It’s Spring at Mariposa Creamery!

Spring = eggs. Finally!

Spring = eggs. Finally!

Our stone fruit trees are blooming and the goats have spring fever! Our kidding season is about to begin–in fact, today is Mint’s due date, although I expect her to hold out until the rain stops. We’ll have 7 goats kidding between now and July. The best way to keep up with new arrivals is by following our facebook page.

Our Creamery set up for bread making class with Erik from Root Simple

Our Creamery set up for bread making class with Erik from Root Simple

The next series of cheese making classes starts Saturday, April 19th and still has some space available. You can read about the cheese making classes and register online at the Institute of Domestic Technology. Lots of other classes on the calendar as well, of course.

Delicious cheese tasting for students

Delicious cheese tasting for students

We’ve just opened up our Farmstay calendar for May bookings. There are still some weekdays available in March at a discount too.

In the next few weeks we will be hosting several school tours (3rd graders from the local Waldorf School and 6th graders from Oakwood School in Hollywood), a girl scout troop from Moorpark, and a couple of private events for local families.

We are SUPER excited about the Wild Food Dinner we are hosting for local foragers / foodcrafters Pascal and Mia from Transitional Gastronomy on March 15. We are having a blast working on what might be the first ever wine pairings for the flavors of the San Gabriel Mountains. Although this dinner is already sold out, we don’t expect it to be our last. If you are interested in experiencing their real Southern California Cuisine, follow their amazing photos here.

Speaking of transitions, we are in the process of saying good bye to some of our dairy interns who have made their mark on our herd and home, and are now off on new adventures. Megan is headed to Washington to try her hands at vegetable farming and living in a tiny 10×12 cabin. Emilie is moving to Athens, Georgia to catch up with a friend from college. And Peele is headed back to Brazil for an amazing project at a museum. But we are blessed with many new additions to our team! If you are interested in our dairy internship program, send us an email.

Rupert leads our morning walk at Angeles Crest Creamery

Rupert leads our morning walk at Angeles Crest Creamery

We continue to make progress at the new ranch Angeles Crest Creamery too. Our tiny house is almost ready, and then we can have the barn raising. We’ve been working with the local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service representatives to learn more about the available forage including the wide variety of perennial grasses, and also to build a plan to increase plantings in the riperian area around the small lake to make more habitat for wildlife. Right now there is a sweet family of ducks in the lake with babies taking off on practice flights.

Mariposa Creamery is an educational project that is funded in part by our cheese making classes and our farmstay program, but mostly by our day jobs. Unfortunately this means we are not available to host individual visitors, since when we aren’t milking with our farmstay guests in the mornings, or teaching classes on the weekends, we are at work just like everyone else! Thank you for your understanding.

We hope to see you soon!

Gloria & Steve

Book by midnight Friday and get 1 night free!

AirBnB has announced a special for first-time AirBnB customers! If you’ve been thinking about coming to visit our farm, now is a great time to book your stay. Book 2 nights and get 1 night free for stays between now and March 31. Our kidding season starts in early March, so if you book for the 2nd half of March there are likely to be lots of babies to play with, and you might even get lucky and get to witness a birth!

AirBnB Cover Photo

Click here to read about the special and get the coupon code.

Click here to see our listing.

We hope to see you on soon!

Gloria & Steve

New Cheese Making Series Starts January 11

Rupert Photo

Our next series of cheese making classes, which will begin in January, has been posted to the Institute of Domestic Technology web site. Which means registration is now open! The series makes a great holiday gift for that person you want to inspire to make cheese for you! To learn more, click here.

bloomy cheese photo

And if you can’t wait for January, there are still a few spots in this weekend’s classes, just in time to skill up to make cheese for the holidays. Show up all of your food-crafty friends by giving beautiful jars of home made feta as holiday gifts, or showing up to a party with beautiful bloomy rind goat cheeses to share. We’ll teach you both in this Saturday’s Milkcrafting 102 class. You’ll also make a quick batch of mozzarella, and enjoy it for lunch on pizzas from our wood fired oven.

In Sunday’s Foodcrafting 102 class, you can learn to make the multi-seed crackers to pair with your cheeses. We’ll also be making chevre, hard apple cider, and pickled carrots. The cider is especially easy and makes a great shelf-stable gift, and is a great pairing with cheese.

At Mariposa Creamery, we don’t sell any cheese. Our goal is to teach you to make your own! To that end, we have spent a lot of time testing commercially available milks for cheese making. We recommend Summerhill (available at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods) for goat cheeses and Straus Organic Cream Top (available at Whole Foods) for cow’s milk cheeses. And here’s a tip: that Straus Organic Cream Top milk is also available at Trader Joe’s and is less expensive there–it’s just private labeled for Trader Joe’s. Although we don’t know why anyone would want to live without goats, it’s not necessary to be a successful home cheese maker. We are blessed in California with the availability of high quality and humanely produced milks in our grocery stores.

Poppyseed Buckwheat

Proceeds from our cheese making classes support our herd in Altadena, our Dairy Internship program, and our project to build a regenerative goat dairy in the Angeles National Forest at Angeles Crest Creamery. Thank you for supporting our goal of developing local, sustainable and humane dairying in Los Angeles!

If you have any questions about our classes, Farmstay, Internships or other projects, send us a note at mariposacreamery@yahoo.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Gloria & Steve

Next Series of Cheese Making Classes Posted!

3 ladies cheesemaking

Every quarter we repeat our series of 3 day-long cheese making classes covering everything from yogurt to Gouda. Our next series will start with Milkcrafting 101 on October 12. Sign up for an individual class, or for the whole series.

Goat Milking Lesson - Cella

Want to stay overnight and help milk the goats in the morning before class? Check our Farmstay calendar and book your stay in our Airstream Bambi.

Any questions? Just send us a note at mariposacreamery@yahoo.com.

Our classes and Farmstays help fund the Mariposa Creamery Internship program and our project at Angeles Crest Creamery. Thank you for your support!

Come Hang with the Herd!

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Come Hang with the Herd!

We are opening our gates Saturday December 29th from 1pm-4pm for a free community open house. Come play with the goats. Attend a cheese making demo in the Creamery at 2pm. There will be a short talk about suburban goat keeping at 3pm, also in the Creamery. Forecast shows a chance of rain, so wear your boots!

Mariposa Creamery at the Zane Grey Estate – 396 E Mariposa Street – Altadena, CA 91001 – Parking on Mariposa Street

Where did this year go?

Oh my. I’ve been busy on our facebook page but not very diligent about posting here. In fact it’s been almost a year to the day. Here’s a very brief review of what’s going on around here:

  • Our cheesemaking classes have been packed and keeping us very busy. We continue to teach our 3-part series through the Institute of Domestic Technology. The fall series is mostly sold out at this point, but there is a new series starting in January 2013.
  • Our cheesemaking classes have recently been featured in both Bon Appetit and Los Angeles Magazine! See our Press page for some links, but both of these complete pieces are only available in the print versions of the magazines.
  • We had 4 perfect babies in the spring: Apple (in image), Poppyseed, Honeybee, and Chewy. There are many many photos of all 4 on our facebook page.
  • We have been working toward opening our new restaurant in Altadena and recently finished the drawings for our Conditional Use Permit Application. We expect to file our application with LA County by the end of the year.
  • We bought 70 acres in the Angeles National Forrest where we plan to expand our goating and make cheese for both of our restaurants. The new project is called Angeles Crest Creamery, and you can see photos here.
  • Also, I continue to go to work every day as Director of Sales for Truesense Imaging.

When I review this list, I don’t feel so bad for not posting more!

Saturday Workshop: Goat Keeping for Dairy in Los Angeles

I have this fantasy that 5 years from now we have a dozen or more families in Altadena operating homestead dairies. We buy and store hay collectively, share breeding stock, document local best practices, and coordinate vet visits so we can convince a real goat vet that its worth his time to come all the way out to Altadena. A girl can dream, right? Also, a girl can hold a workshop.

Here are the details:

Goat curious? Live in LA County? Interested in providing your family with milk, yogurt, cheese and butter from your own homestead dairy? Come learn more at this introductory workshop at Mariposa Creamery in Altadena. We will cover the legal and practical aspects of suburban dairying—from zoning to fencing and feed. Learn about the time investment and the benefits so you can decide if home dairying is right for your family. Tour a working home dairy in action and meet the goats.

This workshop is free and registration is not required. But you can rsvp on our facebook event page if you like:

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135516213216348

10am – 12pm, Saturday, October 29th
Mariposa Creamery at the Zane Grey Estate
396 E Mariposa Street, Altadena

Good Food!

Today we sent off our entry for the Good Food Awards! We sent 2 samples of a lovely young mold-ripened cheese made entirely from Ru’s milk. Roberto (Mariposa Industries, Woodworking Division) made us these lovely african mahogany boxes. And we used our new stamp with logo designed by our neighbors at Sugarhouse Farm. Thank you to everyone who helped get our submission together! Especially Ru!

Milkcrafting 101 on Saturday!

On Saturday we are teaching a sold out class for the Institute of Domestic Technology here at the Creamery and we are super excited. Here’s our syllabus!

The Institute of Domestic Technology: Milkcrafting 101

Mariposa Creamery, Altadena

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 9:30am – 2:00pm

9:30am                 Check in & continental breakfast

Snack                  Monkey & Son coffee served with fresh goat’s milk

                             Oatmeal scones served with fresh chevre

9:45am                 Introductions

10:00am               Paneer make using Organic Pastures raw cow’s milk

10:45am               Discussion of milk quality and its relationship to cheese making

Taste                   Milk tasting: cow & goat, raw & pasteurized, farmstead & pooled

11:00am               Overview of ingredients and tools for fresh cheese making

11:15am               Yogurt, crème fraiche & kefir demonstration

Taste                     Goat yogurt, cow crème fraiche, goat kefir with fresh fruit

11:30am               Chevre make using pasteurized goat milk from Summerhill Goat Dairy

12:00pm               Meet the goats & discuss urban dairying

12:15pm               Lunch

Meal                     Paneer & Cucumber in Lemon-Pepper Dressing

                             Vegetable lasagna made with cow ricotta & chevre*

                             Roasted red pepper soup with crème fraiche*

                             Fresh baked bread

1:00pm                 Cottage cheese make using raw cow milk and crème fraiche

Taste                     Crème Fraiche Cottage Cheese and fresh fruit drizzled with honey

2:00pm                 Graduation

* Menu items at The Press Restaurant (www.thepressrestaurant.com)