Monday, July 30, 2007
Share A Cow
The recent kerfluffle over butter following Ruhman's cruel flensing (wink*) of Daniel Patterson's July 1 NY Times article on the subject actually got me interested in making some butter myself. So I did my due diligence and googled, dialed and drove all over the got-damned place trying to find raw cream, of course, to no avail. I live close enough to thousands of Amish farmers that I suppose that if I grew out my beard and pulled all the buttons and zippers off my clothes, I might have been able to insinuate myself into someone's barn to squeeze out a couple of pints before someone spoke to me in Deutsch and exposed my clever deception. But it hardly seemed worth it. (Don't you think?)
In the end I made some butter from organic heavy cream and chunks of sea salt and it was pretty good, although not good enough to justify the effort to anyone other than my over-weaned need to make my own food whenever I can. But I haven't given up on finding raw cream to splatter my glasses again and came across this nutty-enough-to-make-perfect-sense idea this morning : Cow Shares. It's essentially the same concept as a CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) agreement with a bovine core.
Cow Share Agreements