What's sprouting at MAH Farm?
Our goal and purpose is to provide clean, healthy food and living for our family. We hope to be as self-sustaining as possible. With that, we try to repurpose and reuse anything and everything we can. From using the goat milk to make cheese, soap, caramel sauce and butter, to dehydrating rabbit ears for dog treats, we hope to make full use of the livestock that we raise. Our garden is continually expanding, including luffa gourds to make sponges, and hopefully a medicinal herb garden soon. We build whatever we can from reclaimed wood and hardware. This page will highlight some of the current projects and endeavors we are attempting. If you are interested in trying something or would like more information please send us a message through the contact page.
Goat's milk soap!!!!!
There are many benefits to using soap made with goat's milk. It helps people with dry, sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Goat's milk contains some key vitamins and minerals as well as hydroxy acids necessary for maintaining healthy skin. It removes dead skin cells, repairs damaged tissue, increases moisturization and helps prevent damage from the sun. All beneficial to everyone!!
We are working on some new scents and colors using top quality essential and frangrance oils as well as natural colorants. (Hover over soap images to see the scents on desktop site)
I will try to add the new ones here as I finish them. Please feel free to send a message if you have any questions or would like to try some soap!!
Do you know where Luffas come from??
Up until about a year ago, I had no idea that luffas grew on vines, like a cucumber. Well, we got some seeds and now we are growing our own luffa sponges!! These are great for scrubbing pots, cleaning and bathing. You can even use them to start seeds, add to homemade soap or make a backscratcher.
It is an edible fruit when harvested early in the growing season. When left to dry, the result is a soft, washable, non-abrasive plant based sponge. It is an excellent, gentle exfoliator, naturally antifungal and antimicrobial and completely biodegradable. We will be selling seeds as well as luffas once they are dry. I have a few left so let me know if you are interested in trying one!!
Goat's Milk Goodies
There are endless uses and benefits of goat's milk. Besides being beneficial to our skin, it is also easily digestible. Fat molecules in goat's milk are broken down in the stomach in 20 minutes; it takes an hour for the stomach to break down cow's milk. Goat's milk has also been found to fight inflammation, strengthen bones, improve brain health and prevent anemia. Nigerian Dwarf goats have a high butterfat content in their milk which makes it very creamy. We drink and use our goat milk raw and have loved all the products we have been able to make so far.
Any cheese can be made with goat milk. Typically when people think of goat cheese, they are referring to Chevre. This is a soft spreadable cheese or crumbled when drier. Farmer's cheese and Chevre are two of our favorite goat milk products. Experimenting with different flavors has been a lot of fun and very tasty!
Hard cheeses and aged cheeses are next on my list of things to try. It would be amazing to make my own parmesan or pepper jack. Guess we need to build a cheese cave!
Another treat we have discovered is home made caramel sauce. It is called Cajeta. We use it as sauce for dipping apples, over ice cream and mixed into coffee. The next venture will be making caramel candies!!
If interested in any info about cheese or milk, please shoot me a message.
Silver Fox Rabbits
Part of our goal at MAH Farm is to utilize everything to its full potential. Raising rabbits provides us with a healthy source of protein. Most of the kits born here are sold to fellow homesteaders or pet homes but we usually have a few left for us. We love that we are able to spread the love of this breed while raising a food source for our family.
We are currently learning how to tan hides in hopes of making rabbit fur items. Our coonhound, Hazel, loves the dehydrated ears as treats. The feet are preserved and turned into keychains so even those get repurposed. The hides will be sewn into mittens, scarves, hats and blankets. Our hope is to be able to sell these items as well in the future. (Pictures will be posted as soon as I have some)