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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.

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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!


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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!


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!)

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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?

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