Raw Milk Tomme

With each passing week, we here at Livewater Farm & Dairy get to experience the first cut of yet another new wheel of aged cheese. This breaking of rind brings about an excitement which is  often met with a satisfaction or even pleasant surprise.  As the cheese maker gains experience, the wheels age to maturity ad the conditions are continually being refined and re-tuned, cutting in to each wheel is a new and exciting learning experience, and it only gets better as we go along.

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An cut wheel of Raw Milk Tomme #1 ready for markets.
This 20 lb wheel was aged approximately 160 days and really embodies the flavor and texture in a cheese we strive for; semi-firm creamy and blooming with rich, natural earthy flavors from our 100% grass fed cows milk.

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The most recent of our explorations into the cave brought us this small wheel of tomme # 10. Aged about 96 days this younger wheel provides a youthful less blended array of flavors, with defined earthy tones.

As our cheese making adventure continues we will further refine and isolate those characteristics of the cheese we wish to purvey, this involves defining a size, constant conditions and defined term of aging. However experimentation is always important so make sure to join us at the farm or farmers markets each week to keep your pallet up to date with the Livewater Raw Milk Tomme.

Adventures Among the Bees

This past week we opened up the bee castle for the first time since the royalty arrived on Livewater farm. The bees have been busy since they were dropped here collecting nectar and pollinating all around the farm.

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A few puffs of smoke calms down the bees as I prepare to breach their home.

After about ten days I figured the bees would have filled out most of the available space. Upon opening the lid I could see the bees had started filling out three of the four new frames. This confirmed my anticipations of needing to add the new deep super with ten fresh frames so they could comfortably expand to the second floor.

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Once I had inspected to my satisfaction, I added the second box, careful sliding in over so as not to crush any of my new serfs. All the while puffing smoke to keep them calm.

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With additions complete I replaced the cover and admired by happily buzzing hive.

 

Tis’ the season

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Livewater Dairy’s Fresh Smoked Mozzarella: Moist and rich fresh mozzarella lightly smoked in natural hickory chips. Available fresh form the farm or find it at our Local Farmers Markets.

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The West River Farmers Market kicked off this past saturday, making it a beautiful start to the season and a beautiful memorial weekend.
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The farmers market has sushi!
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The Putney Farmers Market opened Sunday featuring rhubarb as our product of the month! We were also treated to a visit by the Morris dancers.

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Thanks Brittany from Mad Raddish CSA for hooking us up with a whole bunch of yellow storage onions, I stuck the sets as soon as i got home, just in time for the evening showers.