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Off to the Farm

Today is March 2nd and today, spring is in the air!  Even with Mt. Washington valley taking a winter beating last week, the snow is quickly melting and visions of sprouting plants fill the air.

Camille, myself, and our roomie Daniel headed out to one of favorite farms to go purchase some colostrum!  The Chester Eastman Homestead is nestled along side the gentle mountain slopes of Chatham, NH.  A small family farm, the owners raise nearly 12 jersey cows for milk, cream, and butter.  The coop is thriving with dozens of eggs being produced on a daily basis.  In the warmer months, 2 plots of land produce organic produce like onions, potatoes, and a host of green vegetables and other New England staples.

Stealin a kiss from Vinny!

On Sunday one of the cows gave birth to a beautiful  blend of Angus  and Jersey.  At only 2 days old, the baby was bouncing around with cheerful energy and was very friendly.  We got quite a few petting sessions with the baby calf.  So Cute!!!

Camille pets Coco, the 2 day old Angus

What I loved about visiting the farm was that the farmer, Jean was so open to allow us to roam about the land and peak around.  She had nothing to hide and was very open to share the procedures of milking, and making butter.  Along with her husband Steve, we sat for a bit and chatted up about today’s current farming situation.  As always, stimulating conversation that always leads us back to wanting to further produce our own food.

Daniel hangs with Vinny!

Jean laughed as she described the cows getting upset if they didn’t have a fresh patch of grass to eat every day!  With all the factory farms feeding cows grains, it seems to be a rarity to allow cow to roam the pasture and eat as much grass as they desire.

Fully stocked up on colostrum, milk, cream , and eggs!

Another key bit of information came when we learned that dairy cows are bred to produce much more colostrum, then their newborn could possibly drink.  This is the opposite way for cows raised for meat, meaning they will produce just enough colostrum to feed their baby.  Coco, the newborn Angus bend was being fed up to 1 gallon a day, while the moma was producing nearly 20 pounds.  This meant that that the excess yellow gold colostrum would be available for our consumption and nutritional download!

Raw butter in traditional wooden molds

All in all, it was an educational, and quite meaningful day on the farm.  To be able to see where your food comes from is a very important factor in our lives.  We set out to seek the truth in the food production for our food consumption!

Bless

Franky

Chester Eastman Homestead

Route 113-1788 Main Road

Chatham, NH

694-3388

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Join us on our adventure as we deepen our love for each other and the environment.  Through this blog, we want to share our travels and experiences as we find local farms, forage and grow local foods, and meet really cool people along the way!