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

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