We are a small, family owned farm raising chickens, Nubians, Mini-Nubians and Nigerian Dwarf goats. Our main goal is to produce quality milkers, suitable for the small farm or even suburban farmette. Our Nigerians are small, but carefully selected from quality milking lines. We selected our base stock of Nubians from Kori-Brook Dairy goats, who are well known for their quality Nubian lines.
We believe in selecting only top quality goats to raise and breed, as it can be difficult to breed out issues from goats that are difficult in conformation, temperament or poor milkers.
We believe in keeping our herd small in order to keep each goat healthy. We know the personalities of our goats well by ensuring that we spend time with them. Every Fruit Tart goat spends time cuddling with us, learning to walk on a lead and of course, learning to stand well on the milking stand. Even our young does take a turn eating on the milking stand so that when the time comes, they will be ready and willing milkers.
We believe that if you've never tasted fresh goats milk, you're most likely missing something. Sometimes the goats milk that you find in a store is "goaty" tasting or tastes like "animal". This is not the taste with fresh goats' milk (unless the goats have eaten something funny). In fact, the milk that our animals produce tastes just like cows milk...but sweeter. Much of that is the high butterfat percentage in the milk.
We believe that higher butterfat milk makes the best cheese, fudge and other products. Both Nubians and Nigerians are known for their quality and quantity of butterfat. We selected these as we do make cheese, cream, fudge and cajeta (also known as Dulce de Leche, a caramel treat). Higher butterfat milk is necessary for all of these delightful recipes. We do, however, own a cream separator and will separate milk from the cream in order to have milk that is closer to 2% (and of course, wonderfully thick goats milk cream).
We believe that happy chickens create the best eggs! Our chickens free range over our acreage and are a lovely flock of 25. They are enjoyable to watch as well as providing us with farm fresh eggs. We chose Black Sexlinks, as you are able to tell the sex of the chick at hatching with them, and we didn't want a ton of roosters! We do have one rooster, who does a wonderful job of defending his hens, and though sometimes we wish he wouldn't defend them from us, with the number of hawks in our area, he's worth his weight in gold.
We believe that only by knowing your farm, knowing your farmer, and understanding the animals that are producing it, you can be assured of safe, quality, healthful foods.