Monday, May 24, 2010

A Visit to the Dungeness Valley Creamery

I am on a quest to get back to a way of life
like I grew up in on my Grandparents Farm.
We had our own milk cows, my Grampa used to
run a small dairy farm. I milked cows and made
butter from the fresh cream risen from the
raw, unprocessed milk.
Since I have been married, we have had beef cattle
but no milk cows. I am hoping to get some goats and/or
sheep and would like to milk them, and perhaps even a little Jersey cow.
Until that dream is realized, I will need to purchase the milk.
I recently discovered that farm fresh, raw unprocessed milk
is delivered to a drop point in our little town from the
Dungeness Valley Creamery in Sequim, Washington.
I will purchase my milk from them until I can get my own.
I hope to make my own yogurt, butter, sour cream and maybe even
try my hand at cheese!
We were invited to an open house at the Dairy and I just couldn't
pass up the opportunity to see just where my milk was coming from.
Come along with the Gentleman Farmer and I on our little visit,
won't you please?
~*~

The view from the farm in the beautiful Dungeness Valley.

We were greeted by sweet little calves on this glorious sunshiny day!





Newborns, only a day or two old, in the barn.




Curious!

'Elementary' age!


Eating up the sweet alfalfa hay.



Below ~ teenagers!

They name all their girls.
This is Edith!


No wonder the milk is so sweet and delicious ~
they can help themselves to a snack of molasses
(to which I believe minerals have been added.)

Heifers
(Young ladies in waiting. A heifer is a young female
cow that has not had a calf. You can only get milk
from a cow that has recently had a calf.)

Lunchtime!


Some of the ladies who deliver the goods!



The milking parlor.
So nice and clean!



Happy, healthy cows produce healthy, delicious milk!


Testimonials ~







So good it makes you smile!
~*~
"I have come down to deliver them...to a good and spacious land,
to a land flowing with milk and honey"
Exodus 3:8

12 comments:

Simply Heart And Home said...

I would love to visit that sweet dairy. It looks so clean and the animals look healthy and happy! You always read such horror stories about animal abuse. It is wonderful to see a nice place with lovely animals. :)

Gina

~ Maria ~ said...

Yes, there is nothing like fresh milk, unprocessed and just delicious :) Yummm!

Here in the cottage, my boys art teacher is a dairy farmer, and she is gracious enough to share 2 gallons of this delicious nectar with us :) All I do is bake her a loaf of bread...I think we are getting the better part of the deal - hummm...

I really like your new look. You always change your place and spruce it up so nicely! :)

May Our Lord bless you & keep you,

Maria

Christa said...

I love your pictures!
It great that you found a source for fresh raw milk.
BTW, I have a friend who lives in Sequim, Wa. :0)

Christa

Nadine said...

Oh, what fun...they're adorable! I will need to check to see if there are any local ones near us that sell milk - yum!

Blessings!
~Nadine

The Watts Family said...

Wonderful Pictures ~How neat to visit where your milk comes from ~Blessings Heather

KayC. said...

I love SEQUIM!(I graduated from Sequim High school) I could go on and on about Sequim, from the mountains on one side to the sound on the other,to the lavender fields and places like the Creamery. Thank you for the photos they have brought back sweet memories!

Marqueta said...

Dear Lady Farmer,

What sweet babies! I love their liquid eyes and long eyelashes; so feminine!

The dairy is indeed in a beautiful location, what a treat to have that resource available near you.

Thank you for sharing with us.

Love,

Marqueta

Ivory Spring said...

What a nice little visit! I love the pictures of the calves... and I am thoroughly impressed by how clean the facility is.

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Oh my ~what a fun little tour you gave us. Thank you for sharing. I too~would like a jersey cow but our daughter lives in Washington. It is so far away and we have a hard time now leaving the animals we have. I am praying God will move them closer.
Hope you are having a good start to your week.
Blessings~
Carrie

Sharon said...

Dear Raeann,

Oh how I would have loved to have gone on this field trip with you! Oh, I hope some day to have a cow, my heart is set on a mini-jersey (we don't need several gallons a day :)) These coes are so sweet! What little cuties :)

I'm glad that you are going to try raw milk again (I remember you mentioning a bad experience). We have been drinking it for the past 2-3 years and love it. It's so much better for our digestive systems and oh my the cream!

Thans for sharing your day with us and all of the lovely photos :)

Love,
Sharon

vicki said...

what a fabulous place to visit - and the view !!! - wonderful vistas! Such a fun place - I could be so happy there!

Thanks for posting about the little nest give away -
hugs to you form me~~~

vicki

American Home said...

This looks wonderful! My children would love this. I am going to try and find a dairy to visit in my area. Thanks for the perfect idea.

Blessings,
Donna