It’s time to give the Little Island Creamery four-leggeds and two-leggeds a vacation. The benefits to the two-leggeds are obvious – time to rest and regenerate, spend time with family through the holidays and prepare for the vigorous months of milking and butter and cheese making ahead. The four-leggeds, those producing the milk, need time to turn the energy used to produce milk into producing fine offspring next year. This is why we have decided to end our milking process beginning November 12th.
In nature, mother goats and cows stop letting their young nurse after they are old enough to eat grasses on their own. Then in autumn, when the grasses become less abundant, the animals develop natural “plugs” in each teat that protects the udder from potential bad bugs.
The udder in a ruminant (cows, goats, sheep, etc. or those grass-eaters with four stomachs) also needs time to recover and get ready for the next lactation cycle. On November 12th we will finish our regular milking schedule. Then the animals will develop plugs that will protect each teat and udder throughout the dry season. Just before having their offspring, these plugs naturally dissolve readying the udder to nurse the offspring and give us milk to share with all of you.
This means that after the 12th of November we won’t have your regular supply of fresh milk once that final milk supply is gone. Our technicians have made as much butter, ghee, and cheese as we think ( hope) will supply you all through the winter and plenty of eggs for all the holiday baking you desire. We will continue to deliver our fresh butter to your favorite outlets, such as the Cathlamet Market, Astoria Co-op, and the Skamokawa General Store. We’ll have regular hours at the Creamery so you and your families will still be able to visit and buy your favorite dairy products.
This also means that hopefully we will have lots of new kids and calves for you all to visit next season.