Saturday, July 11, 2009

Billy Goats Not so Gruff?

It's almost been a year since I've posted on this baby. Sorry about that. Full time teaching job, three kids, house to maintain. You know how it goes. I tried to keep up my local eating, but there has been no time for frivolities such as thinking or writing. Until summer vacation! Yippee.

For today's post, I'd like to tell you a little about goat's milk. Lucinda of Paradise Gardens and Farm was at the Farmers@Firehouse market in the strip district today with Goat milk, feta cheese, and chevre. She had samples out. I like chevre, so I was thinking about picking up some of that ($1 an ounce -- she has 6-12 ounce packages) up, when something on their handy dandy flyer caught my eye. And I quote, "Goat milk is easier on the lactose intolerant." The jury is still out on that, but I will let you know from first-hand experience.

As you may have guessed, I have become slightly lactose intolerant since last fall. It serves me right after I had spent years making fun of my sister, niece, and nephew for their eating handicap. My mother was lactose intolerant before I was born. I spent most of my twenties eating only dairy (since I was a vegetarian) and most of the rest of my life eating lots of it (since I love it so much). Sigh. It was bound to happen.

I've tried lact-aid, but it seems to bother my system, too. I'd never considered goat milk. I've always thought, eww, gross. But, she had samples. And it is milk. And it says right on the flyer, "our goat milk has no 'goaty' flavor." So I steeled myself and swigged some of the milk out of the tiny paper cup. Soon I was tapping the bottom of the cup to make sure I got every single drop out. The angels began to flit around my head, singing. Milk! You can drink it (maybe)! It tastes good! Honestly, it tastes just like cow's milk (from what I remember). But then she told me the price and the angels settled down a bit. $7.50 for a half gallon.

Barbara Kingsolver had a lot to say about the benefits of raising goats in her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle for those in developing countries. It's probably good here, too, as goats are known for being able to eat anything. This is whole milk, low-temperature pasteurized. Of course their goats are grass fed. And their website is very helpful: http://ParadiseGardensand Here is a link to an article about them in the Indiana Gazette. They were filmed for an episode on The Food Network.

Their products are available through a CSA, but also at the East End Co-op and Right by Nature.