People ask me, “How do you do it all?” And I give the standard answers: sleep isn’t that important, or we don’t own a television, or that it really isn’t that hard. But the truth is, it is hard. Doing all of this – it’s hard.
When Spencer and I were dating, we went out to Panther Falls up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was Thanksgiving and we were looking for the Aura Borealis. It was our first kiss and from that moment we spoke of our futures as one. And in our newly joined future, we agreed we’d own goats. Such a tiny detail then, there in the dark on a chilly boulder while the water churned below us and the stars shone brightly above.
Sometimes you know you’re doing something wrong even though you’re doing everything correctly. I have felt like that for a good while. We have been going through the motions, barely able to be civil with one another, as we trudge through our chores. But this is what I chose, what we chose together.
I’m faced with the question of if it is worth it.
Is this what a dairymaid’s life is like? I thought the worst of it would be hauling huge milk pails weighing 30-40 pounds each. As I scrub dairy equipment, as I tend cheese nee milk, as I wrap individual cheeses and as I stand for hours hocking my product; is it worth it?
Did all the money and time Spencer put into fencing fields and building shelters, or the hours spent milking both morning and night each day mean we would automatically succeed? No, but we have given this business our all.
As most of you know, we had an insane amount of male goats born this year. And when our goats died, almost all of them were female, leaving the number of bucklings growing each day in proportion. The only option left is to sell them as meat. There’s not a high demand for goat meat in Rockbridge County. Yet. Most people have never had goat and aren’t sure they want to. So, we have devised a Plan B to supplement Plan A, the dairy.
Plan B: This 4th of July, at the VMI Parade Grounds we will be selling goat kebabs. And you will love them. We are setting up a stand and grilling tasty, lean, good for you meat on a stick. Fresh ingredients, a great (secret recipe) sauce, the option of goat cheese. And, of course, local goat meat.
So if you want to have a memorable Independence Day come try something that will liberate your taste buds. Your tummy will thank you, and we will too.