Sunday, March 13, 2011

Visiting the Farm


Back in September, I wrote a post about the Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, just 10 minutes by foot from our home. We visited the farm again this weekend, with friends from Washington. 

It's springtime at the farm - there were several brand-new-to-the-world baby animals to admire. The tiny lamb above stayed very close to her mother. An imperious llama stared me down, while the little goat, intent on munching delicious, crunchy hay, ignored me.

The cheese being made yesterday was Brie. I brought a wheel home with me, then encrusted wedges in finely chopped almonds, gave them a quick sauté in butter and placed them on a bed of greens. What a great salad. 

Little Qualicum cheeses are available in many of the grocery stores on Vancouver Island. It's fun to shop local, and how much more local can this be? 

Linking once again to Mary's Mosaic Monday, at the Little Red House. 

21 comments:

A Garden of Threads said...

Love the mosaic. The baby lamb looks so cute next to big Mama. Have a wonderful week.

Snap said...

i love spring and all the baby animals. i also love cheese! farmer's market is tuesday here and i will visit with the cheese girls. fun, lovely mosaic.

Vee said...

How nice to see a spring mosaic with lambs and everything. Your salad sounds so delicious that I want to find some locally made cheese and make one.

(How interesting what you told me the other day concerning Tim's cousin. It truly is a small world.)

Ima Weed said...

A great mosaic. I have lots of good memories from growing up on a farm. Oh, and the cheese, wish that was just ten minutes from me.

Carol said...

What a great place to visit! Love the mosaic!

Dawna said...

Mmmm, the cheese sounds yummy! What a great way to welcome springtime weather. We were in the hockey rink!! The boys just finished winning round 2 of playoff and now it is on to the league championship round next week end!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Fresh local cheese must taste so good! I enjoyed seeing the lambs in your mosaic....there is such beauty in Spring!

Pondside said...

What a sweet mosaic, Lorrie! I'd love to see a photo of the salad.

Maggie said...

I remember the previous post about this farm and is was a delight to see it again in your mosaic.
However, just like Pondside I'd really like to see the cheese, the salad you made sounds delish!
Have a great week.
Maggie

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I must be one of the few who does not like goat cheese. Chevre is so popular and is served most everywhere. I do adore little lambs though. V

LindyLouMac said...

Hi there this is my first time joining in with Monday Mosaic and I am now hopping around from Italy viewing all the wonderful blogs that join in. Great mosaic, we have lambs gamboling in fields next to us at the moment.

Shirley said...

There's nothing like spring on the farm! I have fond memories of feeding lambs from oversized bottles back when I was a child visiting my grandparent's farm. Things like that, you never forget! Have a great week!

Linda said...

I love mosaic Monday! I gotta get onboard! Your's is great!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Ah, this looks like spring on the farm should look! New life and fresh cheese...sounds great.

Barbara said...

Sounds delicious.

Genie said...

How wonderful to have an active farm plus the cheese factory so close by. I would be in cheese heaven if I loved there. That baby lamb is so sweet, and your mosaic is lovely.

Carole said...

Un vrai bon fromage de la ferme, il n'y a que ça de vrai ! Les moutons sont adorables, quand j'étais jeune je voulais être bergère...

Jenny said...

Oh that salad sounds delicious. Is there anything lovelier than fresh cheese and baby animals on the farm.

Sheila said...

That sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy the flavour of fresh Brie. We had a neighbour over this afternoon and she was telling us lately she'd brought the lambs into her bathtub because it's been too cold for them in her barn. the farm sounds like a wonderful place to take visitors!

Miss Debbie said...

Sounds like fun! And the cheese sounds yummy! Growing up, the father of a friend of mine had a neighborhood store. He kept a wheel of aged cheddar cheese on the counter. Sometimes on my way from my college classes to my part time job at Sears, I would stop and buy a slice of cheese and some saltine crackers that he kept in a jar. (I think it was about 50 cents) And that would be my lunch. That was the best cheese! I wish a had some of it now!

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, that looks like such a fun place to visit! I love seeing the spring lambs -- such a symbol of my favorite season! :)