Barncast 71 — Reality Check

It’s summer so we’ve basically stopped podcasting from the barn for a bit, it just get’s way to hot up in the hayloft (attic) of the barn when it’s >90f/30c outside and the sun is beating down on the roof all day. Instead we’re out back on our patio, with the birds and the wind that picked up due to thunderstorms close by.

We have a less serious show this week. We blaze through the round up in record time, let us know what you think. The main topic is a reality check. Inspired by the end of the downshiftme podcast we cover what our expectations of work and interests were and then look at the reality of it. While we’ve covered a similar topic about 30 shows ago, we look at our situation more and what we are up to.

In the show:

  • Intro and Welcome
  • Farm Phone: 206-202-GOAT
    • Tom and sheep milk
    • Peg from Vancouver Island
    • Omly from Boston
  • Round Up
  • Reality check, our goals and reality

Picture of the week: (this is why we do it)

  1. Valeriec’s avatar

    Love your podcast. I thought this one was really good. From growing up in the Midwest, here are a few other things people might want to consider. If your coming from a major city, you may want to see if you would like to live in a small city, small town or country. Some people would not like being miles away from anyone else, or they may want to live in a small city instead of a town that has only a couple of thousand of people. They will also want to check the nearest major town/city. What does it offer? Does that met their needs (or both if their married and also have kids)? When I grew up in a small town (bout 800)even to get milk you had to drive 30-45 min away. Some people that may not bother, others like my husband it would. If they have medical issues that maybe life threatening, should they live close by a hospital? where is the nearest one located? Some counties in Iowa do not have hospitals. I don’t know if that is true for the other states in the Midwest. So you may be hours away from a hospital or from a big enough hospital that will be able to treat you. For some people these maybe drawbacks, others it may not. I know whenever my husband & I move back to the midwest we will have to live in a small city, as due to medical reasons as well as my husband not wanting to live in a small town (he grew up in LA so he is more use to lots of people). Even though I would prefer to live in the country or small town, a small city would be fine for me and a good compromise for us. Anyways I hope I didn’t sound too discouraging, but thought maybe somethings people who are considering moving to the midwest/country may want to think about.


  2. John G’s avatar

    I had to laugh at your garlic story, planting the whole bulb! Nothing is easier to grow than garlic, except horseradish (which is impossible to get rid of). Plant cloves about 6 inches from each other in mid-October and harvest in July when the tops start to turn brown. We use on average about one bulb per day in our cooking/eating.

    I’m getting into sausage making and smoking now. Can you talk about your experiences in this area? A great (and I mean GREAT) book on the subject is “Charcuterie” by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn.


  3. Libbye’s avatar

    For the listener who asked about milking sheep, here’s some interesting video of a sheep dairy in Italy.

    The actual number of sheep dairies in the US is estmated at 100-150. Cheeses made from ewe milk include Feta, Roquefort and ricotta.

    Ewe milk is much higher in fat content that goat or cow milk so it doesn’t take nearly as much volume to make cheese. Which is probably a good thing because I’ve never had any sucess trying to milk any of my ewes for colostrum.


  4. alissa’s avatar

    Wow! I just listened to this episode on the train ride in from New Jersey to NYC and it was really great! I felt somewhat blown away actually because you guys were so on target with your delivery. I’m not sure what it was exactly but I enjoyed it. I think your review of your experiences on the farm were really fascinating! Thanks for sharing!



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