Guys. I don't mean to alarm anyone.
But there's only one month left in 2016.
Last weekend we marched in the Downtown Olympia Parade with Bjorn and Toto our pack goats. In true Pacific Northwest fashion it was raining, and a little cold, but that didn't quite stop us. From left to right: Me with Bjorn and Toto. The elf with the sunglasses behind me is Noah. He's our good friend and also founder of Good Therapy, a site dedicated to helping people find the right therapist. His two kiddos are dressed in green. Behind him is Matthew, aka, the hottest elf, and then Matthew's brother Leo (who is holding Giz) and Alec. Leo and Alec both live on the farm and work in the dairy. I got them those matching jumpsuits thinking they could use them when they make cheese but now that I see them on they kind of look like they broke out of Christmas prison. Baby Banzai was asleep in the wagon.
Things are starting to wind down here at the farm as we get ready to dry the girls off. We've stopped farmer's market and are drying the girls up in just a couple weeks. Before we do though, we're opening the farm up one last time for our Holiday Pop Up Shop.
Our little elves have been busy making lots of treats:
- Goat Milk Charcoal Activated Soap: Perfect for scrubbing out all the impurities from your skin
- Goat Milk Lotion: So luxurious!
- Hand Painted Signs: Bring a little bit of The Farmstead home with you
- Chevre: We'll have our classic chevre but we'll also have our Honey Vanilla and, debuting this weekend, our Garlic Thai Pepper Chevre, perfect for the holiday party circuit.
- Goat Yogurt: Yum! We're excited to offer this for sale. It was the first solid food we fed Banzai and our whole family eats it every morning for breakfast. It's also great for adding to smoothies, and last night I used it as a base to make a really nice sausage gravy.
- Truffles: Our truffles were such a huge hit last open farm day we're excited to offer them again.
- Honey: Our amazing friends will be on site selling their local raw honey.
Here's the details:
Our farm's address is:
5504 Cross Creek Lane NE Olympia, Washington 98516
However, if you put that address into your GPS it will get you lost. We recommend everyone put our neighbors The Bodhi House into their GPS. Their address is:
4846 Johnson Point Rd NE Olympia, Washington 98516
As you are about to hit that address you will see a street, just on your right hand side, called Cross Creek Lane NE. Turn down that and head all the way back. If you see Puget Road on your right you went too far, but not by much. Pop a u-turn and then take a left onto Cross Creek Lane NE. We're asking that everyone park outside of our gate at the roundabout and walk back (we have very little parking space down by the barn and want it to be as safe as possible for the tiny humans running around).
What to Wear:
This is a WORKING FARM. And it's been raining. We strongly suggest you wear shoes that mesh well with this idea.
What to Expect:
Our Open House is free. Both Matthew and I will be onsite to give tours of our farm along with Alec, Leo and Giz.
You can expect to see our our unoffical mascot, the turkey who follows everyone around, pigs and their now teenage piglets, peacocks, guinea hens, quail, and of course, the goats!
We have three dogs on this farm. This is their home. I always assume it goes without saying but, let me say it just for the record. Please leave your pets at home. We absolutely want to see you but we prefer to keep our visitors to the human variety.
Aspin Photography has invited Santa to come to The Farmstead for some private Santa Sessions. She still has a few spots available if you'd like to contact her!