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Photo courtesy of Charity Lynne Burggraaf

At Sea Breeze Farm, lengthening of the days and the slightly warmer weather of February and March cause the grasses in our pastures to come out of dormancy, and allow our milk cows to eat less hay, and graze on pure, green grass.  Not only is the flavor and quality of the milk improved immensely, the cow’s production goes way up, and affords us the opportunity to make more delicious dairy-based products. Getting to produce these things for a dinner celebration lets us know that spring is close at hand.  This weekend, each item on our prix fixe menu will feature hand made dairy products that are produced with the utmost care and respect for beauty of the milk.  Join us for:

 

FIRST COURSE

prosciutto with fresh mozzarella and butter crackers

 

SECOND COURSE

ricotta gnudi with wild mushroom and shallot butter

 

INTERMEZZO

lemon/rosemary semifreddo

 

ENTREE

pork shoulder braised in buttermilk,

savoy cabbage and creme fraiche whipped potatoes

 

DESSERT

fresh bay leaf ice cream

shortbread tart with cream caramel

 

Friday and Saturday dinner service begins at 5:30pm.

Our a la carte menu  will also be available.

 

To make your reservation:

call us at 206.567.4628

 

Join us in tasting and celebrating the coming of Spring!

 

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Photo by Alex Earle

We have a baby to name.

A new calf, spry and healthy; a female that will eventually have a calf of her own and give countless gallons of milk in the years to come.  Born to first-time mama Pearl, who was also born on our farm a few years back, making her baby a third-generation addition to the bovine Sea Breeze Family.

The naming of a new cow is an honor, and it is the farm crew who ultimately enjoy the naming rights.  As they should; often they are the midwives of these new babes, witnessing and assisting with their arrivals, at times just hours before heading to the farmers’ market.  (Yes, our crew that serves you at the market booth are the same folks that work and run the farm.  Ask them about it.)  The names are also crucial for general livestock management; we do not pierce our cows’ ears with number tags, so their names are every bit as important and necessary as any human’s that is associated with the farm.

Lucy was our first cow –she was named by her previous owner– and remains the matriarch of the herd, always insisting on being milked first; a solo Holstein in a sea of Jerseys and Milking Shorthorns.  Then came Guadalupe (“Lupita”), then Teeny (our biggest cow), then Chocolate Soup.  Our daughter was three at the time, and Chocolate Soup was an accurately descriptive name of her rich coloring.  Chocolate Snow soon followed, also accurately descriptive of the cow’s mottled appearance, though considerably less appetizing.

Photo by Alex Earle

Names were given to subsequent calves in conjunction with the events of their births.  Magdalena (“Maggie”) was born Easter Sunday.  Cypress was named after the century-old tree that was taken down on her birth day.  Luna was born under a dramatic eclipse.  Strawberry born the weekend of her namesake’s festival.  Hussein came into this world the day The President was inaugurated.

At some point we turned to Country Western singers for naming inspiration.  Into our life marched Hank, Emmy Lou, & Dusty.  And now Pearl’s baby will most likely be dubbed Lucinda, Loretta or June.  George liked Dolly–we’re hoping for a big udder– but as a friend aptly pointed out, the calf is clearly a brunette.

Yet in all honesty, sometimes a carefully crafted given name simply gives way to a sticky nickname, as it is with humans from time to time.  Lucinda/Loretta/June might just be “Noodle” for the rest of her natural-born life on Sea Breeze Farm.  And so it goes.

Photo by Alex Earle

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist.  We can use the official term, a Livestock Nutrient Management Program.   Today’s adventure in alternative farming was all about just that.

Running a small scale, bio-diverse farm can be challenging in more ways than we can count.  One particular challenge is how virtually all regulatory and government entities are geared toward managing and monitoring very large factory farms.  For example, all large dairies have a big challenge with managing their cow manure. The manure is usually directed into a ‘manure lagoon’, which captures the waste and run-off from a confinement operation.  The manure is then mechanically stirred, aerated, and later used as fertilizer for the farm’s pastures and crops.  Managing the ‘manure lagoon’ is important, to control the nutrient run-off and protect water systems.  We get it.  That’s why the Washington State Department of Agriculture requires all dairies to have a Poop Plan in place.

But thankfully, we don’t have a ‘manure lagoon’, nor need anything close to it.  With less than 20 cows that are rotated around 40 acres of pasture, our Poop Plan consists of a wheel barrow and a shovel for the area around the milking parlor.  The two inspectors that visited Sea Breeze Farm today were there to develop our “Livestock Nutrient Management Program,” which essentially verifies our cow/pasture ratio is in balance.   It must look pretty different from what they are used to seeing.  The cows sleep in the fields and forests.   The land does not suffer overgrazing.  The chickens gladly spread the remaining cow pies.  and hopefully we receive the seal of approval from an agency, for a practice, that on our farm seems as easy as (cow) pie.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Living according to the plan

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Baggin’ Out

Step right up Step right up! Don’t be shy. We’ve got what you need, the miracle elixer to life: COLOSTRUM. Yep that’s right, in fluid form–unpasturized and unhomogenized.  Getting old? Got a belly ache? Losin’ your hair? Paranoid the cops are out to get you? Then try some COLOSTRUM!

OK, wait a sec.

Maybe it doesn’t cure paranoia. But I’m sure someone out there will say it does. There are a lot of people out there saying a lot of things about it. Even these two old hilarious white guys are getting in the fray:

We, at Sea Breeze Farm make no claims about what colostrum can offer. The modern dairy cow produces 3x-5x more milk than the calf could possibly drink. We must milk the newly lactating cow, or else the incredible amount of pressure in her full udder will not only cause pain but also, potentially, mastitis. Some people drink it because they like the flavor. Others drink it because of the potential health effects. I think it tastes great with rum.

Here is what some folks I’ve never met have to say about it:

Bovine colostrum from pasture-fed cows contains immunoglobulins specific to many human pathogens, including Escherichia coli, Cryptosporidium parvum, Shigella flexneri, Salmonella, Staphylococcus,[25]and rotavirus (which causes diarrhea in infants). Before the development of antibiotics, colostrum was the main source of immunoglobulins used to fight infections. In fact, when Albert Sabin made his first oral vaccine against polio, the immunoglobulin he used came from bovine colostrum.[26] When antibiotics began to appear, interest in colostrum waned, but now that antibiotic-resistant strains of pathogens have developed, interest is once again returning to natural alternatives to antibiotics, namely, colostrum.[27]

Feel free to send liz@seabreezefarm any questions you have regarding our dairy management practices.

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Hank the Tank & Townes

A note from Liz Coppola, our farm manager:

May I proudly present : Hank IV (aka Hank the Tank) by Ed out of Teeney, and Townes (aka Slim Jim) by Ed out of Truffle. Beautiful bull calves!! Dr. Thorne (our skilled big animal vet on the island) said in September that they were 5-6months along, guess it was 6! Maggie is also due any time in the next month or so–no sign yet, I am betting end of December. Which means lots of milk, cheese and cream for our loving customers. Unlike previous years, dairy production will not be slowing down (we won’t go down to 1x milking a day this year) so stay pumped about Sea Breeze dairy products this winter!

Townes + Tiny (the big one)

Hank the Tank

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estrellaSome cows are better mothers than others.  Lupita arrived at Sea Breeze Farm in 2003.  Today, we welcome her first grand daughter born at the farm, Lucia.  Lucia’s mother is Cypress, whose sister is Maggie.  Though this is Cypress’s ‘first-freshen’ she is doing great: attentive to her calf and to herself.  We are thrilled to witness this extraordinary process of creating a family of milkers at the farm.  If Lupita’s grand daughter is any where near the cow she is, Sea Breeze and its’ customers are in for quite a treat.

Please enjoy this quick video of our newest member: Lucia.

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How Now

Melba & Lupita

Melba & Lupita

Lupita’s calf Magdelena, was born on the farm several years ago was the first cow bred on the farm to produce milk on the farm.  For us, this is extremely cool.  Two Sea Breeze Farm bred heifers are set to calve next: Luna and Cypress.  They will ring in another wave of second generation SBF cows to calve here. We are thrilled about the new arrivals and will keep you posted on their births.

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