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Pi Creamery

Welcome to Pi Creamery

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photo courtesy of Shannon Keagan

Pi Creamery is a family business with health and wellness at the center of our farm-based model. We believe in a small herd with holistic practices, including hand-milking, a varied diet, and preventative treatments as opposed to antibiotics and vaccines. The philosophy of Pi Creamery is to uphold the highest standards in the treatment of our herd animals, the care and safety of the milk, and the product available to our herd share members.

If you would like to join our herd share, please sign up here.

If you’d like to stay up-to-date on events and offerings by Pi Creamery, please subscribe to our mailing list! You’ll receive information on herd share memberships and invites to our tasting parties.PiLogo_FINAL

Autumn Reflections

Dear Friends-
We are on the verge of inviting some new blood into our farm community to help us make some much-needed transitions in how we do things here on the land. We do not yet know what shape or form these new friends might take, but over the coming months, it will all become apparent. Meanwhile, we’re putting this out there in the hopes that you, our larger community, can help the right people find us. Here’s a few things on our wish list.
1. We are searching for a live-in caretaker. Starting toward the end of October, as our AirBnB bookings taper off, we will have our awesome Getaway Cabin available for this person on a work/trade basis, with minimal basic costs to cover in the form of rent. It is a fully self-contained unit, great for a single person or a very close couple in a long term relationship. This caretaker must be interested in becoming a part of a working goat dairy operation, must have some familiarity with tools and basic handyman (or handywoman) know-how, and must be interested in rural living. They should probably also like children and be amenable to childcare. This person should also be interested in creating a long-term situation for themselves here, as we look toward the Spring as the time to build a new living structure here on the farm to house a caretaker through the rest of the seasons.
2. We will be hosting short-term tenants in the form of residencies. Our other cabin, the Lookout Loft will be coming up for rent at the end of this month. It has been, and will continue to be, a great place to find focus, a retreat for people looking to finish short-term creative projects or in-town work contracts. We are looking to host individuals or committed couples for short, 3-6 month residencies, for people to plug in to the farm on as as-desired basis, or simply tune out the larger world to find space within themselves to make things happen. We are happy to discuss the rental terms of the cabin with interested parties.
3. As our family grows, Jessica​ and I are both looking back toward what we have created here over the last 4 years, and also looking forward to how we can create necessary space between ourselves and the daily upkeep and maintenance of the farm and the herd, for new experiences like travel, far-flung work opportunities, and necessary time to watch and help our child grow. It is a lot of work, being stewards of the land and making it prosper. We like work, and the successes we’ve had are worth celebrating. There will often be times, especially during the winter, when we will invite others to house-and pet-sit for us, and if you are at all interested in such a situation, please reach out. Our home was built to be shared, as so many of you know.
That is all. We are spending today working on a Community Agreement for the land, to help foment some of these short-term changes and long-term shifts. I can’t think of a better time to do it than in the transitional (and beautiful) Autumn season. Thanks for listening.

PiLogo_FINALWelcome to the Pi Creamery herd share from the Lazy T Ranch. Pi Creamery is a family business with health and wellness at the center of our farm-based model. We believe in a small herd with holistic practices, including hand-milking, a varied diet, and preventative treatments as opposed to antibiotics and vaccines. The philosophy of Pi Creamery is to uphold the highest standards in the treatment of our herd animals, the care and safety of the milk, and the product available to our herd share members. Please fill out the form below to begin the process of joining our herd share. We are delighted to be able to provide the Rogue Valley with healthy raw goat’s milk and small-batch ice cream.

Join our Herd Share Now!

A herd share is a legal and binding contract agreement between the consumer and the farmer. The consumer does not buy dairy products from the farmer, but rather pays for the boarding, feeding, care, and milking of the herd’s animals, along with the processing, storing, and delivery of the dairy produced.

The agistment fee is a monthly fee provided by the consumer for the boarding, caring, feeding and milking of the herd. Pi Creamery’s agistment fee for a full share is $349.33 a season, or $43.67 a month. Your payment can be made once, or at the beginning of each month. Additionally, there is $40 per share buy-in at the on-set of our contract.

Half shares, half seasons, every-other week deliveries, and multiple shares are also available. The full season is 32 weeks, starting May 10th and running until December 20th. A full season that starts after the first week can be pro-rated.

Owning a share of the Pi Creamery provides share holders with the choice of a weekly supply of milk, ice cream, or a combination of the two, available for on-farm pick up or local delivery to 3 drop locations in the Rogue Valley. Each type of share listed below has a limited availability due to the small, personal nature of our farming operation.

Once we receive your request, you will be contacted with the Share Agreement and Agistment Contract. The contract is not enacted until both documents have been signed and payment has been made.

Sign Up for the 2014 Season!

Ducks in a RowLast spring we decided to get ducks. I had never spent a great deal of time around water fowl. Aside from the occasional park encounter, I had spent a summer at a friends’ farm in Big Sur where he had a few ducks and geese. I also really appreciated the way he would walk them to their pond everyday, and how they would laugh at him when he was working in the garden. I had no idea just how much fun they would be to have around!

Our duck tale started with tragedy; such a common element in farm stories. As ducklings, our dog Raven snagged one through their little fence. Then in the fall, a hungry bear broke open the duck house and managed to catch and eat two more. This left us with one male Indian Runner, 3 Cayuga females and 2 Blue Swedish females. These are all “Runner” ducks, so they don’t fly, but they do enjoy foraging and swimming. Somedays it feels like we have a wandering comedy troupe waddling around the farm cracking jokes and making fun of us all. Because ducks are FUNNY!

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And now, in addition to their comedic stylings, we get the wonderful bonus of fresh duck eggs. This led me to do some research on the difference between chicken eggs and duck eggs. Here is what I found:

  1. Duck eggs have a thicker shell and a longer shelf life
  2. Yolks of duck eggs are larger, and their is a greater yolk to white ratio
  3. Duck eggs are an alkaline food, while chicken eggs are acidic
  4. Duck eggs have higher caloric content, higher protein, and slightly higher levels of minerals (selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium and iron)
  5. Duck eggs are also higher in vitamin content (thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and retinol)
  6. They are also higher in amino acids than chicken eggs
  7. Duck eggs also have almost twice the cholesterol as chicken eggs
  8. Anything a chicken egg can do, a duck egg can do better 🙂
  9. In fact, many bakers report that using duck eggs makes their cakes rise higher and provides them with excellent taste due to their high fat content

I’m looking at using duck eggs in Pi Creamery’s line of goat milk ice cream. I am excited to see if the texture is richer or if they contribute the creaminess of the ice cream. It may not be a standard, as they are harder to come by, but I will test them in some of the initial batches of ice cream do out at the end of April.

In the meantime, Lazy T Ranch is selling duck eggs, $4 for half a dozen. Contact us if you are interested (and live in the Rogue Valley!)

Got Raw?

Pi Today’s the day! As part of the rollicking, outrageous, and ever-in-the-news celebrations of this special date — 3-14 a.k.a. “Pi day” — we are excited to officially launch Pi Creamery into the world.

As many of you know, we love our goats!  These special creatures are a big part of our farm family, and for 9 months each year they provide us with gallons of healthy, rich, and deliciously flavorful milk each day. In addition to sharing  raw milk with our community, we can think of no better way to use this bounty than to turn it into our favorite food: ICE CREAM!

You may be asking yourself: Why Pi? Why did we choose this name for our creamery, you ask? There’s a story!

See, when Papa Tuck and Martha Teutsch bought the farm back in the early 70’s, these two Texas expats needed a name for their new home. Ambitiously (some may say ostentatiously!) they called their 15 acre homestead “The Lazy T Ranch”. No ranch is complete without a unique brand (the real, steel kind), so my dad took the two initials of our shared name “TT” and gave it a curving, “lazy” top. Et Voila! The Pi symbol became our sigil. For us, the Pi symbol represents not only a mathematical constant, but the circle of life, which we try to honor here on our farm. In the last 30 years, the farm has grown to over a hundred acres of forest and field, and now supports multiple households, a tyrannical goat herd, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, an awkward llama, and a dream for a new line of raw goat’s milk ice creams. We all live together, completing the circle of life! Like us, why don’tcha?

The timing for this particular goat story finds me on the verge of saying goodbye to Scarlett.

Scarlett

Scarlett came to us after a successful dairy goat career that ended a little too early. While in residence with the Siskiyou Crest Goat Dairy, Scarlett suffered a mild stroke or seizure during a difficult birthing. Needless to say, that kidding was her last. Continue Reading »