Fall is upon us. What better way to ring in this new season than with a couple of farmers, a cheese maker and two darling little girls. Throw in some very cute animals, lots of tasty cheese and good belly laughs and it made for a perfect, very rainy Monday.
I had the pleasure of spending the day with David and Alyssa of Plenty Wild Farms earlier this week who I met through Lydia and Rachel of Cropthorne Farm. David is a farmer and Alyssa a chef and cheese maker. A delicious combination.
I had been hoping to make the trip out to the farm for some time to visit and see what they have been up to. Visiting had the added draw of being a stone’s throw away from The Farm House Natural Cheeses where Alyssa works. They make beautiful cheeses and butter with milk from their cows and goats.
This season, David and Alyssa grew vegetables on the same land as the cheese company which they have been selling at farmers’ markets in and around Vancouver.
The farm is set amongst the mountains where the low hanging fog clung to the hills.
It was wet. It was peaceful. There were animals wandering all over. Many hiding from the rain in the barns.
Bundled in our rain gear we toured around the farm and visited all of the animals. The pigs, goats and kittens provided plenty of laughs and squeals for Rachel’s little girls. The goats watched and took it all in.
We wandered through dark barns, pet the new calves, fed the pigs zucchini and picked grapes at the edge of the farm. Oh and we ate cheese.
There were grilled cheese sandwiches, soup, pickles and fresh picked apples from Rachel’s apple tree. There were fresh baked cookies, milk and tea.
I came across this short video on Scout Magazine the other day about the cheese company should you wish to see more. If you find yourself near Agassiz, it is well worth the trip to visit The Farm House Natural Cheeses.
I am happy that we were able to visit the farm this week as Plenty Wild Farms is relocating to Pemberton for the next growing season. Thank you David and Alyssa for a lovely day on the farms. I look forward to visiting your new farm next summer and enjoying more of your delicious vegetables. In fact those parsnips I picked up at market yesterday are calling to be made into soup on what looks to be a very rainy weekend ahead.
Happy Fall to you all.