Monday, May 18, 2009
King Farmer's Market
We met the market manager of the King Farmer's Market located in the Stokes County Fairgrounds Pavilion. We hope to visit with them in a few weeks (it will be hay making time next week so no road trips for us). They are open on Wednesday from 11:30 until 2 and on Saturday from 8 until 10. The market will be open until October 31 to cover the large variety of items that are produced in this area. This market's moto is "We grow what we sell". Everything must be grown or produced on their farms. Johnny has been busy with making cheese from our girls. So far he has made a cheddar that is an aged hard cheese. This cheese will age 4 to 6 months. He made his own cheese mold for this one complete with brass goat's feet on the base of the mold. He has also made ricotta, a fresh Italian mild cheese, made with whey that is left over from the cheesemaking process. We used the ricotta in some lasagna dishes and put several dishes in the freezer. His latest project is a feta cheese. Feta is a soft cheese used on salads that can be marinated and kept at room temperature for months. His feta was aged in olive oil and some was aged in canola oil. And, of course, let's not forget the homemade vanilla goat's milk ice cream this week. So far of all the ones we have made, pineapple has been my favorite. Strawberry is next on the list. We have some fresh strawberries just waiting to be included in our next ice cream.