Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Online Store!!

Have you checked out our new online store?

www.squareup.com/market/vineyard-farms is the address for all your freshest food and all the most natural creations you can find!  The site is still in progress, but should be finished by this evening.  Shipping is available for everything, and you can pay from the comfort of your home!

Thank you for looking- we are so excited to serve you once again!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Goat Milk Mozzarella

This morning, I woke up a bit earlier than usual.  I decided to try my hand at making goat milk mozzarella!

I recently bought a goat (the hidden ear variety, LaMancha) who is giving us approximately a gallon of delicious milk a day!  I am picking up two more milk mamas today!  With all the new milk coming in, I should be able to freeze plenty for our dry months, make as much bread as I want, and continue making cheeses, yogurts, sour cream, whey, kefir, goat milk fudge, soap, etc!

I've made mozzarella for about 3 years now.  But I've never made it from goat milk.  And since our family cow Io has decided to just hang out and eat and wait for opportunities to get her hair brushed instead of having babies, I suppose I'd better get used to the goat milk variety!

When I bought my new goat, which we aptly named "Mrs. Van Goat" (get it? Like Van Gogh... no ears...), the previous owner (whose super cute blog can be found at www.GoatGirlGazette.wordpress.com) stated that she made her mozzarella from goat cheese.  I have made plenty of cheeses from goat milk, but I always made the standard soft feta variety! So this was a new adventure for me.  She suggested that I look up the Pioneer Woman recipe for 30 minute mozzarella, and simply pour in goat's milk instead of cow's milk.  When I researched the recipe, I found that it called for nuking the curd in the microwave.  I banned my family's microwave about 3 years ago.  So this recipe is a combination of Pioneer Woman's curd recipe and my old school mozzarella stretching technique.

First, I gathered my materials.
A non-reactive pot that holds 2 gallons
1 gallon raw milk
1/4 tsp liquid vegetable rennet (non-vegetable rennet is made from the lining of a calf's stomach.  So watch out, vegetarians!)
1.5 tsp citric acid
a metal spoon
salt
an extra pot of hot water (about 135-150*F)
a bowl of ice water




Next, I mixed 1/4 tsp of liquid vegetable rennet with 1 cup water, and stirred.
I added the citric acid to the empty large pot, and stirred in 1/4 cup of water. I stirred it until it dissolved.  Next, I poured in the gallon of raw goat's milk.


I stirred this combination slowly until a thermometer read 90*F.
Then, I removed it from the heat, covered it and allowed it to sit for 5 minutes.


I opened the lid, and sliced the curd in 1" squares.  Then, I returned this mixture to the heat, and stirred slowly until the whey reached 105*.
At this point, I removed the curd from the whey.  If you like cheese curds, now is the time to salt them and put them in cold water!


But to continue on to mozzarella, drop the newly gathered curds into the hot water you had set aside earlier.  Add plenty of salt (to taste).  I usually add 1/8 to 1/4 cup.

This is my favorite part.  I recommend using a metal spoon for this, but I was attempting to take pictures.  Stretch the mozzarella for a few minutes, until it becomes shiny.  Knead it to work the salt into the mixture.  Don't allow it to rest in the hot water too long, or it will fall apart.



Continue to knead until you can roll it into a tight ball, like pictured below.  Now you have mozzarella!


I like to store mine in just a bit of the salt water, and rolled into an airtight ziplock baggie in the refrigerator. 

And don't throw that whey out!  You can make bread with it (use it in place of buttermilk), or store it like I did in the picture below.  Pour it into muffin tins to freeze, then place the frozen portions in a ziplock bag.  You can use these as all natural whey protein in your morning smoothies!


Enjoy!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Current Offerings:

I plan to update this list each time we add new items!

Grass fed/grass finished steaks, roasts and organ meats, coffee, loose leaf tea, goats milk soap, lotion and bath and facial products, hand-sewn and painted products, local pottery, handmade jewelry, locally refinished furniture, knickknacks, children's dresses, pork sausage, pastured chicken eggs, raw wildflower honey, raw wildflower beeswax lip balm, herbs, sauces, canned veggies, jams, marinades and more, alphabet photography, and SO much more.  

Coming soon: Bacon, link sausage, raw cheeses and raw milks!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Great news!

Wednesday, The Vineyard Farms Market will have veggies, more varieties of soaps and lotions, and more lip balms!  There is a great possibility that we will have milk as well!  WOOHOO!  Come on by between 11-4:30 and check out all our exciting products, including the brand new organic coffee we have in-store!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

NEW STORE SCHEDULE!

NEW FARM STORE HOURS!!!! THANK YOU for working with my crazy week! As many of you have learned, I had emergency back surgery. I have been so out of it, I lost track of the days! Our new farm store hours, beginning next Wednesday will be: Wednesdays 11-4:30 Saturdays 10-3 PLEASE repost and share to help me spread the word!! I have the best customers ever!! For those who don't know the address, we are located at: 5720 Macland Rd Powder Springs, GA 30127

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Farm Store Schedule


Hello to all our loyal customers!

We are excited to announce that our Vineyard Farms Market is now OPEN on Wednesdays 11-4:30 and Saturdays 10-3!  We have a massive amount of products, including:

Grass fed/Grass finished beef
Grass fed/Grass finished pork sausage
Free range eggs
Raw (pet) cow and goat milk (when available)
Raw wildflower honey
BBQ marinades
Homestyle cooked goods
Ezekiel Bread
Beeswax lipbalms
Goat milk soaps, and lotions, body and room sprays and face scrubs
Hand painted wine and margarita glasses (collegiate styles available)
Hand crocheted and knitted items (collegiate styles available)
Hand sewn aprons
Herbs
Loose Leaf Teas
Plants
Fruits and vegetables (when available)
AND MORE!!!

Come on by 5720 Macland Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127 on Wednesday from 11-4:30 and Saturday 10-3.  No need to knock- just walk on it!  We can’t wait to see you again!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hello Everyone!

It has been a while since I've posted here, but we have many updates to deliver!
I receive calls about once a day asking for our products.  As many of you know, we took a selling hiatus as our farm moved from Cobb County to Polk County!  We moved from 10 acres to 135 acres!  We have made many changes on our farm, and all of these were carefully thought out in order to give you the best experience possible.  Please follow the blog, and watch for us to start offering MANY more products within the next month!  And rest assured, we will still make it convenient for our customers in the Marietta area!

Thank you for your continued support, and for your shared excitement in our growth!  Stay tuned!

-Anna