Thursday, June 17, 2010

Adopt A Ewe--Back by Popular Demand!

Do you enjoy local, organic food that’s been lovingly produced by hand?
Do you wish you were more connected to where your food came from?
Ever thought about quitting your job, cashing in your savings and following your dream of starting a sheep cheese dairy? Want to live vicariously through someone who has?
If yes, Garden Variety Cheese would like you to:


For $500 you can cover the costs to feed and care for an organically raised dairy sheep during the off-season.
In return, you will receive $600 worth of farm products from January to June of 2011.
You will also be the proud sponsor of a lovely individual animal and you and your family will be invited to visit your ewe and the ranch at private events. And you will have the satisfaction of helping a young entrepreneur fulfill her dream of a life on the land while supporting local organic food production.

Garden Variety Cheese is a small farmstead cheese business, based on 40 acres in Northern Monterey County. We began commercial milking and cheese production in March 2009. Our sheep produce lovely, rich sweet milk that makes fabulous cheese. To ensure the health and well-being of the animals and the high quality of the milk and cheese from Garden Variety Cheese, the 100 milking ewes here at Monkeyflower Ranch are fed on organically raised, irrigated pasture and organic brewer’s grain. Each ewe is named after a garden flower and treated with love and respect. Dairy sheep only produce milk for six months out of every year, and spend the dry season pregnant, fattening up for the milking season. By covering the costs to keep a ewe fed and cared for during this period when no milk is being produced, you can help to ensure the future production of more high-quality artisan cheeses. In return for your investment, you will receive delicious dividends when the ewes return to the milking parlor in the New Year.

The LAMB PACKAGE includes a whole lamb, processed to your specifications ($300 value)
PLUS two pick-ups of cheese and other dairy products a month ($25 value per pick-up)
as well email updates and pictures of your ewe, and monthly Open Houses at the farm!

The WOOL PACKAGE includes a natural wool comforter made with organic cotton ($300 value)
PLUS two pick-ups of cheese and other dairy products a month ($25 value per pick-up)
as well email updates and pictures of your ewe, and monthly Open Houses at the farm!

The ADOPT-A-EWE box pick-ups will be TWICE MONTHLY at three locations:

• Westside Santa Cruz
• Eastside Santa Cruz/Aptos
• San Jose/Willow Glen
Palo Alto/Mt. View !newly added pick-up site!

Adopt A Ewe Package


At 4:08 PM, Blogger Duane said...

Thanks! I bought your cheese at the Los Gatos Farmer's market on Sun., 10/24/10 and was told about this program. What a great idea! I joined today online. Duane

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Duane said...

Sunday, 10/24/10, Los Gatos Farmer's Market...I bought some of your cheese and was informed of the adopt a ewe program. I read the info and decided to go online and join thru Paypal. Thanks for the opportunity. Duane

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Would love to particpate - let me know when the PA Farmer's marker is an option. I know many people that would be interested.


At 10:38 AM, Blogger Agustin said...

Hi , I'm Agustin , a chef from Basque Country , and come to do a consultant for a new Restaurante in Los Gatos CA.
I've tried to find milk's sheep and rennet to make "mamia" , do you have ? . Or if you know where I can buy it ?
Thanks .


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