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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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  • Goat Soap for a Dirty World

    Simple Sustainability Clean, healthy skin Here at Quarter Spring Farm we strive to grow good, all-natural food for ourselves and our friends and neighbors in Middle Tennessee. We live on a 64 acre homestead in rural Liberty, TN, which is about 60 miles east of Nashville. We raise chickens, sheep, and veggies to eat, and we keep goats for milk and entertainment. We are always experimenting with new projects to make us more food independent, including everything from honey bees to shiitake mushrooms. Our methods are ecologically conscious and sustainable, and we are always trying to improve our relationships with the land and our community . We think industrial farming is not healthy for anyone involved: from the producer to the consumer to the plant or animal being so unnaturally grown. So we came out here to live a better alternative. ​ We first got into goats as a source for milk and cheese. But we quickly learned that goats are rowdy and entertaining, just like us. We started experimenting with making goat's milk soap several years ago. Now we make all sorts of eco-friendly, goat-derived beauty products. ​ Why did we chose soap? Click here. ​ We usually have chicken, goat's milk soap, eggs, and ducks to sell. Come see us at the farmer's market on the square in Murfreesboro or contact us if you're interested. Don't be shy; ask if you want to come visit . We love showing off the animals and talking about farming (and everything else). - JB and Heather Bradley

  • Meet the Goats | Quarter Spring Farm

    Meet the Goats We currently have 30 goats in the herd. 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 was the first matriarch of our herd. She gave us lots of beautiful girls over the years and tons of milk for soap making!! 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 over half of our herd has her genetics. Even though she never went on a hike, Babs was always a leader. 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. Chudo "Pee-pee" Jaxton Chudo had one heck of an interesting start to his life. His mom, Wren, is a first time mother. She came in with the herd one evening with a bad cut over her eye, another one on her ear, and was obviously no longer pregnant. We thought maybe something had happened and she had miscarried. We were sad, but just figured that’s how things go sometimes. The next morning, Heather was up in the high pasture checking on the goats. She kept hearing a baby goat cry, and thought that maybe one of the babies had gotten lost from the herd. She looked and looked, but it seemed like all of the babies were with their moms. Suddenly, a lone, skinny baby boy came running up towards her. It was Chudo. We still don’t know what happened to his mom to make her leave him the night before. Maybe a dog spooked her or she got upset because it was her first time giving birth. But somehow or another, little Chudo survived the night and found us the next day. Chudo is Russian for miracle, and he is definitely a little miracle for surviving such a rough beginning Now he stays in the house with us and is a bottle baby. When he is a little bigger, we will train him to be a pack goat. He was quickly adopted by one of our TikTok friends and given the name Jaxton. But we all call him little pee-pee for reasons that are obvious if you have ever had a house goat. We sure are glad he survived and joined the herd. 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 "Roony Tunes" Ziggy started out as a house goat. He had a pretty rough beginning 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 got to be his primary caretakers and feeders for the next 3 months. Being a house goat certainly gave Zigs a strong attachment to us humans. Sometimes he tries to follow us home when we go visit the herd in the afternoon. Even if he doesn't come inside anymore, he sure is spoiled. Just like the rest of them. Marley "Perfect" Marley is adorable. She is stout and chunky, but curious and energetic as well. She 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! Marley sometimes has to wear the "Stick of Shame" across her horns. This keeps her from getting her head stuck in fences, a lamentable practice at which she excels. Even though she can't seem to stay out of trouble, Marley is one of our favorites. In fact, she is JB's #1 favorite. He calls her Perfect, which has gone to her head. Now she bullies the smaller goats every chance that she gets. Shame on you, Perfect!

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