During the month of September we hosted a weekly session of Goat Yoga on Thursdays at the farm in collaboration with Earth Angel Farm. We had a great turnout and lots of fun. Thank you to everyone who joined us as well as EAF for co-hosting with us. Here are some beautiful pictures from the event.
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This past Wednesday, we had an event to celebrate spring and our new partnership with Earth Angel Farm and Modern Methods Brewing Company at Trumbull Art Gallery. The event featured beer and cheese pairings, as well as talks about sustainability through goat grazing and reducing food waste.
The partnership with Earth Angel Farm, Lucky Penny, and Modern Methods will focus on the topics of the event. Spent grains from Modern Methods will be given to Lucky Penny Farm for the goats and pigs, to both feed the animals and reduce food waste. The goats will be able to graze at Earth Angel farm, and act as a sustainable lawn mower.
We were very pleased at the turnout of the event. The room was filled, we had a great time, and hope everyone who came did too!
Food, Family and Farming TourSaturday, August 15 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Abbe Turner, Lucky Penny Creamery 632 Temple Ave., Kent, OH 44240 www.luckypennyfarm.com
The Food, Family and Farming Tour at Lucky Penny Creamery in Kent will celebrate the small family farm, women in agriculture, and agricultural entrepreneurship. From 10am-5pm on Saturday, August 15, you can join four women in agriculture for an empowering day focused on raising dairy goats, making cheese, composting, and living the small farm dream.
Come to Lucky Penny Creamery early and stay late to take in the entire slate of events! http://www.oeffa.org/events.php
Abbe Turner was a featured guest on "Keeping it Green," Chris Bond's Saturday morning radio show on WINT- 1330AM, July 27, 2015. Bond is the Farm Horticulturist/ Farm Food Program Coordinator/ Instructor at the Laura and Alvin Siegel Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University Farm in Hunting Valley, OH. He and co-host Renee Bond spoke with Abbe about Lucky Penny Farm, Lucky Penny Creamery, and a new Food Waste for Farms grant awarded to Abbe by SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) to reduce food waste by repurposing it as livestock feed and compost on area farms.
On the radio track, queue up to -48:00 thru -40:57 to hear about LPF and LPC; then -35:45 thru -21:19 to learn about Food waste for Farms: http://22.214.171.124/welw/Keeping%20It%20Green/150725KIG.mp3
Just in time for summer's heat wave, the Plain Dealer recommends Lucky Penny Cajeta as a "great new way to serve ice cream." In Northeast Ohio Ice Cream Guide 2015: Five clever new accessories, reporter Debbi Snook describes this local goat milk caramel sauce: "Imagine the slickest caramel sauce with that little goat-ey tang to balance all the sugar. A little cajeta goes a long way in terms of flavor. Top your best ice cream with it. Or, like me, just dip your spoon into the jar for a brief swoon."
Abbe, the budding winemaker, appears on the cover of The WineBuzz Magazine's July/August 2015 issue. As a complement to her cheesemaking, Abbe has been studying enology, the study of wine and winemaking; and viticulture, the study of vine growing and grape harvesting, with Kent State University's two-year winemaking degree programs. Started in 2012, the Kent State program is the first in Ohio to offer college degrees related to winemaking. It is affiliated with the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance, founded about 11 years ago to serve wineries between the Appalachians and the Rockies.
Recognized as Ohio’s wine, beer, and spirits magazine, WineBuzz informs readers who are interested in wine, food, spirits and craft beers. It includes beverage reviews as well as featured articles on travel, wine, spirits and related topics. Their goal is to educate, in a reader-friendly fashion, and take the intimidation out of wine in order to enhance its enjoyment.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has featured Abbe and Lucky Penny Farm & Creamery in its most recent blog, which is dedicated to highlighting Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) projects that support women and beginning farmers.Read the blog here: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/sare_feature_1/
INGREDIENTS:3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 2 large pears, peeled and diced 1 large red onion, peeled and diced 6 oz apple butter 4 oz Lucky Penny Feta crumbles 3T apple cider vinegar 3T honey 2T kosher salt 1T black pepper Hot sauce (Tabasco) to taste 3 T extra-virgin olive oil 2 loaves French bread, split in half lengthways and toasted in oven
METHOD: Step #1: In a small mixing bowl, toss sweet potato and pears in 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and roast in oven until tender; approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Step #2: In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine roasted pear, sweet potato and diced onion with remaining ingredients and season accordingly. Step #3: Serve on French bread or cracker with Feta crumbles on top. Enjoy!
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Share a Quick Bite with Abbe and 89.7-WKSU NPR radio host Vivian Goodman, as Abbe demonstrates how to make mozzarrella cheese. This radio interview, first aired on October 17, 2014, is part of a special series of shows highlighting what's happening in the Northeast Ohio food scene.http://www.wksu.org/news/feature/quickbites/40701
Yield: 8Prep time: 40 min
Equipment: 3 small mixing bowls 1 pastry brush 1 whisk 1 baking sheet tray, lined with wax paper 1 rolling pin 1 pizza cutter 2 spoons
Ingredients: 1 9x12" sheet of purchased Danish dough 1 egg 1T milk .5c granulated sugar 1T cinnamon 4 oz Lucky Penny Chèvre 1 oz orange marmalade
Method: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 2. Place thawed Danish dough on a table so that it's taller than wider 3. Place egg and milk in mixing bowl and mix well 4. Brush egg wash over dough 5. Mix cinnamon and sugar in mixing bowl and sprinkle generously onto dough 6. Fold dough downward in half and gently roll with pin 7. Using pizza cutter, cut dough vertically into 8 even portions 8. Take the first of the eight portions and place it horizontally in front of you 9. Place your left hand on the end closest to it and spiral the dough with your right hand, so it resembles a candy cane 10. With your left hand still on the dough, have your right hand swing the dough counter clock wise until you swirl the dough around the center until it looks like a snail shell. Place the end in the center and press it tight. Repeat until complete. 11. Place the snail upside down on the baking sheet. Let it proof for 30 minutes or until it doubles in size. 12 Mix chèvre and marmalade in a bowl and place about 1T in the center of each Danish. Tip: Make a little pouch with your finger first. 13. Brush with the rest of the milk and egg mixture, than sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar. 14. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until delicious golden brown. Cool and Enjoy!
Thank you for the honor, Portage Park District Foundation!
Lucky Penny Creamery is one of five heroes of environmental conservation to be honored during the 16th Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Benefit Dinner on Saturday, April 5. Recipients of the 2014 awards have been chosen for making a significant contribution to improving quality of life in Portage County through natural resource conservation and environmental awareness and protection. Lucky Penny Creamery — owned by Abbe and Anderson Turner of Lucky Penny Farm in Garrettsville — will earn the Green Business Award for providing farm-to-table local cheeses according to sustainable agricultural practices.
It all began in 2008, when Abbe earned second place in the American Dairy Goat Association’s Amateur Confection Contest with her melt-in-your-mouth Cajeta recipe, a creamy caramel sauce reminiscent of Dulce de Leche. This distinctive Cajeta was handcrafted according to artisanal practices, in small batches, from top-quality goat milk sourced from the Turner family’s own herd of La Mancha, Alpine and Nubian dairy goats at Lucky Penny Farm.
Two years later, Abbe founded Lucky Penny Creamery in Kent, which specializes in farm-fresh goat and sheep cheeses and confections, still handcrafted in small batches according to artisanal traditions and sustainable practices, sourced by trusted family goat and sheep farms in northeast Ohio.
“We are proud to produce superior local dairy goat products by managing the entire process, from pasture to plate, according to sustainable farm and kitchen practices,” says Abbe, who learned her craft at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with additional training from cheesemakers Peter Dixon and Neville McNaughton.
Lucky Penny’s family-farm approach to local specialty food has earned the brand a solid following from reputable chefs, retailers, farmers’ markets, distributors, wholesalers and ethnic food suppliers throughout the Midwest.
It also led to the creation of Farm Girls Pub & Grub, a funky restaurant in downtown Alliance that features “local, sustainable, farm-fresh food from producers we know and trust,” according to Abbe.
The Main Street restaurant does its part toward urban renewal while serving up flavorful entrees like Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chevre Burger, “a big and juicy local grassfed beef burger with free-range smoked bacon coated in a brown sugar pepper glaze and baked until crispy, dripping with melty Chevre on a buttered toasted bun with piled with local greens, heirloom tomatoes and caramelized onions.”
Sponsored by the Portage Park District Foundation, the Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner is held each April as an opportunity to honor and thank local environmental heroes while raising funds to support park district initiatives, fulfilling the mission to conserve Portage County’s natural and cultural heritage. Other award recipients represent achievement in Environmental Education, Environmental Activism and Advocacy, Lifetime Achievement and Stewardship, and Land Conservation.
The dinner, live music, silent auction and raffle will be held 6-9pm on April 5 at the Kent American Legion, 1945 Mogadore Road. Call the Portage County Park District at (330) 297-7728 for more information or visit www.portageparkdistrict.org to register online. For additional information, contact Chris Craycroft at (330) 297-7728 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .