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faces of Cricket Creek

Hi all – Suzy here.  I wanted to take this blogging opportunity to share the various (gorgeous) faces of the farm.  I am grateful to work with some pretty spectacular people here at Cricket Creek.  Every day I feel lucky that I am surrounded by creative, hard-working, driven, and FUN folks.  What great people to spend my time with, to learn from and with.  Here’s a bit about each one of them.  If you stop by the farm, please say hi to them – I promise they are nice and will say “hi” back!

Mike – handy, adaptable, practical, kind, resourceful. pumps up flat tires in the parking lot without being asked, and doesn’t expect acknowledgement – he’s just that giving.  likes to problem solve.  is a paint expert, and what he doesn’t know, he definitely will find out.  drives a 25 year old station wagon with feathers, bark, and origami cranes on the dashboard.  before farming, he worked as a design drafter where he worked on steam turbine detail drawings.  last name is fox.

Casey – light-hearted, poised, imaginative, dynamic, positive.  has a boxer named Cudi who loves her dearly and yearns for her while she works.  she is from oklahoma and has lived in all sorts of states that I know little about.  has worked as a baker and concentrated on naturally leavened breads and specialty pastries.  carries a comfortable, upbeat demeanor with her.  knows the lyrics to any song that just happens to be playing.  has a readiness to learn and a lovely ease about her.

Paul – spirited, bold, devoted, earnest, giddy. studied art, and then realized his true love of cheese.  is a master cheese taster and describer.  dives in and takes initiative.  values education and taking on complex issues.  bonds with the tobasi late into the evening through wild molds, telepathy, and a roaring boom box.  sports a beard-net in the creamery.  it is amazing to dance with him – especially if there is a hula hoop involved.  has been described as part hobbit.  he knows more than he lets on.

Jamie – dedicated, ambitious, consistent, meticulous, attentive. she is famous ’round these parts – famous, and very well respected.  known for her lip-smacking baked goods and her kind eyes.  she can tell chickens apart with more accuracy than anyone I know.  has a vast apron collection.  likes to plan ahead.  she gives every question or issue her full consideration.  is the loving caregiver of a mule, a horse, a large dog, and a royal flock of fowl, including some very sexy roosters.

Nicole –  conscientious, driven, earnest, methodical, passionate.  spent some formative years in the pacific northwest, where she worked with the whole gamut of livestock.  was an exceptional mother to some weak little piglets here.  has an impressive commitment to health and wellness.  smiles very fully when discussing good food.  has a critical mind and a notable idealism.  has an openness to the world – absorbing theories, histories, practices.  you can tell she is on a quest – in a beautiful way. 

 

Matthew – deliberate, steady, industrious, sharp, humble.  has an amazing laugh – hearty and gentle.  inspires me to work harder.  has a strong ethical conscience.  doesn’t let on his critical artistic judgement.  likes to hang out with the dairy cows at night, and sleep outside when it’s cool.  primary form of communication with the dairy cows is whistling, which they respond to exceptionally well.  hates clichés and historical inaccuracies.  has an extensive knowledge of political, agricultural, and geographical history – but never flaunts.  when he isn’t feeding, moving, or milking animals, he is likely oiling his leather boots, cooking up something delectable, sharpening knives, reading, or drinking his daily gallon of milk.  

Jenni – thorough, dependable, cultured, diligent, mature.  worked in the event planning industry for a decade before diving into cheese.  seems to have lots of connections to important people.  finds creative solutions to even the smallest issues.  goes to see all the stars at tanglewood, where she recently overcame her fear of E.T. she exudes mental clarity, sincerity, and sophistication.  doesn’t judge, is very accepting.  she has an admirable focus while working, and sees tasks through to completion.  has a calming presence.
 
Topher – perceptive, patient, eloquent, thoughtful, charismatic.  will go out of his way for you.  looks you in the eyes.  incredibly analytical.  has a special affinity for spreadsheets, meaningful calculations, and googledocs.  his playfulness is infectious and subtle humor brings a lightness to the farm.  empowers others.  is a phenomenal listener – won’t ever cut you off.  apparently has a record-breaking collection of costumes, but doesn’t wear them as much as he probably should.  you can tell his whereabouts by his dented orange water bottle.

Jude – worldly, maternal, sophisticated, sociable, generous.  is unbelievably giving.
has lived on multiple continents, and has so many stories to tell – all of which she tells with affection and immense inner light.  she truly comes alive to music.  if you start singin’, you can count on her to sing along.  probably never imagined her life would take this turn, and she would become the proud owner of a place as successful, dynamic, and important as Cricket Creek Farm.  Thank you Jude!

FAT

written by Nicole Warren 

At the farmer’s market every week, I get customers that ask me about FAT, and want to know the fat content of our cheese. Fat is a word that, in this society,  has received a bad reputation. It is a misunderstood building block to life, in which all living things are made up of and rely on for nourishment.

In the creamery, we pull over the milk after the morning milking and start heating it in our vat. There is nothing done to it between that process. The pure raw whole milk from cows that are grazed on rapidly growing grass contains every essential vitamin and mineral in an easily absorbable form. The milk of grass-fed animals are rich in good fats, notably, omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to reduce blood pressure, improve heart health, support a health mind for both function and a balanced mental state, and helps improve the body’s defense against fight cancer, balance hormones, and improve energy and stamina (Enig, 1999). These fats are absorbed into the body and utilized for energy, support adrenals and hormone production, and fat is utilized in almost every organ function in the body.  The good fats found in grass-fed meat and dairy are not stored, but instead utilized. Consuming a lot of these animal fats prevents cancer, arthritis, supports the immune system response, heals the gut, and prevents mineral deficiencies, which are the root cause to degenerative diseases and mental imbalances.

Fats are essential for the proper absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and all minerals. When we consume fat with minerals, the absorption is slow and steady, which also keeps you full longer. In our raw milk, cheese, and butter from our pasture-raised cows, there are high amounts of Vitamin A, D, E and K as well as varying amounts of all essential minerals.  In traditional societies that consumed dairy, butter, cheese, and seasonal milk was prized so highly for its nutrient content that is was given primarily to expecting mothers, nursing mothers, and children. 

We make full-fat cheese, by which I mean we use whole milk fresh from the cow to make Maggie’s round, Tobasi, Cricket Creek Fresh and Berkshire Bloom. We allow our cheeses to age out and form a natural rind that we take care of in the aging rooms. Our cheese are made by hand and we are making them with the intention of nourishing our community. If you are ever in the area, we make cheese in the mornings on Monday, Tuesday, and Fridays and Wednesday we make butter. Stop by and take a look in the cheese room! We welcome you to watch our process.

As far as fat goes, I eat as much animal fats from our farm as possible – cream, butter, lard, tallow, egg yolks, cheese, and yoghurt. It sustains me all day long. I trust what the cow has to offer over what the industrial food system is producing. It has only been within a few generations that this mindset has changed, but the traditions of food are alive and well here on the farm. 

For More Resources on good information on fats, check out these two websites: 

Weston A Price Foundation, Real Milk

 Or these great books:

Nourishing Traditions by Fallon & Enig, Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient by McLagan, The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook by Hayes, Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Enig, Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia by Campbell-McBride

Glass Milk Bottles!

After years of discussing the possibility, we finally have glass milk bottles at Cricket Creek Farm.

Our new glass milk bottles.

There are several reasons to use glass – the main one being that glass bottles are reusable. We go through a lot of plastic jugs.

Glass also looks great, and is a big part of the history of dairy production.

Initially glass bottles will only be available to members of our new winter CSA. Glass provides some logistical challenges for us. They are heavy and bulky, and after being washed need to be stored in a sanitary and accessible space. At this point we do not have the facilities to accomodate the many hundreds of bottles needed for all our customers.

Our hope is to transition entirely to glass over the next six months, but it will require some creativity and possibly new construction. So for the time being we can get going on a more limited basis with the CSA.

Our new bottle on the left next to a vintage Cricket Creek Farm quart bottle from 40+ years ago.

The cap for the new bottles. All the state required warnings are here.

Raw milk update

Unfortunately we are still unable to sell raw milk. We are currently waiting for a state inspection to make sure everything is set to go. It looks like the earliest that will happen is next Tuesday,

We will put the word out as soon as we are are up and running again!