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One thing I truly love about my business is all of the wonderful people that we get to meet and all of the things that we learn. In our Templeton, CA Farmers Market (on Saturdays 9-1pm). A very nice lady shared with my “Little Goddesses” a wonderful Eastern European dish called “Paskha”  a Cheese Spread that she now makes with Dairy Goddess Fromage Blanc “Naked”. Being of Portuguese decent we have many traditional recipes but I am so happy to share this one that our sweet customer shared with us.

She so kindly sent me a lovely note and pictures as well as a couple of recipes. Not only do I appreciate the recipe and kind words but I am so touched at the time she took to send it to me and asked that I share it with the girls. With that I decided to share it with all of my “Godd-etts”. I am using her recipe and also picture that she shared. THANK YOU very “MOOOOOch”  Nancy J.!

Happy Easter to you and yours! God Bless You All!

Happy Easter Treat!

Happy Easter Treat! Easter Paskha


1 lb of Dairy Goddess “Naked” Fromage Blanc

1/2-3/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of good butter

1/2 cup of cream

1/3 cup of ground almonds

1`tsp lemon zest

1 tsp vanilla

Combine first four ingredients with mixer of food processor. Place in mixing bowl and add the last three ingredients and mix well. Taste for sweetness! (More sugar?)

*Prepare a bowl or a clean terra-cotta flower-pot, lined with a double layer of cheesecloth, (enough to cover the top).

Place the mixture in the *bowl, cover with the cheesecloth, place a plate over this and put on a heavy stone or can. Refrigerate up to 12 hours.

To un-mold, invert bowl over the serving plate, remove cheesecloth, decorate. I use blanched almonds in a design. Great for a lovely Easter Breakfast. You may need to double the recipe.

(Shared so kindly by) NANCY J.

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After a year and a half of planning…my daughter Tara celebrated her wedding to Shane Rodrigues on November 2, 2013. It was a perfect day. We could not be any more happy. We managed to run business as usual and Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese and Milk as well as Tony Martin Dairy continued with out a hitch. It took a team effort and prayer and we got it done. We appreciate all of the well wishes that we received and are grateful to all of our customers blessings and support.

The Original Team Dairy Goddess

The Original Team Dairy Goddess

Along with getting back to reality I want to get back to my blog which has taken the back seat through all of this.

It is no secret that I believe that we need to take our food back “old school”. Less processing, more natural. Keeping the integrity of the food that we consume for maximum benefit, the way it was intended.

My cousin, Anita Caole, shared with me the Margarine VS Butter information. I thought it was fitting as we are getting towards the holidays with extra cooking and baking. We should be striving towards more WHOLE and NATURAL foods with everything in moderation. We have been on a dangerous path with the “mutilation” of food by processing. Read your labels….less is more! Besides, it just tastes better! I hope you find this information helpful. Please pass it on…many of us do not have any idea!

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.

It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings….

DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end…gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .

And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease …

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.



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It is an honor to have been asked to be part of the National Milk Producers Federation Young Cooperators Annual Meeting at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV.

I have been asked to share some of my social media experience. I know that when I started at social media, I did so with a bit of fear and wondered to myself, “What the heck am I going to talk about….and who the heck is going to listen”.

I started slowly and with topics that interested me. I started to share my life and show others what dairy farmers do and why we do it.  I jumped in one foot at a time as my comfort level grew. I started with Facebook, then Twitter, and lastly blogging. I had and still do have some “tech” issues. With a little practice I managed to make my way and do the best I can.

I started video blogging knowing that so many people or so very busy these days. A quick and positive picture or video clip can speak volumes and it is also easier for me as I am outside so often working and not able to be just sitting at my computer.

The best way to learn is to see it done. So I am proud to post live to show you how very simple it can be!

Really if I can do it…you can do it!

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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2010, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 18.

The U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.

In celebration of Ice Cream Day…heck the month…why not make some! Here is a fun and easy way using a Ziploc bag!

(A fun thing to do with the kids or grandkids!)

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
Milk can become homemade ice cream in five minutes by using a bag! This homemade, creamy treat is a summertime delight for kids and adults alike.

What you’ll need:
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup milk or half & half
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons rock salt
1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
Ice cubes

How to make it:
Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!
A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more than that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.


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My friends Grandchildren enjoying ice cream in celebration of June dairy month!

Well there has been lots of talk about “June Dairy Month”. That tradition began back in 1937. During the first two years it was called National Milk Month and ran from June 10 to July 10. June Dairy Month was established to help stabilize dairy demand during periods of peak production.

June Dairy Month became the official title of the promotion in 1939 and focused on greater use of dairy products. In 1955 the American Dairy Association (ADA) became the national leader for June Dairy Month campaigns. It continued to evolve over the years and entire communities across the country, both rural and urban, have embraced it and become involved in many ways. The cooperation between farmers and other community members are really the basis of what June Dairy Month is all about -celebrating and using a wonderful product!

For dairy farmers, June, like every other month, is about work and commitment to our cows, their comfort and well-being. With our cows comfort we are able to bring you all of the great milk that makes all of the dairy products you enjoy! Day in and day out that does not change!

See how we at Tony Martin Dairy celebrate!

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   Well here is my girl…Chica! She seem to really enjoy being milked, as all cows do! I am told that she prefers to be the first one in. In the video she is certainly enjoying chewing her cud. I want to send my sincere gratitude to Kate Rector who sent me this video and to Justin Breedyk who is doing such a great job milking her and the other girls. I know too, that Chica is enjoying the beautiful, progressive milk barn too!

 I miss Chica everyday but so happy to see her so happy.

My son did mention that she has had some difficulty getting pregnant again…so please keep her in your prayers that she may soon carry a calf again soon!

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Chica Chillin' on Mother's Day!

I am working on getting a video of Chica soon! I just have this cell phone picture but I assure you she’s doing great. AJ and I and the rest of the workers are getting a lot of entertainment out of her, she’s hilarious! I will tell you I’m impressed, she was the first cow I’ve ever seen to successfully back out of the exit lane in the milk barn with all of the other cows waiting on her. I took this on mother’s day, i think she felt like napping all day instead of going to work!  Reported by Cal Poly Dairy Science Student- Jake Sehr
I want to Thank Jake for sending me this update! I have been very busy getting cheese room ready. …I will be blogging more about that later. Thank you for checking in and your support! I enjoy sharing with you all so much!

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