About us: We live in an urban area just outside Philadelphia where we have bees, fruits/vegetables/flowers, and dairy goats. We raise Nigerian Dwarf goats because of their gentle temperament and rich milk high in butterfat. The small size of Nigerian goats also makes them a perfect fit for those who want to raise dairy goats but have limited pasture. Last Spring we also welcomed our first LaMancha goat to the farm, and now have two LaManchas. Honeysuckle and Jade are big girl goats and a constant challenge to our fences and our fruit tree barriers. Our goats are raised on organic grain, local hay and alfalfa, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Anyone who has raised dairy animals knows it is a journey that is not for the faint of heart . . . it involves long hours, finding good homes each year for those babies, lots of dark cold mornings, the occasional heartache, and backbreaking work. — all for very little (if any) money. We raise these goats because we love them and because the mission to make cheese with humanely obtained milk is my life’s work.
What is a CSA? A CSA allows local farmers to develop a relationship of mutual support between themselves, their products, and the community in which they live. The CSA members pay the farmer an annual membership, which helps to cover farm production costs. In turn, members receive a regular share of the products produced at the farm.
What is a cheese CSA? A cheese CSA operates much like a fruit or vegetable CSA. Membership provides regular delivery of artisan cheese and other dairy products while helping to support and sustain a vision of diverse small-scale local farming.
How is our Cheese CSA different? Our CSA may cost a bit more than other cheese CSA’s. Our cost reflects the price of land and added expenses of raising farm animals in an urban area. We are a small operation out of necessity and choice. Our CSA is open to a small number of families each season. We continue to milk all the goats by hand and the cheese is crafted in small batches using herbs and flowers from our garden. The CSA share also includes dairy items other than cheese as well as a sampling of other products from the farm throughout the season as a part of each monthly share (see details below). Each family share also includes discounts on any additional purchased farm products.
Got Milk? The milk used in making all the cheese and other dairy products offered to members of our CSA is from humanely raised animals that graze on pasture. For the most part, all the milk used is organic. The goat milk is from our goats. The cow milk comes from Susie who is part of a family cow share experiment in Huntington Valley, Pa. The cow cream and the sheep milk are from an Amish farm in Chester County. The aged cheeses are made using organic raw milk. The fresh cheeses and other dairy products are made using milk that has been low-heat pasturized.
What do you get? Members will receive their share once every month from June until December. The share is available for pick up on the first or third week of each month. There are several share options available to choose from this year.
1. FULL CHEESE SHARE • NOT AVAILABLE IN 2013 • Cost: $235.00
2. CHEESE SAMPLER SHARE • June to December 2013 • Cost: $120.00
Farm Product Sampler:
Fresh and prepared items producted on the farm as available which may include honey, seasonal jams, seasonal savory items, goat milk soap, beeswax candle
All CSA members will receive a 20% discount on all offered classes. Details about the topics and dates for 2013 classes will be posted in Spring of 2013 on this website (www.shadyapplegoats.com).
Cheese Pick Up:
Pick up of shares will be at our house located in Flourtown, PA just off Bethlehem Pike and near Ft Washington State Park. Because of the fragile nature of cheese — esp in the heat of the summer — it makes the most sense that pick up is at our house where we can make sure things are well refrigerated and that all members are picking up their shares. I try to arrange CSA Groups based on friend network and location. If you would like help to arrange to be paired with a pick up “buddy” just let me know.
Some common questions: