Dairy Goddess has MOOO-ved

DG-Logo-Milk&CheeseI have realized that many of my followers were still going to my old Blog site. This is my new one available right on my website.

I have to admit I am behind on posting on this blog site too. I plan on making a post though, very soon!

I have so much to share with you. Not only has my blog moved onto my website but my cows have moved to our new farm too. (Just up the road from our previous farm)

Why the move you ask? Well, we have made the decision to transition to Organic Farming. We are about half way there (It takes about 3 years to transition). We are really excited for our last half!

As you can imagine we have been so very busy with this move and transition so please be patient…I can’t wait to share with you all of our goings on.

My Mom always had a saying growing up…”The ones you love the most are the ones that often get neglected…” I feel that is so true with my Blog and it’s followers AKA “Godd-etts” I promise I am going to try to be better. I truly love blogging and I love each of you!

Have a “Dairy” Good Day!

Barbara AKA Dairy Goddess

Why Dairy Goddess Milk & Cheese Is So Heavenly

 

 

 

Happy Labor Day!

I am taking this holiday to catch up on some office work and work on some projects that I have neglected. I have been wanting to put together this processing temperature/timeline that my friend and distributor, Rolland Pacheco had put together on some regular paper by hand quite some time ago. I finally, (after quite of bit of time since I am not that great at Excel) I did it on this spread sheet. I love it!

Why is Dairy Goddess Milk so Heavenly….

-Our process takes 1 to 2 hours   – 4 Steps – Vat (lower temperature pasteurization) Non-Homogenization (The Way Nature Intended)

 

-The other’s  process takes 24 to 48 hours * 12 Steps * High Temperature * Homogenized

By any means I am not disparaging other milk out there but this is what makes us different and I wanted to share that with those that want their food like we do. Less processed, natural. Getting back to basics with how our food is processed and eating as fresh as possible.

DG Process Timeline

 

 

 

#CowCamp15 – Dairy Goddess Farms

Can it really be that my last post was in March and it was about my 1st Cheese Festival in Petaluma? Little did I know that that trip was going to be the sign I needed to pursue what I had been wanting to do for a long time!

I felt that I was truly being blessed with this sign. It was the last thing that Tony needed to get on board with it once and for all! We took the leap and lots of changes have happened since then!

I can not wait to share it with you all… but this week I am preparing a presentation for Cow Camp.
This is going to be a group of 50 4-H kids ranging in age from 8-18. My topic for the presentation is “Social Media & Interacting With Consumers”

I am very honored to have been asked to share this topic, it is one that I am very passionate about. I am in no way an expert, but I do use it everyday and feel that it is very important to tell “Our Story” and  to connect with consumers and give them a glimpse of where their food comes from.  I will do my best and sure hope to not disappoint these special campers! I hope that through this presentation I can recruit more AgVocates, and they too, can share their stories with all of those folks not blessed to have hands on experience with agriculture.

Shooting for my next post to this blog, I want to share with you, all of the changes happening here. I am thrilled to share with you, the birth of Dairy Goddess Farms!

As you know with any new venture there is a lot of hard work involved.  On top of that, adjusting to so many new things. I am happy to report that it is all is going very nicely and feel that this next chapter was totally meant to be….so please stay tuned! I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Cow

 

Dairy Goddesses 1st Cheese Festival

I can not believe it has been a whole week since the California Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma, California. This was the first time we had attended the festival and what a great event it was. It was very well organized with lots of participation from the very best in Cheese Makers, Cheesemonger’s and Chefs and of course Wineries. I have to admit I was a bit nervous going and being around such accomplished and experienced cheese makers. I still feel like such a baby cheese maker but everyone was very nice and welcoming.

On Friday we had some time to explore the beautiful area of Petaluma. Rolling hills and green pastures with beautiful cows all over the place.

Larry Peter's Owner of Petaluma Creamery and Spring Hill Jersey Cheese

Larry Peters- Owner of Petaluma Creamery and Spring Hill Jersey Cheese

We made a stop at the Petaluma Creamery Cheese Shop. I recommend if you are in the area to stop by. Good food and great cheese and ice cream. We were lucky enough to meet the owner Larry Peters. He is very nice and made sure we had a tour of his big beautiful plant.

On Friday night was the beginning of the festival festivities. “Cheesemongers’ Duel- The Best Bite”. This was the first year and it was very well received and a lot of fun! They had about 25 Cheesemongers’ competing for the title.

Cheesemonger's Duel The Best Bite

Cheesemongers’  Duel
The Best Bite

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Cheesemonger Line Up

 

Well I was certainly blessed to get Phyllis Heagney of Oliver’s Market of Cotati. Not only is she so very nice and fun but she is a gifted cheesemonger and baker. She was paired with my Naked Fromage Blanc. She baked the most delicious cracker topped with my cheese and then topped it with a candied orange (Yeah…she candied the orange herself) All I can say is AMAZING. Everyone must have thought so too because it voted the “Best Bite” of the night. That was so very exciting. A great way to start off my first festival.

Best Bite 2015

Best Bite 2015

Queen Cheesemonger  Phyllis Heagney

Queen Cheesemonger
Phyllis Heagney

And the winner is....

And the winner is….

On Saturday we started off our day exploring the beautiful hills with our good friend Tim Pedroza and his daughter Laura from Pedroza Dairy and Cheese

Bodega, CA They filmed the movie the Bird's here.

Bodega, CA
They filmed the movie the Bird’s here.

Then we were off to Valley Ford where we got to visit our good friends Karen Bianchi – Moreda of Valley Ford Cheese Company along with her wonderful family. We had a great tour of their dairy and cheese plant.

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We all then headed back for Saturday nights festivities. This was the Chef’s Best Bite Competition. The best Chef’s gathered and came up with some awesome bites. I was lucky to get with Chef Garrett Adair from Bistro 100 . He created a lovely French Toast bite with my Naked Fromage Blanc .

Chef Adair of Bistro 100

Chef Adair of Bistro 100

After all the great food and wine we had to check out the local watering hole Volpi’s ! What a fun night hanging out with our new friends and listening to the owner, John Volpi, play the accordion.

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We had a late night but we were ready for the last day of the festival,  The Market Place, where we got to set up to sample and sell our cheese, Cheese lovers from all over came to sip wine and sample the best of California cheeses.

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A very successful day… Our whole weekend was amazing. Got to see some old friends and meet many new ones.

Here are some of the other wonderful cheese makers that we got to see!

Brian Fiscalini

Brian Fiscalini

Fiscalini Cheese Company

Donna Pacheco

Donna Pacheco

Achadinha Cheese Company

Mary Matos

Mary Matos

Joe Matos Cheese Factory

All I can say is we can’t wait until next year!

 

Happy Ag Day 2015–so God made a Farmer

It has been an extremely busy day on the farm and at the plant but I didn’t want #AgDay2015 to pass without a mention from me. (It’s 11 06 pm so I am cutting it close).

In this terrible California drought and in a day and age that consumers are so very removed from the farm and knowing where their food comes from. I think that there is no better reminder than the words of Paul Harvey. It is my greatest hope that when people go to the grocery store they realize that it all begins with water, seeds, dirt and yep…a farmer. Happy Ag Day 2015

Paul Harvey ‘So God Made a Farmer Speech’ to the FFA delivered November 1978, Kansas City, MO   (Click here for audio of the original speech)

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker”

–so God made a Farmer

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board”

— so God made a Farmer.

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild; somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies, then tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon — and mean it”

— so God made a Farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps; who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, and then pain’n from tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours”

— so God made a Farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds, and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place.

— so God made a Farmer.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark.”

It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners; somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church; somebody who would bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says that he wants to spend his life “doing what dad does”

— so God made a Farmer.

Cows and Valentine’s Day…Everyday!

Growing up on a dairy farm, holidays were very much the same. My mom always made a fuss over holidays but there was not any time off. Cows don’t celebrate holidays, so as in everyday, they must be milked, fed and cared for.

My dad was a very quiet man who loved his farm, animals and of course his family. My mother was his polar opposite. She of course loved the farm, animals and our family but she was very social. She loved to sing and embraced life. She loved people and I know that was exactly what my father loved about her.

True and real love was what they had and it didn’t need to be spoken and shown, you just felt it.

I would be in the barn with my dad, or in the kitchen as we prepared his thermos of coffee to take to the barn. I would mention that is was going to be Valentine’s Day (or whatever holiday coming up)  and he would say “Every day is Valentine’s Day” (the same for every holiday) !

It didn’t mean much to me when I was young. I just thought it was his way of getting out of going to the store in town. As I got older I thought about him saying that and realizing how very true that statement is.

I mean everyone loves a gift, a special treat or evening out but isn’t it really about how you live your life with that special someone that really matters. Having a true partnership and working together towards something bigger and better than both of you. Creating something beyond just yourself. After so many Valentines Days together (37 for Tony and I) the real gift is looking back and seeing what has been created together between the both of you, a business, our home, our children and their success. Seeing our Granddaughter Delilah…now that is the best gift ever.  None of those things would have been if it wasn’t for that “Everyday Valentine”.

Well, that what Valentine’s Day is for me.

Manuel & Linda Borges

Manuel & Linda Borges

Delilah's 1st Valentine's Day- 4 months old

Delilah’s 1st Valentine’s Day- 4 months old

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“Happy Valentine’s Day…..EVERYDAY”

A Year In The Life Of Dairy Goddess

Wow…here we are February 2015. I can not believe that my last post was on 4/29/14. I am so sorry that I have been away from my blog for so long. As I have said before, I love blogging. I believe that blogging gave me the confidence to start Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese and Milk. I never would believe that it would continue to grow and become what it has today. I am still running the dairy and Dairy Goddess. I am spread very thin and so the time for blogging has been difficult. 2014 was a great and exciting year. So many wonderful changes have blessed our life. I will break down the past year to get you up to speed.

January 2014 – After 2 months of marriage, my daughter Tara, also my right hand in running the daily business of Dairy Goddess found out that she and her husband Shane would be having a baby. My first grand child. I can not tell you the joy this brought to all of us. I was craving a new baby to bless us and the start of the 5th generation on our farm.

.Tara announces pregnancy

February 2014- We began making our California Style Curds in Plain and Seasoned. They are great as a snack and they melt beautifully and make a great addition to your favorite “cheesy” recipes.

March 2014- We began raising free range chickens! What started out as a hobby for Tony, he LOVES little chicks, actually any baby critter steals his heart. He kept bring home little chicks and we all know what happens…they grow up…. Dairy Goddess Farmstead Eggs was born…”We love’m like our Cows”

eggs in carton

April 2014- Tony and I celebrated our 31st Wedding Anniversary. We also found out the our 1st grandchild was going to be a GIRL!

Tara Baby Cake announcement

 

May 2014- We got our 3rd Refrigeration van, or as I like to call it…Chariot for Dairy Goddess to transport her goodness!

DG Van 3

June 2014- A.J. finds out that he was accepted as a transfer student for Veterinarian Medicine at Oklahoma State University. We were all so thrilled that he would be closer to home.  We knew at that moment that we would be able to go and visit which we did in October for OSU’s homecoming. What a blast that was and we were so lucky to get to go with my cousins, the Walton’s. Their son Brandon is completing his undergrad there.

OKC AJ OSU homecoming 2014

July 2014- Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese wins 1st place in the flavored-fresh cheese category  for our “Valley” (Peaches, Almonds, & Honey) Fromage Blanc, at the American Cheese Society Awards in Sacramento, CA. What an honor! To win among the many other great entries made us so very proud.

ACS Cheese Awards

August 2014- Dairy Goddess celebrated it’s 4th year in business.

September 2014- It was all hustle and bustle for Dairy Goddess as we prepared for Tara and Shane’s baby to arrive. Tara does so much for DG so we needed our ducks in a row. We were all getting so excited to meet Baby Girl Rodrigues!

October 2014- Finally on the 8th of October, God blessed us with our newest Little Goddess, Delilah Dolores Rodrigues. She was perfect. She completely stole our hearts and is the very center of our life.

Barbara and Delilah Hospital

November 2014- It was only a month after Delilah joined our clan but we had prepared and completed a 3rd Party Audit for Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese and Milk. It was a two day inspection to make sure we are doing everything possible to bring our customers the best quality products produced in compliance of the state and major store chains. We also decided to upgrade our website and invite you to take a look at it. We are very proud of how it turned out.

December 2014- I had made the tough decision to leave my Board of Director seat for the California Milk Advisory Board I loved serving the dairy farmers in California. It was important to me to be a voice for my fellow dairymen and to do my best to direct that our milk marketing dollars were being spent thoughtfully and assuring their hard earned money was being put to good use to market the milk that they produce. As Dairy Goddess has grown I realized that I would not be able to give 100 percent to that seat’s responsibility. We had a beautiful dinner and so many kind words were said and I truly felt appreciated for the 6 years that I had served.

CMAB apprecation certificate

January 2015- We started 2015 with a bang! We baptized our sweet Delilah and then were off to San Francisco for the Winter Fancy Food Show this is the largest food and beverage show on the West Coast. It was amazing and felt very successful. We could not believe how many fabulous products from around the world that were there and how large the show itself was. We were proud to be a part of it.

Fancy food show 2015

One of my New Years Resolutions is to blog more…I promise to work on that. I love sharing our life with you. I appreciate you taking the time to visit this blog and my website. I would love for you to like my Facebook Page too. That is a quick way to stay in touch with our latest shenanigans!

One last thought. We are still in a terrible drought here in California. We have had a bit of rain and hoping for a wet February. We ask for you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as all of Agriculture in California is suffering and if we do not get rain and also reform for water in this state it will affect us all. This drought is truly a crisis.

Cows and Babies...a couple of my favorite things!

Cows and Babies…a couple of my favorite things!

Our Littlest Goddess!

Our Littlest Goddess!