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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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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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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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