Goats do roam…in Seattle

Why is our book Home Cheese Making : Recipes for 75 Homemade Cheeses so popular?  Perhaps because it’s authored by home cheese making superstar Ricki Carroll.  In Seattle,local artisan cheese is readily available at farmer’s markets and grocery stores.  Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival takes place each year, even though we are far from Wisconsin.  It’s highly likely that some Seattleites have chosen to take their adoration for cheese a step further and make it themselves, with milk from their own goats.  If you haven’t already heard, last September the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to allow miniature goats to be kept as pets. They are an urban sustainability dream: they can mow a lawn or eat a blackberry bush and produce milk without use of fossil fuels. So yes, Seattleites can now make cheese with milk straight from their own backyards!

~posted by Judy A.

3 thoughts on “Goats do roam…in Seattle”

  1. A new book about raising goats, or more properly, about the IDEA of raising goat, is “The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese” by Margaret Hathaway. A young New York couple becomes seduced by the idea of a life in the country, most especially by the notion of themselves as goat keepers and cheese makers. They quit their jobs and begin a year-long journey around the country, visiting dairy goat farms, meat goat farms, animal auctions, fairs and conventions, and artisanal cheese makers. They love their cheese, and after your read about some new, mouthwatering delight, you will want to rush right down to your closest deli and get some for yourself. In the end, the authors move to Maine, buy a farmhouse and land, and four goats. You don’t have to move to Maine. You can stay in Seattle and have 2 little goats of your own.

  2. For those who like cheese or are interested in keeping goats, you should check out the book, “The year of the goat : 40,000 miles and the quest for the perfect cheese” by Margaret Hathaway (2007). This book chronicles one couple’s year-long journey from goat novices to goat guru!

  3. Along the same line, Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a must read. She chronicles a year in the life of her family after their move from non-agricultural Tucson to a family farm in Virginia where they explore living and eating locally. In addition to her account of their work on the land, her daughter provides recipes, and her husband shares implications of the agribusiness network they turned their backs on. Beautifully written by a favorite novelist, this non-fiction tome combines facts with gracious prose.

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