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Livewater Farm and Dairy is sustainable – Dairy from 100% grass-fed cow’s milk, grass-fed beef, pastured chickens, free range eggs, milk-fed pork, garden vegies, maple syrup, and various canned goods

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Sunday Morning

Had the chance to take a few pictures during the storm this morning!

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The sky looked so amazing!

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Down by the grapevine…

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On the road to the sugar house..

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Horses don’t mind a little rain!

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Rain’s great for the market garden!

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Dried sage and cayenne peppers make great decor. And on the right, sunflower seeds to plant for next year.

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The weather cleared up just in time for the farmers market this afternoon in Putney!

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Turned out to be a great morning!

 

Back to the Fresh

What better use for the fresh tomatoes than homemade sauce? With fresh basil, garlic, and oregano from the gardens

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As of late, the tomatoes have been going towards this cause. This great investment because it’s easy. Just chop everything up, then throw it in a pot!

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Back to the fresh! You already know..

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Signature “marinated mozzarella” seen below. Fresh mozzarella in olive oil with black and red pepper, basil, oregano, thyme, and garlic spices from the gardens…

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At West River…

West River

Livewater Fresh

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The tomatoes are ripe and fresher than ever as we continue along through Summer. They’re high tunnel sheltered (seen above) to ensure protection for harvest. We grow table-top tomatoes, and “rose tomatoes” – a member of the heirloom family, comparable to the brandy-wine class

The stairway and high tunnel entrance (seen below) we use for daily travel…

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Table-tops up close…

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Behind this next bunch of table-tops, we can see rose tomatoes

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Rose tomatoes are named after their color and surface texture. Like all heirloom varieties, they’re much larger and less acidic than table-tops

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Moving right along to fresh basil, a great compliment

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And fresh mozzarella, made with our 100% grass fed cows milk

 

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Try the fresh for yourself at the farm stand. And be sure to come see us about the fresh at the Brattleboro and West River farmers markets every Saturday, and the Putney market every Sunday – all summer long!

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The Bees

This has been quite the summer for production amongst our bees. So far we have already endured two separate bee swarms- a natural occurrence a colony will undergo when maximum storage capacity has been reached. Roughly 60% of the bees will split under the guidance of the queen bee with all the honey spoils to a new location scouted by drone bees, leaving the remaining bees to reconstruct the old hive under the guidance of a new queen that the previous queen will hatch before her departure. We were not able to forecast that our bees would swarm after their first two weeks of operating under a two layer hive setup, and the bee swarm was lost to the great abyss of nature.

It’s an ongoing job to manage storage frames and prevent their honey bee quarters from becoming too tight. To fortify the hive with plenty of space, we installed a third level on top to give the bees additional storage frames.

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But even three layers just wasn’t enough to accommodate for the rapid bee production of Summer 2016, and two weeks after the first swarm, we underwent a second unforeseen occurrence…

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A second swarm! Tens of thousands of the bees have split yet again in search of a new home. As seen in the picture above, they have set up camp here on this sleigh while they await new coordinates from drone bees on where to settle next.

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But not so fast! We successfully embarked upon a treacherous and high risk mission to infiltrate their base camp and encapsulate the queen and her serfs in this box, thus claiming back our right of ownership to the colony.

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After the mistake of losing the first swarm, we underwent the initiative of building a neighboring hive to give our remaining bees a ye old castle to settle in.

trials to be continued….

Producer of the Month

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July 2016 is publicity month for Livewater Dairy at the Brattleboro Food Co-op – Brookside Plaza, 2 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Be sure to stop in and get the cheese at reduced sale prices this week! The uptick in recent exposure has kept us very busy as we have been working overtime to match expectation. Featured cheese products include fresh mozzarella (seen above), and this most recent wheel of raw milk tomme (below) that has been summoned from the depths of our cheese cave. Both on sale at the Bratt Co-op all week long! The link at the bottom provides information about our rise to fame as producer of the month.

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Livewater Dairy- producer of the month!

http://www.brattleborofoodcoop.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=618:producer-of-the-month-livewater-dairy&catid=10:newsletter&Itemid=13

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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.

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.