The weather is gorgeous, the kids are frolicking and all the clover fields are in bloom. Perfect for another Open Farm! Our farm is about 30min west of Portland. At this time of year it is a gorgeous drive, check out the clover fields and the Killin Wetlands along highway 6 on your way! There are also five wineries within 5 miles of our farm, visit Appoloni vineyards along highway 6 or David Hill and Schaefer vineyards along highway 8. Our Open Farm events are an opportunity for customers and chefs alike to see where the cheese comes from. You get to visit with the goats in our old red barn and check out our Rio Santiam aging away in its cave. We prepare cheesy refreshments for you and of course a cheese plate. The baby goats are always popular and there is a lovely walk down to our beaver pond through our pastures so bring your walking shoes!

On Sunday, we celebrated autumn with an Open Farm at the farmstead. Guests were taken on a walking tour of the property, checked out the cheese-making room, the milking parlor, and were accompanied by the goat herd on a walk to the pond. The WWOOFers (volunteer workers living on the farm) made tasty treats for our guests, including our famous POPOVERSserved with chevre. 

This was a first time visit for many of our guests, and most were amazed to find out the farm is located on an old Christmas tree farm. It's true! The goats roam pastures filled with overgrown Douglas Firs, climbing into the branches to eat tasty pine needles & strip bark from the bottom of the tree. This technique is called "girdling," and yes, it does eventually kill the tree. However, since Christamas trees are planted extremely close to each other with the intent of harvesting before they are too large, our forest of Douglas Firs is too dense to be healthy and we need the goats to do some thinning. Did you know that goats are often used for noxious weed control? In fact, they LOVE blackberries (despite the thorns) and will also keep poison oak at bay!  We noticed lots of our guests were interested in the diet of our goats so we thought it would be interesting to look at how similar & different they are to their hoofed relatives. Unlike cows and sheep, goats are capricious eaters (they are Capricorns after all) and will sample most things, realize they don’t like it, and move on. They do not graze, like cows, sheep, & horses-- they are browsers and prefer eating woody shrubs, vines, and even plants that are toxic to others. During milking, we feed our milking ladies grain while they are in the stanchions, all organic of course. They also get an alfalfa hay mix to supplement their foraging.  In the near future, we will be installing more fencing to start high-intensity rotational grazing to better mimic natural occurring processes found in the wild.

We have these open farm events every few months and plan on having another soon! Please come by and meet the goats that help create our beautiful cheese! Until then, enjoy some photos from the event! 

With the leaves changing color and the joyous need for a sweater & scarf, we could not think of a better way to spend the afternoon on the farm than by making our favorite treat- crisp, cloud-like popovers. Crowded around the oven, we wait for the golden puffs to emerge so we can devour them before they have had any time to cool. This is problematic since we are trying to bake enough for ourOPEN FARM this Sunday, October 4th- we seem to eat as many as we make!

Here on the farmstead we are huge fans of the buttery treat, but how about you? Lis, our Farmstead Owner & Herd Manager, has found a beautiful, well-seasoned popover pan and is offering this prized possession to the winner of a recipe contest. What recipe contest, you might ask? Send us your favorite rendition of our classic CHEVRE POPOVER RECIPE and we will give the winner a popover pan! Make them sweet with our plain Chèvre & honey, or make them savory with our herbed Chef’s BlendChèvre, shreaded Rio Santiam & mushrooms! They will taste better if you use Fraga Chèvre, of course! If you are interested in submitting recipes but do not own a popover pan just yet, use a muffin tin!

Send recipes & pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try the recipes for ourselves & decide upon a winner!