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An Awesome Book from an Unlikely Source

A few years back, we had some new neighbors come visiting. Nice family, who had scored a pretty good deal on an old homestead 4 or so miles from us. Around here, you’re a neighbor if you live within about 15 miles of us.

Turns out these neighbors have been pretty successful in their ventures, having transformed much of the old homestead into a small working farm.

This past spring, another new neighbor handed me a book to read. She said nothing about it except that she wanted me to have it, and to read it. She’s a bit of a prepper, so I figured by the title that it would be something about survival… and because it included “the death of the dollar”, I figured it would be a good idea to sit down and read it sooner, rather than later.

Crashed: The Death of the Dollar by William Cooper

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Traditional Mexican Cajeta Project Live on Indegogo

Now’s your opportunity to get some “beta cajeta”, the first jars of our Traditional Mexican Cajeta. All you have to do is contribute to our Indegogo project.

We’re raising $1500 to help us get our product tested and approved for sale by Utah State University. This is a necessary step as they will issue us a certificate by letter that we may produce our product in our commercial kitchen to the specifications we described to them, along with their stipulations.

Now, since it won’t cost us all that money to get the product approved, we’ll also use some of the funds to design and produce our jar labels as well as a video so we can move on to bigger and better projects.

Here’s how you can help us, whether you choose to donate to our Indegogo project or not.

  • If you are able,

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Cajeta Project Update

Bet ya’ thought I was too busy to make Cajeta. Never gonna happen as Mom is hooked on the gooey sweet stuff.

The recipe is pretty much perfected for one gallon batches. Once it’s tested for Water Activity by Utah State University, I’ll be able to concentrate on raising money to build the commercial kitchen.

Going from 1/2 gallon to 1 gallon batches was quite interesting. It’s taken considerable effort to discover the proper times to add and remove the cinnamon sticks, add the vanilla, and thenĀ  cook to the proper consistency. Without serious technical equipment, I have to rely on sight, smell, how the mixture drips off the spatula, and the temperature. Being at better than 5000 ft altitude has played a significant role, as water boils around 202 degrees.

So, I am currently developing an “Indegogo” project to help with some initial equipment and the cost of the product testing and label design and approval.

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Cajeta: the nectar of the heavens

Have you ever tasted something that you thought must be the nectar of the heavens? Yes? Then you know “cajeta”!

No? Then you really need to search some out. Better yet, contact me and I’ll see about getting you some.

Since Four Country Gals is raising milk goats, I was looking into a cheese venture. However, after carefully planning, pricing, checking on all the regulations, considering the market, and looking at my competition, I’ve chosen to back away from the goat cheese venture.

However…
I’ve found a much better use for goat milk. Combine it with sugar, cook it for hours until it caramelizes, add some flavoring, and you’ve got a taste of heaven.

Now, cajeta is a traditional Mexican desert sauce. It’s most famous home is Celaya, a small town in central Mexico where dulcederos ply their wares, making goat milk caramel by the copper pot full right on the street.

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Posted in Around the farm, Cedar City Farmer's Market
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4 Week Market Subscription now available

It’s official. We’re doing the “4 Week Market Subscription” plan.

Bev will be at the IFA (in the same shopping center as Staples) Saturday, Feb 16 with Mom’s Farm Fresh Brown Eggs. Our hens have been incredibly busy. That’s the regular location of the Year ‘Round Farmer’s Market.

She will have flyers there, explaining the details. It’s really pretty simple.

You pay $40, and then you get to shop 15 minutes before the markets open, getting first pick of your choice of veggies, eggs or berries (in season). You can choose any number and kinds of items totaling $12. You get a 20% discount for committing to a month’s worth of Certified Organic Produce, eggs, and berries.

If you have a large family, just double your purchase to $80, and you’ll get to select $24 worth of stuff each week.

As you may remember,

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    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
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    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
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    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
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    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.

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