Local Farmers, Local Food: Visit to a Creamery

Visit to Blue Moon Bend Farm & Creamery // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

“Don’t come home with a goat,” my husband admonished as the Pixie and I left to visit Blue Moon Bend Farm & Creamery in Marion, New York.

Now, I’ll admit that I have been known to impulse-purchase flowers and herbs (I mean, you can’t have too much catmint, right?), but a goat? That is a different matter entirely. There is no way I would just randomly buy a goat.

Of course, that was before the Pixie met Elsa. (Yes, that would be Else named after the character in the movie Frozen [affiliate link], the Pixie’s end-all-be-all, I sing “Let It Go” nine times a day, Elsa. Naturally.)

No! We didn’t buy a goat. We did buy some really delicious cheese though!

The Pixie and Elsa at Blue Moon Bend Farm & Creamery // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers  It was a beautiful day for a drive out into the country; everything was fresh and young. Cows were out grazing on lush grass, the orchards were painted pink and white with apple blossoms, and many people were outside working on their gardens.

Blue Moon Bend Farm & Creamery, located on a 28 acre farm in Marion, New York, is owned and run by Jim and Joanne. I had known Joanne growing up, but we had lost touch, and it was so wonderful to reconnect and catch up at her beautiful farm!

The Pixie and I took a quick tour and learned a little about milking goats and making cheese. Blue Moon Bend is a true micro-creamery–they are only milking 22 goats–so the tour really was quick. The goats are grass-fed, and outside, weather permitting, on this sustainable farm. They do not use any sort of antibiotics or artificial hormones, and their goats are completely GMO-free!

And then on to the cheese-sampling! Blue Moon Bend makes their artisanal cheeses in 10 gallon batches, so they have the ability to experiment a bit, and the results are amazing.

The Pixie was most impressed with Frost Moon (a cheese similar to feta), while I liked the Snow Moon (similar to chevre) best. And the fresh-made mozzarella was pretty darn delicious, too! They also make a number of other cheeses, and try to pair the cheese with the season: feta in the spring when fresh greens abound, mozzarella during tomato season, and harder cheeses in the fall.

If you are interested in trying some of their cheeses, they are offering a CSA this summer, and will be at several local Farmers’ Markets between Rochester and Syracuse, including the Brighton Farmers Market. Check out Blue Moon Bend’s website for more info!

Blue Moon Bend Farm & Creamery // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 The highlight of our trip–at least as far as the Pixie was concerned–was following Joanne up a dandelion-spotted hill to meet the baby goats–including Elsa. Blue Moon Bend had 30 kids this year (and two more since our visit!), many of which were playing together when we arrived.

The Pixie got to climb right in and join them!

Blue Moon Bend Farm & Creamery // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

As adorable as Elsa was–and as cute as she and the Pixie were together–we did not bring Elsa home! We did bring home some of the feta and chevre cheeses, which my husband and the Boy also loved!

 Many thanks to Jim and Joanne of Blue Moon Bend Farm & Creamery for letting us visit! Be sure to check out their website to learn more about their sustainable farming practices, and their wonderful cheese.

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14 Responses to Local Farmers, Local Food: Visit to a Creamery

  1. daisy says:

    What a fabulous field trip! Looks like the Pixie may have goat farming in her future! Enjoy!

  2. Julia says:

    I love trips to see farms where our food comes from! I’m not sure who enjoys them more–me or my kids!

  3. What adorable photographs of Pixie and the goats, Christine. It looks like you had a lovely day. I always enjoy reading about small farms and artisanal producers like Blue Moon Bend Farm and Creamery. It’s what Hearth and Soul is all about 🙂 Thank you for sharing your post with us.

  4. Hi Christine,
    Thank you for sharing your trip to Blue Moon Bend Farm and Creamery with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! What a delightful day at the farm. It is such a pleasure to know that they use sustainable farming practices and that they are offering a CSA this summer.

  5. Great post!! Love seeing wonderful local places!!

    Thanks for the visit!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

  6. Nancy W says:

    Sounds like a fun visit to Blue Moon Bend and what a cute little goat! Thank you for sharing your post on the HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again tomorrow! – Nancy The Home Acre Hop

  7. I can see my husband saying the same thing to me. I went to a Chicken Swap once to grab “a hen or two” and came back with 2 hen, 2 ducks, a rooster and a guinea pig. I don’t visit creameries for that reason 🙂 Thank you for sharing on Green Thumb Thursday and make sure you come by and share again today!

  8. Thanks for sharing last week on Mostly Homemade Mondays! If you get a minute, hop over today and link up a few more of your favorite posts: http://www.thesustainablecouple.com/2014/06/mostly-homemade-mondays-week-83.html

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