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!

 

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

Delilah Valentines 3 Delilah Valentines 1

 

 

 

“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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dairy Goddess Is “Culture-al”- Try This Eastern European Cheese Spread.

One thing I truly love about my business is all of the wonderful people that we get to meet and all of the things that we learn. In our Templeton, CA Farmers Market (on Saturdays 9-1pm). A very nice lady shared with my “Little Goddesses” a wonderful Eastern European dish called “Paskha”  a Cheese Spread that she now makes with Dairy Goddess Fromage Blanc “Naked”. Being of Portuguese decent we have many traditional recipes but I am so happy to share this one that our sweet customer shared with us.

She so kindly sent me a lovely note and pictures as well as a couple of recipes. Not only do I appreciate the recipe and kind words but I am so touched at the time she took to send it to me and asked that I share it with the girls. With that I decided to share it with all of my “Godd-etts”. I am using her recipe and also picture that she shared. THANK YOU very “MOOOOOch”  Nancy J.!

Happy Easter to you and yours! God Bless You All!

Happy Easter Treat!

Happy Easter Treat! Easter Paskha

 

1 lb of Dairy Goddess “Naked” Fromage Blanc

1/2-3/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of good butter

1/2 cup of cream

1/3 cup of ground almonds

1`tsp lemon zest

1 tsp vanilla

Combine first four ingredients with mixer of food processor. Place in mixing bowl and add the last three ingredients and mix well. Taste for sweetness! (More sugar?)

*Prepare a bowl or a clean terra-cotta flower-pot, lined with a double layer of cheesecloth, (enough to cover the top).

Place the mixture in the *bowl, cover with the cheesecloth, place a plate over this and put on a heavy stone or can. Refrigerate up to 12 hours.

To un-mold, invert bowl over the serving plate, remove cheesecloth, decorate. I use blanched almonds in a design. Great for a lovely Easter Breakfast. You may need to double the recipe.

(Shared so kindly by) NANCY J.

Dairy Goddess Drinks Non-Homogenized Whole Milk and So Should You!

Non-Homogenized Lightly Pasteurized "Cream Top" Milk Nectar From Our Dairy

Non-Homogenized Lightly Pasteurized “Cream Top” Milk
Nectar From Our Dairy

I drink whole milk and eat full-fat yogurt, cream cheese, and sour cream. Sure, full-fat dairy products taste better than the skim/fat-free versions, but I don’t eat them for the taste. I eat full-fat dairy because it’s better for my health and my weight.

Yep, you heard me right: I eat dairy products with all the fat god gave ‘em, and I do it because it’s good for me.

Here’s why:

1. Our bodies cannot digest the protein or absorb the calcium from milk without the fat.

2. Vitamins A and D are also fat-soluble. So you can’t absorb them from milk when all the fat has been skimmed off. (This makes fortified skim milk the biggest sham of all — you can pump fat-free milk full of a year’s supply of vitamins A and D, but the body can’t access them).

3. Milk fat contains glycosphingolipids, types of fats linked to immune system health and cell metabolism.

4. Contrary to popular belief, low-fat and fat-free diets do not help prevent heart disease, and science has now revealed that the link between saturated fat (long villainized as a cause of heart disease) and heart disease is tenuous at best.

5. In fact, studies now show that eating saturated fat raises good cholesterol — the kind of cholesterol you want and need in your body.

6. The world’s healthiest foods are whole foods — foods that have not been processed. Why? The nutrients in whole foods have a natural synergy with one another — that is, they work best in and are most beneficial to the body when they are taken together (not when they are isolated in, say, beta-carotene supplements of Vitamin C capsules). So when you pull some or all of the fat out of milk, you throw its nutritional profile out of whack. Basically, you discard all of the health benefits when you discard the fat.

7. And last but definitely not least: healthy dietary fat will NOT make you fat. We’ve been taught for years that dietary fat is the root of all evil. But we need healthy fat in our diet for proper body composition and long-term weight maintenance. The key factor here is knowing the difference between good fats and bad fats (for more on good and bad fats and the role healthy fat plays in weight maintenance..

A final note: When it comes to whole milk, you should also drink nonhomogenized when you can. Homogenization is “the technique of crushing milkfat globules into droplets too small to rise to the surface in a cream layer,” writes Anne Mendelson in Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages (Knopf, 2008). Homogenization offered two big advantages to the dairy industry: (1) the abolition of the “creamline,” as it’s called, made it possible to package milk in more convenient [read: disposable] cardboard packaging instead of traditional glass bottles and (2) homogenizing made it possible for a commercial dairy to “calculate the amount of fat in incoming milk, completely remove it, and homogenize it back into milk in any desired proportion…In effect, ‘whole milk’ could now be whatever the industry said it was.”

To put it more bluntly: homogenized whole milk isn’t whole. The dairy-processing industry decided that whole milk should be milk with 3.25% fat (raw milk straight from the cow averages between 4 – 5.5% fat). That way, no matter what cow produced the milk, after homogenization all the milk would taste the same.

When you buy homogenized milk, you’re buying a whole food that isn’t whole — it’s had it’s fat removed, evened out, and injected back into it in an amount less than what appears in nature. So choose whole milk, skip homogenization, and enjoy!
By Laine Bergeson, Experience Life

Dairy Goddess : Yep, Cool Cows Are Our Priority And Water Is My Worry!

Cows Cooling Off

Cows Cooling Off

Summertime! It is here with a fury. As a child it was my favorite time of year. When you are young you don’t have as many worries as we do as adults. I used to have fun playing on the dairy, barefoot, making “Big Foot” prints in the fresh cow patties and then running through the “wash pen” to wash off and cool off. I was out there with the cows running around in my swim suit with out a care in the world. My dad made sure the cows were always comfortable. He would keep them longer in the “wash pen” and they were blessed with shades.

We continue to have those comforts for our cows along with soakers, misters and fans! Nonetheless, now as an adult and caretaker of these favored female bovines I worry. We are continually checking to make sure these cooling devices are working and doing their job. We make sure they are eating enough and the food is fresh. We watch their troughs to make sure the water is cool and plentiful.

In the summer we also plant corn. We grow corn to feed our cows along with wheat and alfalfa. I worry about the Central Valley and it’s water availability. There is so much “politics” in the water issue. They only ones who truly suffer is us the farmers, our animals and crops and you the consumer. Water is so important to this Valley and our food supply. Let us never take this for granted. Don’t let big politics lead you to believe it is about saving non-indigenous species. It is about big business, big money that hides behind “heart-strings” for their personal profits and agendas.

I worry about my cows and the crops I grow for them. I pray for water to keep my cows cool and thirst away. I pay that we have enough water to grow our crops and have a plentiful harvest.

Care free summer days for me are gone…but I do thank God for all of the blessings and comforts that my “girls” have. I am grateful for everything that they provide for our family and giving them the very best is the least we can do!

Celebrating My Dairy Dad This Dairy Month

Manuel Borges Jr Dairy Farmer - Father

Manuel Borges Jr
Dairy Farmer – Father

Well here we are in June already. Always a busy month. Between graduations, farming our corn and fathers day. On top of that it is “Dairy Month”.  For a dairy farmer every day is dairy day, week, month and year. The cows need their food and milking everyday, 24 /7 the cows are on our minds and run our daily lives, but we love it and most of us agree it is our calling.

This is the 24th Father’s day without my Dad. I still miss him terribly, yet his legacy and passion lives within me. My Dad was not a man of many words. He liked his routine and was just happy to be in the barn with his beloved cows. We were pretty much polar opposites when it came to socializing and chit-chat. I think he thought me a bit quirky, a bit boisterous, and always on the go. I was just like my mother. It was a yin/yang thing. All I know is it worked. I truly think that my life growing up was as perfect as it gets. I had the best of both worlds. A free and easy, hippy style mom and a quiet hard working Dad that like routine and structure.

We have all of these fancy terms for everything these days. I think that my Dad might have been termed, OCD. He was the cleanest person I have ever met. He spent so much of his time that he should have been sleeping, cleaning. He only slept about 4 hours a night.

My first memories of my Dad was by his side…working and cleaning. You see I was the oldest, I know in his heart I was supposed to be a boy, thus his nickname for me was Bobbi. (He had married later and I was born when he was 35 years old). He needed a worker and well, I ended up doing just that. At four years of age he put steel wool in my hand and taught me to help him scrub the line. My very favorite memories was about that same time when he put me in the big stainless steel milk tank to help him clean it. He said that my hands were nice and small to get into the “crannies”. It was such fun slipping and sliding around. I remember we used a lot of cleaning chemicals. I told him, “Daddy I can’t breath”, he calmly said to me “it’s OK honey, just hold your breath”. I did just that. While others might not think that was the best parenting moment, it was one of my happiest times.

My Dad was even picky about the color of his cows. He liked them mostly black with only a little white on the bottom. When asked why, he would simply reply, “They look cleaner like that”. He was known by many of this preference and any bull in his breeding program reflected this and any cow that was purchased had to fit that bill. (I am blessed to have a aerial photo of our dairy farm and his   “Vacas Pretas”  as he would call them in Portuguese are prevalent and a beautiful keepsake of our life).

That desire for quality and cleanliness was passed down to me. A good product starts with the best quality milk. Once you have the milk, so pure and pristine,  processing it must also retain cleanliness and quality.  The importance of this has been passed onto me and I pass that on through my cheese and milk. So many people tell me that my cheese and milk lasts long after the “best by date”. I tell them that is because of our clean milk and processing. It makes me so very proud. I am so lucky that my husband also is a stickler for quality. It is, to my delight that my daughter, Tara, has also inherited that gene. I am so happy to have her heading up all of our production.

I am sorry that my Dad did not get to see “Dairy Goddess” come to life. I know he would have just shook his head and smiled that crooked grin. My father told me out loud only one time that he was proud of me. That was on my wedding day. I always knew that he was, but like I said he was a man of few words. He did often tell me he loved me, especially towards the end of his life.

There has been many times since his passing that I have heard him. When I had been lost in my thoughts or worried about this thing or that, his voice will pop into my head and say “I love you, Bobbi”… and then it’s gone, but that moment stays with me and I know that he is right here watching the whole thing. Our loved ones never really leave us. We carry them in our hearts and in our actions. We hope that all of the best parts that they gave us are then passed down to our children.

Happy Fathers Day Dad….and to all you Fathers! Don’t forget June is Dairy Month…go on out and celebrate. Think about all of the hard working dairy farmers out there bringing you the best of what Dairy has to offer.

Cheers…preferably a big cold glass of milk!

Dairy Goddess – “What Makes Your Milk So Special?”

Well, our busy season is upon us. Many of our seasonal markets are well on their way. I am also getting the opportunity to speak with the many store managers regarding my dairy and our products. As always we love to share our products and get to know our customers. We always are happy to receive and answer lots of questions regarding our farmstead cheese and milk.

One of my favorites is “WHAT MAKES YOUR MILK SO SPECIAL???” (I want to joke and say DUUUUHHH a “Dairy Goddess made it”…LOL)

Well, the truth is my milk is special and different from most milks on the market. Not only is it because of our beautiful cows that God entrusted with us. Nor the fact that they are monitored around the clock to make sure they are happy and receiving the freshest most nutritious diet, along clean fresh water.

The main difference in our milk is  the way we process it and I am happy to share that with you!

Dairy Goddess milk is non-homogenized, which means the butterfat molecules in our milk are left in their natural state. These relatively large milk-fat globules bind with nutrients (like vitamins A & D) found in the liquid portion of milk. The nutrient-carrying globules travel to the stomach and gut where they release the nutrients for use by the body. Milk fat, in it’s natural state, easily makes its way through the entire human digestive tract.

Homogenized milk molecules on the other hand, are unnaturally small and misshapen. They haphazardly attach to nutrients, but unfortunately, pass out of the digestive tract and directly into the blood stream before the nutrients can be digested.

Further, the destruction of milk-fat globules can lead to hardening of the arteries. While this is contrary to popular belief, some noted researchers and medical experts believe this to be the case. Robert Cohen, Executive Director of the Dairy Education Board, wrote in his article “Homogenized Milk: Rocket Fuel for Cancer,” in 2007, that the smaller, disfigured milk-fat globules produced during homogenization act like capsules for substances that bypass digestion. Not only are important nutrients lost into the blood stream, but hormones and pesticides used to treat cows and their feed, make their way to the human blood stream as well.

Thomas E. Levy, M.D., further argues in his book on nutrition, that some enzymes are absorbed into the blood stream as well. One particular enzyme, xanthine oxidase (XO), reaches the bloodstream where it replaces a substance called plasmalogen in the arteries, and directly promotes hardening of the artery walls.

But perhaps the most burning question is, “What danger do I risk if I drink Non-Homogenized Milk.” The answer is “none.” That’s right, homogenization has no known health benefits. Nor is it required by law. Milk is homogenized simply to give it a balanced consistency – more pleasing to the eye and no need to shake it. Milk in its natural state has a cream layer that floats on top of the liquid portion of the milk. Anyone who grew up on a farm, or before homogenization was common, will tell you that the cream is the most desirable part! And, as you are now aware, the cream also carries huge health benefits.

Dairy Goddess only uses Low Temperature / Vat Pasteurization

Dairy Goddess is one of two dairies in California to use a low-temperature vat pasteurization method. This ensures our milk retains a majority of its enzymes, which are crucial for proper digestion and good health. Dairy Goddess is the only dairy processing a Cream Top Chocolate Milk with vat pasteurization in the state!

Pasteurization of commercially-sold milk is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure that harmful bacteria in milk is eliminated. Standard pasteurization methods utilize high-heat, high-volume methods that unfortunately kill beneficial enzymes as well as bacteria. Some milk is even ultra-pasteurized to the point that it can be stored without being refrigerated. Some in the dairy and health industries refer to ultra-pasteurized milk as “dead milk” because everything — harmful and beneficial – have been killed.

Dairy Goddesses low-temperature vat pasteurization method allows us to heat our milk at a lower temperature for a longer period of time, eliminating harmful micro-organisms but leaving valuable enzymes untouched.

During our pasteurization process, milk is divided into small batches and processed in our vat. The milk is heated in the vat to a temperature of 145o F (63o C). (The chocolate milk is heated to 150F) It is held at this constant temperature for 30-minutes.  The milk is then cooled in a ‘plate cooler’. It is run quickly through small stainless steel tubing that is surrounded by cold water. The milk is cooled quickly and put directly in our cooler and ready to be delivered, fresh to you!

So that’s it…less processed. More natural. The way things are supposed to be. We have been so geared to processing and long shelf life’s we don’t realize what value to us, nutritionally, we are giving up. Get back to basics…You will love the taste and your tummy will too!

CA Dairy Farmer Heading AGAIN to Sacramento YES on AB31

The Wheels On The Bus GO Round and Round…..

Yep, we are back at it. Leaving our farms, our jobs, to fight yet again for a fair price. (Thank you to Western United Dairymen and Western Milling for making this bus happen). They realize that the numbers speak volumes and show just how important this is to us dairy farmers.

Secretary of Ag. Karen Ross refused to help…400 dairy families are gone. Assembly Member Richard Pan (9th District) introduced a bill to help California Dairy Farmers.

“Assembly Agriculture Committee set to debate Assembly Bill 31 – – California is on course to losing 100 dairies each year. Assemblyman Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) has proposed new legislation to remedy an unfair cost-setting scheme that threatens to force hundreds of California’s local, family-run dairies to shut down. Assembly Bill 31 will allow the state Agriculture Secretary to change a flawed dairy cost structure that now allows cheese makers to pay far less for milk in California than in other states. “This legislation will fix an unfair set of rules that allows cheese producers to enjoy comfortable profits while dairy farmers risk losing everything,” said Gary Conover, Director of Government Relations for Western United Dairymen. “AB31 will level the playing field for dairy farmers, protect California’s spot as the nation’s top milk producer, and preserve our rich history of supporting family-run farms”

THANK YOU Assemblyman PAN….I appreciate your effort. I PRAY we get this much needed relief. 

YES on AB31 video -Ray Souza

Local supporters of dairy bill heading to Sacramento (click for full story)

 

Dairy Goddess Countdown – Fresno Food Expo

I can’t believe it has been already a year! The Fresno Food Expo is already here and things are a bit crazy in preparation as well as tending to all of our regular orders. We continue to service the 37 Nor-Cal Whole Foods so don’t forget to go in an ask for some “Dairy Goddess”. 

The Expo is Thursday March 14, 2013. The public portion is going to be held from 5pm to 8pm at the Fresno Convention Center, Hall 1. Tickets are $40.00 but you can go to www.fresnofoodexpo.com for discount ticket offers. 

Come on out to taste, touch, and try food and beverage products from 106 food exhibitors. It is a great opportunity to learn about local food companies and you will even have a chance to purchase product you like at the show. Dairy Goddess is offering special Expo discounts. 

Supporting local food companies has never tasted so good. 

Also I am asking you to please go to Fresno Food Expo New Products Award (click on link) and vote if you haven’t already. My 3 entries are in the TOP 5 of 55 products. The voting continues until the day of the event. 

All you need to do is 

“Like” each of my products (3 of them, Whole Milk, Chocolate Milk, and my Cheese) along with that please email a vote too. Your support is appreciated and helps our little company get our name out. Remember, I AM our marketing team. 

Our family does it all! So join “OUR” family and take a moment to cast your votes.

Hope to see you at the Expo!

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Dairy Goddess Fulfilling Her Dairy Dreams With Your Help!

As you know. Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese and Milk was created by me. Partly as a dream to create products from our cows milk but also out of desperation during the worst economic time in our dairy industry. Trying whatever we could to save our farm.

With the help and support of my husband Tony, my daughter Tara we have done a pretty good job. I am very proud of what we have accomplished in two and a half short years.

I am proud to announce that we just made it into the Northern California Whole Foods 35 plus stores with my Non-Homogenized, Low Pasteurized Whole Milk and Chocolate Milk along with Dairy Goddess Fromage Blanc Cheese. If you are in that region…please go in and tell them you LOVE Dairy Goddess. The real key to this success is to receive and maintain those re-orders.

I have expanded my tiny little plant and product as I have gone along. Dairy Goddess does not have a marketing team. I do not have an advertising budget. We do EVERYTHING ourselves. With that said. I am asking you to help me out. Please go to Fresno Food Expo’s Website (click here) Like their page. Then look at all of the wonderful new San Joaquin Valley New Products that will be highlighted at the Fresno Food Expo on March 14th. Then please LIKE each of my products. I have the Whole Milk / Whole Chocolate Milk and Cheese. Click the like by each of those pictures and that is all you have to do and sharing that with your friends would also be appreciated. This type of promotion is what has got me to where I am now. It is hard to get reach without professionals helping, but with your assistance I could not be happier!

I am the little ant that could….and this ant is going to do her best to keep going!

Thanking you in advance for your help…remember LIKE all Three Dairy Goddess Products by clicking the “thumbs-up” next to it’s picture.

Photo from Hanford Sentinel article

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Dairy Goddess Testifies At The CDFA in Sacramento

I have just gotten back from Sacramento. Karen Ross had called a hearing to raise all Class Milk prices for up to 6 month to help dairy farmers through this terrible crisis. Mind you getting to a meeting in Sacramento at 7 am on the Friday before Christmas was no easy task.

I was proud to see many dairy farmers there. There were also plenty of processors there to fight it. Their lack of empathy toward our dairy crisis is disturbing. 

I have been up since 230 am so I will post my testimony for you to read. There was a lot of very good producer testimony and I do hope that we were heard.

 

I am here today urging you to increase the pay price that dairy farmers receive.
We have been receiving nearly $2.OO less per hundred weight than the rest of the 
United States for far too long. Along with that we have the highest costs and 
the highest regulations as well as providing the highest quality of milk.

300 dairy families gone along with another 100 this year.

We have been pleading and petitioning for a year all to be denied and delayed. 
All the while many dairy families have lost or  are losing their generational 
farms and culling generational herds.  We hear from processors that we need to 
become more efficient . I can guarantee you this ... The dairy farmers that are 
still in business today have become efficient or else they would not be in 
business today. I would only hope that our government would become as efficient 
as  us dairy farmers...we would not be on the fiscal cliff we are standing on 
right now.

Have any of you ever here seen a dairy farmer walk around his dairy after the 
cows have left for slaughter? It is heart breaking...it is a memory that will 
never leave me. I pray that no more dairy families have to take that walk.

Those of us still here are fighting for our lives.  Yet, as we fight for our 
lives our main concern is to feed and care for our cows. Everything we do 
revolves around our animals that is pressure that you will never understand. 
Getting the cows fed and feeling relived, only, then to have the burden of 
figuring out how you are going to cover your other bills like payroll, 
electric,fuel,insurance, environmental regulation fees and God help us if we 
have a blown tire on the tractor or a pump goes out. I do not wish the stress 
and pressure on any of you. Though I would like for you to walk in my shoes for 
a day...

We dairy families rallied on the Capitol steps in September and October . Only 
to be treated as a minor nuisance.  It was disheartening for so many but I am 
extremely proud that,  finally, California dairy farmers And 3 of our major 
co-ops stood together. 

I am disappointed in the actions of Secretary Ross and the CDFA. I would never 
expect you to work and not receive a fair wage for what you do. Yet you have sat 
back and watched the demise of so many dairy families knowing that we were 
receiving so much less than the rest of the nation. Shame on you CDFA for 
waiting so long and hoping it would fix itself as it has done in the past. Shame 
on you for not appreciating the California dairy families and all they have 
contributed to California.

In March of this year was the first I heard of the forming of a task force to 
fix our industry for the long term. I pray for its success.  As predicted,  It 
had not started off to be very fruitful. The one plus I see from there meeting 
is that Sec Ross could see for herself the true line in the sand between 
producers and processors.

There is a dark, sinister cloud that looms in our industry. I hope that we can 
work to change our system for a healthy dairy industry in the future and to rid 
the dark forces that shadow it.

Here we are at years end asking yet again, to be given some type of relief as a 
result of this hearing. I urge you to act swiftly. We are hanging on by a thread 
and for too many it is already too late.


The Second Sunday of Advent. Are you REALLY ready?

We we just had the second Sunday of Advent. Many Christmas celebrations have taken place while many of us remain busy preparing for our own. 

I spent a busy weekend working farmers markets. We did decide to go to the Cayucos Christmas Celebration on Saturday night after our markets. They have a tree lighting and businesses are open for shopping or for cheer along with carolers and carriage rides. 

As we were leaving there was a terrible accident right in front of where we were. (News report of Cayucos accident here) 

You could see it was bad. Two people down in the street. Tony went to see while I stayed in the car. He came back very upset and said a car hit two people that attempted to cross the street. The lady that hit them was very, very upset and said she hadn’t seen them. (No arrests were made). Just a terrible accident.

As we celebrate advent we prepare for the 2nd coming of Christ. Really, though, we never know when it is going to be our last day. This was a shocking reminder to me that we should be in constant preparation because it can come at any time.  

As we continue to prepare for Christmas take time to make the most of this Advent Season by preparing our way to the Lord.

“Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36) 

Sadly, the husband had died and the wife remains in critical condition. Tony and I have been praying for them and their family.  We think about how something like a simple evening stroll can be your last. 

Dairy Goddess Celebrates Advent

ImageIt’s official! The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is no longer it’s own special day it has become the official kick off of the holiday season(Even though holiday decor is out at Halloween). It doesn’t even seem like that special of a day any longer as it is drowned out by “Black Friday”.

I find it ironic that the day we are to be most grateful for the things that we have goes into the day in which we fight lines and parking for all of those great sales for things we think we can not live with out.

Don’t get me wrong. I have spent every Christmas holiday of my adult life in the same frenzy to have everything “perfect” for Christmas day. Often so stressed and tired that when in church on Christmas I can barely keep my eyes open.  I get it! I truly do.

I don’t know if it is because I am nearly 50 or if it is because I have been fighting these last four years to make our dairy work. I don’t know if it is because so much of my time is devoted to make my new business work. I continue to feel the negativity of the economy. I feel I have been fighting for a long time. I have been thrown losses and carry stress that life often bears.

The one solid and beautiful thing that has got me through these tough and trying times is my faith. Even with all of the difficulties, I know I have so, so much. It is the faith instilled in me that accepts what life brings to me is Gods plan.

My faith in God has given me the strength to carry on and keep up the fight. When having great abundance it is hard to appreciate those things that are truly important, family, friends, a new puppy :), health. When struggling you often find out what little you really need and what your have is so very, very sweet.

I was impressed by all of the 30 days of gratitude for the month of November from many of my Facebook friends. Also bloggers that made that commitment to share each and every day what they are grateful for.

So with that. Sunday, December 2 is the first Sunday of Advent. (Below is the Wikipidia definition of Advent). I would like honor this Advent Season through my blog by celebrating the birth of Jesus. Celebrating and honoring the Nativity. Also preparing and awaiting the second coming.

I hope that with this commitment to reflect on the Advent using my blog, like that of an advent calendar (though I can not promise my frequency, LOL) it will bring joyful anticipation of Christmas day and avoid the stress of the “material” part of the holiday and keep my eye on the real reason for the season, the birth of our Savior.

from Wikipedia
Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is ananglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday. The Eastern churches’equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast, but it differs both in length and observances and does not begin the church year, which starts instead on September 1.[1] At least in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Presbyterian and Methodist calendars, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, which is the Sunday from November 27 toDecember 3 inclusive.[2]

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

Women & Dairy; Goddesses Unite! Women in Dairy Conference-Penn State Extention

Women In Dairy Conference – November 7, 2012

Women in Dairy Pennsylvania – Penn State Extension

Last year we had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful group of dairy farmers from Pennsylvania that were visiting California dairy farms. Our dairy was one of their stops. Tony and I shared our dairy and our cheese plant and the debut our chocolate milk. I had the opportunity to speak to them and shared our struggles with the dairy business and operating a dairy products plant.

A couple months later I received an email asking if I would be interested in being the Keynote speaker at their Women in Dairy Conference being held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

I reminded them that I was not a professional speaker. She said that it was the ladies from the tour that suggested me as the speaker. I was flattered and frightened at the same time.

They also asked if I could sit on a panel for blogging. That, I thought, no problem. I feel comfortable with blogging. I admit I do not know a lot of the technical things associated with blogging but I do feel comfortable sharing my message and I realize the importance of getting your story out and not let others speak for you. Especially in the dairy industry.

I agreed to do it. I admit, a bit reluctantly. It seemed so far away. I really didn’t know where I would be with my business. I didn’t know how I was going to manage to get away. I didn’t know how to put together a keynote address. I had seen plenty of wonderful speakers in my day. I was especially moved when I had seen Dr. Scott Vernon from Cal Poly SLO give his keynote address at the California Women in Agriculture convention earlier this year. I was challenged and I like that. I decided to do it!

Months before, and up to just before departure I was agonizing over my decision. One day it was, “how exciting” the next day was “what the heck did I get myself into”. I was worried about letting those ladies down. I knew it was too late to back out now. I dug my heels in and resolved to do my best.

I would hole myself up and write, rewrite, write and write some more. It is very rewarding putting your life on paper. I also created my first power point! Accepting challenges and learning new things, isn’t that what life is about?

Penn State Extension is an outreach program of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. They provide educational programs for dairy producers, their employees, and advisers. (click here to see the great programs that they offer) They do a great job. They are professional and work very hard. It is very clear that they like what they do and they like working with these dairy farmers. I felt their devotion and respect for the dairy farmers that they served.

There is nothing easy about getting to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from Fresno, California. I departed at night on November 5th. I arrived, after a couple of plane changes, in the morning of November 6th. It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful place. I would not let my weary body get me down. I had to go explore. Explore I did. I want to thank Unique Limousine of Harrisburg, PA. I called them at the last minute. They asked what I was interested in seeing. Offered me a very fair price and picked me up right away to escort me on my adventure. I got to visit the Central Market in Lancaster, PA It is the oldest, continuously ran, farmers market in the nation. A perfect stop for me right? I enjoyed introducing myself to the farmers/vendors there and they were kind and warm. I even got a hug from a lovely Mennonite vendor. I was driven through the beautiful countryside enjoying the farms and got a glimpse of Amish life. I drove through Hershey, PA, the “sweetest town in America” and yes the street lights are the shape of Hershey’s kisses. The whole time, as I was enjoying this, I kept telling myself how much Tony would love to see this and vowed to come back and spend more time.

After my full day I got to enjoy dinner with some of the Penn State Extension team. We also went to a pre-conference reception that evening.  It was nice to have this “warm-up” because that moment was here and there was no turning back now.

After a surprisingly good nights sleep, that moment, that I had agonized for so long, was now here. I admit, I was glad that I was up first. When I was done I felt great relief and satisfaction. Mission accomplished! I had wonderful feed back and response and felt embraced. One very nice young lady said that I had “set the tone” for the conference. I was happy that I did not disappoint. These are hard-working dairy women. They are busy working on the farms, milking cows, raising calves and taking care of their families. I wanted it to be worth their time and I didn’t want to disappoint the ladies that suggested me for the job.

I was happy to share my life. I believe they realized, like I did, that even though we might run our dairies differently. We might have more or less cows to take care of. We share to same goals and struggles in our lives. At the end of the day our lives are consumed with the care and well-being of not only our families but our animals.

Sitting on the blogging panel was fun. It is always fun to share the rewards and challenges of blogging. I got to sit on the panel with Raechel Sattazahn. She did a great job sharing her blog, Go Beyond the Barn Blog please check it out. Her husband is a guest writer and they do a wonderful job sharing our agricultural story.  Lisa Perrin from Mid Atlantic Dairy Association did a great job as the panel facilitator.

I got to enjoy the rest of the day mingling, eating good food, and taking in the other breakout sessions. I met too many wonderful people to name individually. I  hope they know how much I appreciated my time with all of them.

During the day I had the opportunity to meet Jessica Armacost. She is the director of the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Program and Promotion Service . They have a very impressive program. The girls are very active in promoting dairy in their state. She had with her two of her princesses, Callie and Heather. These two lovely princesses gave a beautiful “milk toast” at lunch. They attended the whole conference and were staying on for other appearances.  They were staying the night and asked if I would like to join them for dinner.

What a great evening. She drove us into the town of Harrisburg and indulged me in some picture-taking of this beautiful town. We ate at a local restaurant Appalachian Brewing Company. It was an evening of good food and good company.  I so appreciate their invitation. This was a perfect ending to a wonderful experience.

I want to thank Dr. Lisa Holden, associate professor, Penn State Dairy and Animal Science and Laurie Porter for their efforts in arranging this conference. They make it seem easy. Congratulations to you both and everyone who made this day the success that is was.

I made it back home without delay. I was comforted to know that my cheese/milk and dairy business ran just fine without me. Tara and Tony do a great job and did it all themselves without complaint. It is I, that do not know what I would do without them. Thank you both for “holding down the fort”. I love you both.

Again, Pennsylvania Women in Dairy and Penn State Extension, my deepest gratitude for this opportunity. Until we meet again….