I had read last month in The Day newspaper (yes, we actually read a physical paper; also comes in handy later when one wants to start a fire in the woodstove) about Beltane Farm. Beltane Farm is a small goat farm in Lebanon, CT, offering tours and cheese tastings every Sunday in May. I had been interested enough in visiting that I'd put the dates on my calendar as a reminder although I never mentioned it to anyone else.
As a young adult, one of my mottos was, "Be prepared to be spontaneous." Although I'm fairly certain that motto was referring to birth control, I could apply the same idea to visiting a goat farm. Jay balked at the idea of just picking up and leaving. He argued that it would take 45 minutes to get out there (actually it took 30 minutes, but Jay has a tendency to exaggerate), he had a law school exam to study for, his daughter Erin and the grandkids were supposed to come over for lunch, he's cooking, etc. Not giving in, I gave him the option to stay home or just calling Erin and changing the lunch time to a supper time. Reluctantly, Jay agreed and changed plans with Erin. It was Mother's Day, he had to be nice to me, right?
Tyler, who just got home from USC this past Friday, was still asleep at 10:30 a.m. when this discussion was going on. Being a college student, he was better prepared to be spontaneous and quickly got dressed. Besides, Tyler loves goat cheese so he had a different motivation. Kelsey doesn't like to eat anything different, but was up for a trip involving animals with cloven hooves.
|Tyler and Kelsey being greeted by a young goat|
I expected 15-year-old Kelsey to get a thrill at seeing the goats, cow and donkey as we don't have those animals at home. She got equally excited with the two farm dogs, cat, chickens and the multitude of tadpoles in the pond. Uh, we have those animals at home Kelsey. Critters are always more appealing in someone else's yard I guess.
We tasted all the cheeses and narrowed our purchases down to four kinds to bring back, the Chevre, Harvest Moon, Vespers and Riscotta Fresca. We could have easily brought back one of each, but I tried to show some restraint. If any of you are repulsed at the sound of the words "goat cheese", I advise you to free your minds. My absolute favorite is the Chevre with Herbs de Provence. Finicky Kelsey found she liked the Harvest Moon cheese, which has a harder, cheddar-like consistency. For those of us who love cheese but have mild lactose intolerance, goat cheese is the solution.
|Sacrificing my fingers as goat pacifiers|