When you are in business making goat milk lotions, creams and soaps, such as I am, you are required to have lots of milk available. Earlier this summer our mamma goats gave us 14 new born babies. So of course, over the summer we re-homed them because we just don’t have the acreage to accommodate that many new goats each year. During that time, we met Kathy and Jim. Kathy started emailing me in March inquiring about the new kids, and sharing with me that she wanted to purchase several from us when the time was right. They came to visit several times and finally went home with five kids and plenty of goat milk to bottle feed their new herd. We kept in touch throughout the summer with fun pictures and updates on the progress the kids were making. Even reports on the new barn that Jim had built for the goats, including the new “goat” weather vane he installed on the top. It was clear to me that these two loved their goats, and it always warmed my heart that these kids went to a perfect home. Then on Friday late afternoon, October 16th, I received a text from Kathy asking if they had to evacuate, could they bring the goats back to our farm? Kathy and Jim live west of Horsetooth Reservoir, west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Shocked, reading this, of course, I said yes! That evening Lee and I watched the Denver news trying to get information about the Cameron Peak fire and just how close was it to the Horsethooh area. As we watched, and searched the Denver television stations, it became clear that the news about the fire was the wind made it difficult to fight, and the Metro area would be impacted by smoke, which might interfere with trail running and bike riding. Then at 2:34, Saturday afternoon, the call came from Kathy, “we are on our way!! We lost our house this afternoon!" Just hearing those words, I began to cry. I cannot imagine watching my home of 30 years burn to the ground. They escaped with only a few things, and of course, their goats. Lee and I quickly got to the barn and began to prepare it for the soon arriving goats. Lee jumped into the tractor and quickly cleaned the pen and I gathered straw, feed and water. Quite honestly, we have never worked so fast before! With in 45 minutes of the devastating phone call, Kathy and Jim arrived towing their precious cargo. Tears and hugs exchanged, we worked together to get the goats settled in their new home for the winter. We assured them that they were welcome any time to come to the farm and visit their kids. Kathy and Jim finally said their goodbyes to their goat family, maybe one of the hardest thing they had to do. So, when you are at our farm and wonder why did Lee and Dawn move the swing in front of the goat’s pen? You will know, it’s there to give Kathy and Jim a place to sit and spend time with their goat herd.
As a foot note, my family has encourage me throughout the Covid pandemic to start to blog on my web site. This event yesterday, has inspired me now to share some of the events and stories from the farm. I hope you will check back soon, because there are lots of stories to tell.
Since I last sat down to share a few thoughts, a lot has happened here on our little slice of heaven. Starting in March, as planned, kidding season began. Late nites, early mornings and even a couple of sleepless nites, but in the end 13 babies were born. Milking began shortly there after. We allow the babies to stay with their mothers for a few weeks, then separate them. We of course continue to bottle feed them with their mother's milk and also introduce alfalfa to them. Now that they are all about 3 months old, it will be time for them to move to their new home on a cattle ranch in Wyoming were they will graze in open pastures. In early May, the bee boxes arrived. That is always an exciting time and a little nerve racking. As of current, the new bees are happy and busy! One side note, if a swarm is spotted in Norther Colorado, please contact us , we love to capture swarms. Gardens are tilled and planted. I always think about the quote that describes a Gardner as the the" eternal optimist", you have to be because why would you plant year after year? Of course, we always have one eye is on the sky watching for Summer storms that rack havoc in no time at all. It is not uncommon this time of year either to see Lee glancing at his weather app on his phone watching the radar, then deciding if we will miss this cell or not. Summer time also means Market time! We have a packed schedule again this year, always love visiting with our clients and of course meeting new ones. We have a couple of new products this year, Goat Milk Body Cream and Goat Milk Bath. Both are wonderful and I hope you will try them. Please check the "Home" page to see our schedule and I hope to see you soon. d.
Love comes in many different sizes, shapes,and forms each day. From a cup of coffee brought to you in bed, or someone doing your evening chores for you, Love on the farm is always present. We have a beautiful one eyed black cat in the barn, Uno , she is so friendly and kind. Most of the barn cats scatter when the door opens, but not Uno. She loves to be held and her ears rubbed, she loves to be loved. Who doesn't? This Valentines Day show the one's you love how much you love them with our beautiful goat milk lotions! From the beginning to the end, all of our products come from the animals we love most, our goats. So share the love, on all orders $50.00 or more, we will ship for free!
Dawn til Dusk Gifts From the Farm was created eight years ago in Northern Colorado. My husband, Lee, and I were rebounding from a devastating blow to our family, and when we landed on this small and very old farm our healing began. Here on the farm we realized that we could begin again and recreate ourselves. Or better yet be the people we always knew we were, and now we could live the life we always craved. I always have loved cooking, and finally, now I had the opportunity to raise dairy goats and make goat cheese. After many failed attempts, I tried one more time, concentrating on the directions. When I reached the end of the recipe, it read "if your cheese looks like ricotta, then you need a new brand of milk." So, with that in mind, I took my daughters advice and began making goat milk lotions and soaps. The moral of the story is, I make our soap and lotion and we buy the cheese!