The Milk Line - Connecting you to WSDC
Sunday Feb. 9th
It continues to be very cold and snowy here in Wisconsin. Our farms that have been lambing are running our of room in their warm barns since they do not want to put those little ones out in the cold. The farms that are going to start lambing are hoping the ewes hold off until we have at least above zero temps.
Milk production this month is all going into WSDC cheese. Look for Pecorino, Veneto and Somerset in wheel form sometime in September. If you are lover of blue cheese, look for "Blue Hills Blue" a 100% sheep milk blue for sale in October. This blue will rate right up there with the finest Roqueforts.
The web-store will be up and running by next Sat. the 8th. I hope there are no glitches and it will be so much more "user friendly". Many more cheese and weight options to choose from.
All for this week, keep warm and think "SPRING!" Oh, and of course, keep eating sheep milk cheese :) Add comment
Here in Wisconsin it is below zero with a nasty wind right out of the northwest. Many of our farms are lambing right now so we have very sleep deprived shepherds.
Milk production is going well and we have our "Sheep Jack" being made this Monday. Sheep Pepper Jack, Sheep Jack - Olive and Sheep Jack - Onion and Chive, my favorite for grilled cheese. Oh Yum!
We were busy filling cheese orders last week, one pallet to California and another to Chicago. For you folks in the Chicago area, watch for WSDC cheese sampling at your local Whole Foods. We also filled many smaller orders for shops and direct to consumers, love you guys :)
Watch for our new web based cheese shop to be up and running in a week or two. We will have a link here that will take you there.
All for this week, I need to go and check on my own lambs. Add comment
We have an awesome group of farmers that take their sheep dairies very seriously and all they want to do is make a living off the land. I myself am the lamb raiser on our farm and I am not beyond getting down right sloppy dirty helping a ewe give birth and getting the little ones in, dried off, warmed up and "tanked up" with either fresh or frozen colostrum. Lambing has begin for us.
Some of our farms have been lambing for a few weeks now and our first milk shipment goes this Sunday. Never ceases to amaze me when the bulk truck comes and sucks that milk out of the bulk tank, all from our ewes. Wow.
A few new products that we have this year are the Sheep Pepper Jack, we had just 80 pounds made last year and anyone that likes "Pepper Jack" loves the sheep milk version. Yogurt! Can't wait! We are starting with plain and vanilla in the 16 oz. size container. That will be available March 15th.
All for this week. Have a good one! Add comment
Sheep Milk and Sheep Milk Cheese produced by the small family farms of the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative.
The Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Co-op is a premier maker of artisinal sheep milk cheese and the single largest source of high quality sheep milk for cheese plants in the United States. Comprised of 8 family farms, the co-op ships sheep milk as far east as New York State and as far west as California. WSDC has the most stringent quality standards in the industry and a great affinity for the cheese-maker's perspective and requirements.
The business of the WSDC will be conducted by individual members and the cooperative with respect, integrity and sincere consideration for our members and their families, our customers and suppliers, our communities, our animals, and our land. We believe this will establish industry standards for promoting highly-valued sheep dairy products.
Dante honored at 2006 -2011 American Cheese Society Awards and in U.S. Championship Cheese Contest
Mona honored at the 2007, 08 and 09 American Cheese Society Awards.
Dante Lamb honored at 2008 American Cheese Society Conference awards.