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Let’s Catch Up – So much to Share

It’s been awhile so I’ll catch everyone up on the life and times of Zorn family farms.

The Elizabeth Celtic festival was fun but it was so hot, customers were lethargic and it affected sales.  We learned a lot, met some great people and had some good food.  We will do it again next year with new ideas.

Much to everyone’s delight, our son, Michael, moved home. We have missed him and will put him to work.  Michael has decided to grow mushrooms on the farm, which will provide us with some very interesting possible combinations.   He has researched the subject thoroughly and with his organization skills, we have no doubt that he will be great at it and a good addition to the farm.

 

We have been invited to other farmers markets, and now that Michael is here, we have the manpower to do two markets on the same day.

It’s also nice to have extra help in kitchen, I get to boss everyone, one of my favorite things, (I’m also very good at it)

I had the opportunity to listen to a noted farmer, and author, who has reawakened long lost farming techniques and has tons of information that we will be able to use on the farm.  I spent the day listening to him speak and show specific samples, but I will go further into the visit in a later post, soon.  It was a fantastic experience.

 

We set up on Friday at the Farmers market in Woodland Park.  It’s a small place the back side of Pikes Peak at 8500 feet.  It’s a market with produce and craft vendors, yet no one else selling cheese, so we will try it for a while.   We really enjoyed the people there.

We are still selling large amounts of feta, cream cheese and cottage cheese.  Once people taste these cheeses made with no additives, they can’t get enough.

Farmer’s Market Season Begins

Time for an update, but I’m going to step back a bit.  The Wednesday Before Farmers market, the health dept. inspector decided my cheese could not be sold because my fridge wasn’t cold enough!  You can’t make cheese in a cold fridge.

I did what I usually do when in a panic, I called my mom.  “You know how to handle this” is what she said.  She was right.  I called Ron, who never panics.  He is an action guy.

It seems the dept. of agriculture is in charge of us, and not the local health dept.  This really nice guy jumped right in and had us ok’d and ready to go by Friday morning.

Farmers market was fun.  We met lots of really nice people, got some good contacts, and actually made some money.

I didn’t realize that my brother, Matt, is such a super salesman.  My cream cheese is his favorite.  He urged people to try it by handing them a tasting spoon and raving about the cheese.  I love the look people get on their faces when they try fresh cream cheese for the first time.  Needless to say, we sold a lot of cream cheese.  Unfortunately, with no preservatives, the cheese doesn’t keep well and I will have to dispose of the leftovers.

I cut one of my little bries and it is all runny and perfect.   I will try not to eat my profits.

I’ve picked up two more wholesale customers, a deli and a caterer.  I’m working hard to get my cheeses and our name known so when I get my own store, they will know me and come to me.

Now, back to getting ready for Farmers market again.  Hopefully we learned a few things.  I’ll let you know.

If you can, please come down and see us at the market.  We would love to talk to all of you that are following us.  Thank you for the support.

Changes to the Site

I just wanted to let all of our followers know that there will be some changes to the website over the next couple weeks.  These are all good things, and are just to show that we are moving to that next step of maturity.  We now have cheese wheels aging in our “cheese cave” and need to be sure that we are ready to support the sales side of the business as soon as the cheese is ready to eat.  As we move forward, please keep the feedback coming, we appreciate hearing how our decisions look from your side, and promise to listen.   Keep tuned in, and share in our trek.

Our Mission, In Ron’s words……

To join with nature in creating products having the quality and value lost from years gone, yet using the advances offered by the modern world’s technology and education allowing us to share with more people.

 

For those of you that KNOW us, this seems like kind of a strange thing for him to say. However, I’ve always known that Ron cared deeply about all of this. We, for years, have been thinking of ways we could give back to our community and share the great life and happiness that we have found.

We have huge plans in this regard. While we don’t want to farm so we can be poor, our real focus is- How can we help?

I don’t want to give anything away, but in the next few years to come, we will hopefully, make some real impact on other peoples lives.

Remember, all of this started because I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be a Cheesemaker.

I looked to see if there is a better word for that, there isn’t. It describes exactly what I want to do, be and become one of the best at.

We decided to have our own cows rather than buy milk because if I know what the cows are eating, how they are treated, and how the milk is obtained, I can make the best cheese possible. Our cheese will be classified Farmstead because we use our own milk. It’s also classified as Artisan Cheese because I am making small batches, by hand.