Saturday was the Kidding Day at Asgaard farm. This is an annual tradition, started last year, where, from 10AM to 1PM, kids and parents can enjoy spring on the farm! Warm beverages and lunch were also provided. But the main treat was to meet the goats.
The farm has a productive herd of 44 milking goats, primarily Alpines with a handful of Nubians and Saanens in the mix. Each year the goats are bred in the fall and allowed to rest from mid December to the beginning of March. During the busy kidding season, all of the dams’ milk is heat-treated and fed back to the kids. Then, cheese making gradually begins in mid April, once the kids are ready to be weaned.
We had the chance to discuss with David Brunner and Rhonda Butler who acquired the farm in 1988. After working several years to restore the land and buildings, they put the farm back into production in 2003. What a great story!
And, since we believe in supporting local businesses, we ended up buying their incredible Ausable Valley Tomme and the tasty Adirondack Maple Syrup Fresh Chevre. Well, I could not resist the homemade goat milk Caramels either and we even bought a few handcrafted goat milk soaps.
A great initiative, and a great day at the farm!