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"Summer" Newsletter 2011

Posted 9/23/2011 2:24pm by David Brunner & Rhonda Butler.

You know you're farming hard when your summer newsletter doesn't go out until the first day of fall!  Here's a belated update on the happenings at Asgaard Farm & Dairy this past season.


Premier: Small Farm Rising

Mountain Lake PBS presents Ben Stechschulte’s exciting new look at small farms in the Adirondacks, with a focus on Fledging Crow, Essex Farm and Asgaard Farm & Dairy.  The movie will premier on Saturday, October 1st at The Golden Arrow Resort in Lake Placid.  RSVP TODAY to attend the event, or catch the movie on PBS at 9 pm on October 6th or at the Willsboro Central School on November 12th under the auspices of the Champlain Valley Film Society.


We're Animal Welfare Approved!

It's official - we've been certified through Animal Welfare Approved for our goats, cows and laying hens.  The AWA program holds the farms it certifies to high standards for the humane treatment of animals.  We are very proud to be recognized for the quality of life we provide for our livestock and know our customers can tell the difference.  Check out AWA’s website for more information at www.animalwelfareapproved.org.


Goat Update

Here at Asgaard, we know that healthy goats make the best cheese, so we stop at nothing to ensure the wellness and happiness of our milking herd, which is largely a function of what the does eat.  Goats are browsers, so in addition to grazing them on our organic pastures, we take them into the woods every day to eat branches, bark and all sorts of leaves.  Just to take our efforts a step further, we worked with a livestock nutritionist this summer to create a custom organic grain blend for our girls when they come into the milking parlor.  This supplement is specifically designed to compliment the pasture and browse our goats consume, so they can have a totally balanced diet and produce the very best milk.


New Calves

Our herd of Devon, Red Angus, and Hereford beef cattle continues to grow with the arrival of 9 calves this season.  The addition of these cute little guys is all the more reason to come take a tour on either Thursday or Saturday at 1 pm.  Kids, especially, love to see the baby animals so feel free to bring any little ones along.


Au Sable Valley Tomme is ready!

Rounding out our selection of farmstead goat cheeses is the return of Au Sable Valley Tomme – an Alpine style cheese made with fresh, raw goat’s milk and aged a minimum of 60 days.  It has a natural, straw-colored rind and delicious nutty flavor.  Our tomme is lovely served on its own with either a soft Pinot Noir or a bright Riesling.  Furthermore, it’s guaranteed to make your mac ‘n’ cheese elegant and unforgettable!


Meat Season Approaches

As the summer season comes to a close, we can heartily enjoy the fruits of our labors, including lots of delicious, pasture-raised meat.  We still have two more batches of chickens to harvest, one on September 29th and the last at the end of October.  Contact us to reserve your broilers, as we will not have chickens available again until June.  However, the first pork from our heritage-breed pigs will be coming back from the butcher at the beginning of next month.  We worked very hard to ensure our pigs had everything they could desire: meals of sprouted wheat (grown here on the farm) mixed with whey from the creamery, mud-pits to lounge in and huge parts of the woods to root up (although every so often the pigs managed to escape their fences and take a stroll down to visit the neighbors).  The payoff will be exceptional pork, which will be for sale during our store hours here at the farm.  In addition, as we did last year, we will be offering a winter meat CSA beginning this January.  Monthly shares will consist of pork, 100% grass-fed and finished beef, chevon, and pastured eggs.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more specific information in the next couple of months, but if you know you definitely want a share, send us an email since space is limited and it will be first come, first served.


Rent the Emerson House

If you’ve come to take a tour this summer, you may have gotten to see the red house adjacent to the back pasture with stunning mountain views.  Known as “The Emerson House,” this beautifully restored 1930s farmhouse will be available for weekend and short-term rentals beginning November 1st.  If you have friends or family coming to visit for the holidays, consider putting them up here.  They will not only enjoy comfortable accommodations in a gorgeous setting, they will also get to experience a real working farm.  It will be an unforgettable vacation!  Email farmstay@asgaardfarm.com for more details.


Last Farmer’s Markets

The farmers market season is coming to a close, with the Au Sable Forks market already ended and Keene Valley, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake concluding on October 9th, October 12th and October 15th, respectively.    However, your chances for getting farm-fresh food are far from over.  The Lake Placid market will resume on Saturday, October 22nd inside the LPCA annex and will continue through December 17th.  In addition, our farm store will remain open on Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm all year round.


Thanks to everyone who made this summer great!

We had quite a busy and successful summer, which we never could have survived without the assistance of some wonderful interns and hired hands.  Although they have left us in order to return to school, both Garth Benway and Trevor Sheehan were a tremendous help, and we are fortunate to have Jenna Burgess, Claire Dilworth, and Caleb Ducharme on board until the end of the year.  We couldn’t have accomplished all that we did this season without the efforts of these awesome, hard-working people.  We also couldn’t have made it through endless hours in the creamery making cheese, or on the tractor getting up hay, or in the barn mucking out pens, or bent over the garden pulling weeds without the support of our customers!  Thanks for your ongoing commitment to local agriculture - we hope it’s as fun and delicious for you as it is for us!

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