safeguard yourself with a smell. In times like these, of plague and fear With troubles coming, far and near An ancient recipe could serve To help us all regain our swerve Smell the Legend

    • Homesteader Recipe - Making your own mayo!

      If you are interested in removing as many processed foods as possible, then making your own mayo is a step in the right direction. This is the recipe we use here on the farm and it's really quite simple. Here's a little lesson about mayo before you dive in. 1. We use whole eggs instead of just egg yolks so you can skip separating the eggs. 2. Mustard — I know what you're thinking, but when it comes to making homemade mayonnaise mustard is sort of a magical ingredient. It's main purpose is to keep the mayonnaise stable. Along with the egg yolk, mustard helps emulsify the mixture, reducing the risk of our mayo breaking. Broken mayo is a pile of mayo soup, which can be fixed. Do not skip this ingredient. It is essential to the production of mayo. 3. Pick a neutral flavored oil — By neutral flavored oil, I mean use an oil that is light in flavor. Quite a bit of oil is added to make mayonnaise, so it’s important to like the flavor of the oil you use. For a clean tasting mayonnaise use something like grape seed, safflower, avocado or canola oil. I actually use a combination of grape seed and avocado oil, as the avocado oil can be strong on it's own. 4. Food Processor - VERY important. There are other ways, but this is by far the easiest. 5. Room temperature ingredients are best when making mayonnaise. If you’re not able to wait for the egg to come to room temperature, submerge it in lukewarm (not hot) water for a couple of minutes. 6. I double this recipe and it'll fill up a 20 ounce jar. Alrighty - enough will all that jibberish - let's jump in! Ingredient List: 1 large egg at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 1 Tablespoon red or white wine vinegar (champagne vinegar also works) 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste 1 cup (240 ml) neutral flavored oil, grapeseed, safflower or canola are best 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, optional Instructions: Step 1: Prepare your food processor. Plug that puppy in and choose the blade attachment. If you have multiple bowl sizes to choose from, choose the smaller bowl, unless you are doubling. Mine comes with one size and it works perfect. Step 2: Add 1 large egg to the bowl of your food processor and process for about 20 seconds. Step 3: Add 1/4 tsp of dry mustard, 1 TBS red or white wine vinegar, and 1/4 tsp kosher salt (table or sea salt will also work) then process for another 20 seconds. Step 4: VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Slowly add 1 c oil (I use 3/4 c grape seed & 1/4 c avocado), in tiny drops, until about a quarter of the oil has been added. Adding the oil slowly is really important. If you were to dump it all in at once, you’d have mayonnaise soup! TRICK TIP: My food processor comes with a cap to cover the shoot (hole the food goes down if you will), which happens to have a tiny hole in the in the cap AND it's PERFECT for controlling the oil. I can't tell you how much I hated pouring the oil SLOWLY until I figured out this little magic trick. Step 5: Once you've gone through about a 1/4 cup of dripping oil, you should notice your mayo has emulsified or thickened. If it has, you can now add the rest of the oil as a steady stream instead of drips. If it hasn't emulsified, keep dripping. Step 6: After all the oil is added and you have a nice thick and creamy mayo, add 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice and blend for a few seconds just to mix in. At this point, you can taste test your mayo and add more salt or lemon juice to your liking. How long does homemade mayonnaise last you say? As a good rule of thumb, homemade mayo will last as long as your eggs would have lasted. Assuming you keep it covered in the fridge and you're using fresh eggs, it can last several weeks. Some say a week or longer, depending on the freshness of your eggs. Our mayo lasts (my eggs are FRESH) as long as it takes us to eat up that delicious jar of mayo. We enjoy sandwiches on the farm and usually end up making a jar once a month or so. We have yet to throw out bad mayo. YOU can determine the shelf life by sniffing and dabbing your clean finger in for a taste test :).

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    • Meet the Goats | Quarter Spring Farm

      Meet the Goats We currently have 21 goats on our farm, with 8 females pregnant. Check back soon for more goat profiles. Dizzy Dizzy is almost 2 years old and an Oberhasli/Saanen cross. When we first met Dizzy, we had big plans for him to become our first pack goat. Unfortunately however, when he was 3 months old, my herd queen head butted him way too hard and injured his spine. Because of this injury, he can no longer walk in a straight line, and he will not be able to carry a pack for us. Lucky for him, he is super personable and has won a place in the herd as a freeloader. We have lots of those. Dizzy enjoys taking charge, especially at the hay feeder, where you will find him head butting the other goats until he is the only one snacking. Silly Dizzy! He’s a big, super sweet, cuddly teddy bear that loves scratches behind his ears. Read Dizzy's Goem: 'Dizzy' ​ Babs Babs is our matriarch of the herd and will be 8 years old this spring. She has given us lots of beautiful girls over the years and tons of milk for soap making!! We still have all of her girls on our farm to date! She is one of our biggest goat-lovers, always rubbing on me, looking for some pets, kisses and scratches. She’s just a sweet little angel, so kind and gentle. ​ She helped us get our feet wet, teaching us so much about how to care for goats. We’ve had lots of memorable experiences with her over the years and plan to put her in early retirement. She has certainly earned it! Here’s to Babs, our little lovable trail blazer! Read : Bab's Goems 'Babs' ‘What did you say?’ ‘A pensive goat’ ​ Margarita Margarita was born on Cinco de Mayo almost three years ago, hence her name. She is one of our most vocal goats, usually the first one to say hello in the morning. One thing she is known for, is making some good-looking kids. She just had her second set of twins, last month and they are incredibly cute! ​ A couple of things that sets Margarita apart from the others are, her sweet, floppy ears, her slight head tilt and sideways gait, which is especially cute when she’s running. That rumen, aka stomach, of hers is always filled and jiggling when she’s trotting in to feed her babies in the late afternoon. Here’s to Margarita, our beautiful baby maker! Read : Margarita's Goem 'Margarita' ​ Cleo Cleo is 4 years old and full of attitude. She is an attentive mother and is usually covered in dirt from letting her kids jump all over her like a trampoline. She may be sweet to her kids, but she doesn’t put up with any nonsense from the other goats or any of the dogs. As the biggest girl on the farm, she usually gets her way, especially around the hay buckets! She loves banana peels and back rubs, so be prepared if you come pay her a visit. Read : Cleo's Goem 'Birthday Goats' ​ Baby Queen Baby Queen, aka Khaleesi is one of the most spoiled and attention hungry goats on the farm. She was in the first group that trained to be pack goats, and she loves hiking. And snacking. In fact, when we take her for a hike, for the first 20 mins she has to snack nonstop before we can even attempt the trail. Baby queen shares a birthday with Heather on March 22, and has had 3 beautiful, bouncing, baby goats. Sometimes she eats so much in the summer that her stomach swells and she looks like a triangle from above. Rain Boots At first we were not planning on keeping Rain Boots. His size was promising, but his attitude was a little too timid and skittish. Fortunately for all of us, he has warmed up to humans and now has a place on our team. He is not yet the largest goat in our herd, but he is well on his way. Still slightly skittish at first, once he feels comfortable around you, Rain Boots can be super affectionate. Easy big fella! Holiday Holiday is one of our most loving goats. Whether she is mothering her babies (always born at or around Valentine’s Day) or nuzzling her humans, she is always affectionate. And for a 2 year old, she has grown an impressive goatee. Her kids are always as sweet as she is, which is why we chose Holiday to be July’s goat of the month. Sox Sox is such a trouble maker. We sold her to a friend. She got out so many times, and taught her goats so many bad habits, that our friend sold Sox back to us. So in honor of her wicked ways, and to welcome her back home, Sox is our August goat of the month. Elvis Meet Elvis. He is the only intact buck on the farm. All the does think he is a real hunka hunka burnin’ love. His favorite bumper sticker reads, “In spring I strut, in fall I rut.” And it’s fall, y’all. He has a special cologne that he uses to lure in the ladies, and this time of year he is ripe. So be thankful that we do not make a soap with his special scent, and tune in early next year during kidding season to see how good of a job he did. Todd Named for Mary Todd Lincoln, Todd was born on President's Day in 2020. We tried something new with Todd, and let him keep his boy parts longer than we usually do. We wanted to see if we could get him bigger than our pack goats usually get. We succeeded. At 8 months old, he is the same size as goats who are a year older. But he is as sweet as any of the little babies. And one cool side effect of our experiment is his superb goatee. Winston Last month this goat was named Marvin. Marvin got sick and it got worse fast. We didn’t think he was going to make it. But he is a determined young caprine. It took a lot of effort from Heather and a lot of willpower from the goat, but he got better. In honor of his resolve, determination, and general fighting spirit, we renamed him Winston. His namesake said, “Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.” True for goats and Englishmen. Banana Her given name is Chiquita, because of her small stature at birth. But don’t be fooled by her size, Banana has the heart and attitude of the biggest goat in the herd. She was picked on as a kid, so when the next year’s kids were born, she turned into a terrific bully. She always fights for her fodder, and won’t be pushed around by anybody. Although she is tough, Banana has shown great tenderness with her first kid, Margot. She is always talking to her and looking for her, especially when Margot is hiding underneath the hay feeder. She loves her little daughter so much that yesterday they went on a big adventure, exploring the neighbor's acres through a previously undetected break in the fence. Ziggy Stardust Ziggy is currently our house goat. He had a pretty rough start in life. He wouldn’t eat after he was born, so we got to learn how to tube feed a goat. And only two days after he was born, his mother died suddenly. Which means we get to be his primary caretakers and feeders for the next 3 months. So now Ziggy spends his days out with the herd and his nights by the stove with us. Margot Margot is adorable. She is stout and chunky, but curious and energetic as well. Margot bounces around during the day, always trying to get Ziggy to play with her. She loves to fall asleep under things in dark, warm spots like under the feeder or in the doghouse. She and Ziggy are learning all about how to be goats: eating grass, keeping up with the herd, and causing trouble!

    • Why we make soap | Quarter Spring Farm

      Why We Make Soap We purchased our farm so that we could grow what we eat. We also wanted to provide cleaner food choices for our friends and neighbors. We strongly believe industrial farming is horrible for your health and the environment. Maximizing profit might be great for shareholders, but it isn't always great for chickens. Or farmers. Or taste buds. We are open with our sustainable farming methods, and believe that by providing better alternatives we can make a positive impact. Our first farming experiences included meat chickens, egg chickens, and a massive organic garden. Shortly thereafter, we purchased our first two goats for dairy production and a small flock of sheep for meat. ​ Heather quickly fell in love with the goats. They are extremely personable animals that love attention. They also love causing mischief. Their outrageous antics have helped ease the daily struggles of farm life. Life on the farm is very emotional at times. We struggled initially with the loss of any animal, and sometimes on the farm animals die. But knowing that everything will pass has taught us to love more fiercely while we are here. And even though everything dies in the winter, it all comes back in the spring. ​ Soon the goat herd started to grow and take over all of our acres. We were surrounded by sweet, lovable animals that made our hearts smile. They also made our wallets lighter. It turns out goats are kind of picky eaters. And our goats demand only the highest quality hay. We quickly started researching ways to put all of that extra goat milk to good use. After extensive research, Heather fell in love with the idea of making goat milk lotion. She took a class, made some test batches, and quickly realized it wasn’t the right product for us to take all the way. Feeling a little defeated, she reluctantly decided to give goat milk soap a try. The positive feedback from our friends and family was overwhelming. Everyone loved the scents and the way that the soap made their skin feel. But what really sold us on soap was when some of our loved ones experienced relief from various skin conditions. Helping people? And playing with goats? Sign us up! ​

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