Hatch Knoll Farm & Garden Side Dairy

Farmily Farm on the coast of Maine specializing in goat cheese, organic berries, healthy living and more!


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Daily notes!

Posted by don on May 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey Kim here!

Today is Monday! It is Tide Mill Ricotta making day and life is good! I am working on cheese, updating the Site, listening to Ms. Steele on our local WUMM radio station-love the political news! In updating I need to mention that I have been asked to be on the farmer panal at our local "Meet your farmer" viewing-here's the info:

Meet Your Farmer film and food event

Wednesday June 8th, University of Maine at Machias

Science 102 & 103, 4 – 7pm

Panel of Local Farmers: Garden Side Dairy@Hatch Knoll Farm, Jonesboro; Shore Road Farm, Perry;

and Tide Mill Organic Farm in Edmunds

If anyone is in the area this will be an event! So stop by and celebrate local food!

Yesterday offered us a break in the bleak, rainy mess we have had for a few weeks and we got the barn cleaned out and the garden started! Everything is looking great and so exciting. All of our markets are starting up weekly so take a look at the calendar and come visit. The farm is open DAILY 10-4 and our apprentices will be moving in the first week of June-horahhh! Take care until I post again!

Spring time fun!

Posted by don on April 11, 2011 at 10:54 AM Comments comments (0)

Gabrielle Roos is passing on her LOVE for plants to younger siblings Noah and Izzy this spring! The trio started our seedlings the last week of March with LOTS of TLC! I will be posting updated pics often-promise!

Gab is looking forward to moving back to the farm this summer to head up produce production, blueberry processing, market assistant and my (KIM'S) kitchen help-yea we expect a lot from our kids but they never let us down!

 Gab  will also be teaching our salad celebration class in July when she will have students select, harvest and create some nontraditional, sentational salads! As well as being raised with local farm food Gab has worked in the kitchen of A & B Naturals in Bar Harbor where she has learned many tricks and is eager to share! Check out the events page FMI!

Cheese Class!

Posted by don on April 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Italian Day was held at Hatch Knoll Farm this weekend and taught by Kim Roos of Garden Side Dairy. The goats provided us with wonderful raw milk, Kim provided the knowledge to turn milk into cheese. The whey was then used to create bread and pizza dough! Lunch was created with our class work and all enjoyed sharing knowledge, food and fun! Check out our calender pages for more class info!

A new generation!

Posted by don on April 11, 2011 at 10:34 AM Comments comments (0)

So proud to see Taylor Roos grasping her tractor lesson, how great to think our next generation of family farmers will be well trained and confident! You go girl!

Update from Kim

Posted by don on February 23, 2011 at 3:07 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey folks!

We have babies, milk, cheese, fudge and soap! We are getting into the swing of life and have enjoyed a quiet few weeks. Well, we have not had a birth since February 13th but we have had 10 girls kid from 1/31-2/13 we are milking 14 goats and feeding 15 babies. Feeding time is outrageously intense and I cannot wait for it to get easier. I have allowed a milking machine in my milk room even though I hate the noise but it milks while I milk so it really helps.

Gabby and Zack will be home the weekend of 3/11 and will stay for a while. Zack will stay through the season and Gab will be back in June when school ends. We certainly need the extra hands and we were hoping to get started on garden planning, I have my doubts that the snow will be gone by then!

The cheese kitchen is done and we have a little more construction work before we really get busy. Everyone here is struggling with this weather and the amount of snow we have had. It is almost March and we still have about a foot of packed snow on the ground, ice is everywhere! And cold! Still that cold wind howls. Oh well the days are creeping longer and life will begin again. This week we hope to tap some maple trees and I am getting excited and focussed for our first class soon! Life is good!

Snow woes

Posted by don on January 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM Comments comments (0)

I sit here challedged by the fact that udders are filling, due dates approaching, a foot or more snow packed and again a winter weather advisory!The girls are all looking great and we are officially watching 5 girls for signs of labour! Every year is so challenging, we plan, we wait, we watch, one year I will learn to relax, but not yet!

2011 is underway

Posted by don on January 6, 2011 at 7:34 AM Comments comments (1)

Happy New Year to our Farm Friends and beyond! I am starting this blog to post pics, keep our friend here, out of state and abroad abreast of life here on our new farm. We officially moved in to Hatch Knoll Farm Oct. 10th and have been moving ever since. I will try to keep you up to date along with some guest postings from family and co-workers! Check back often because this year I an organized!

Best always, Kim