Goats: A Busy Autumn

Reader Contribution by Janice Spaulding
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As usual,
summer has flown by! Fall is the busiest time of year for us. For lots of
folks, it’s summer, but for us, it’s definitely fall!

The Common
Ground Country Fair is this weekend. We don’t show our goats, but then again at
the Common Ground Fair there are no goat shows, just exhibits.

This is the
most wonderful fair ever! It’s put on by MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners
Association) and it’s one of just a few organic fairs in the United States.
Imagine going to a fair with no rides, no games, and no junk food, but, with
enough to do to keep you busy for a full day or two!

Our girls
are always happy to spend the three days being petted
and ooooo’d and awwwww’d
at. They seem to know that they are the stars of the show.

Just as an
aside, folks come to Common Grounds from all over the world and the attendance
is normally around 60,000 for the three days! You can learn to make a canoe,
snow shoes, bake bread, weave, spin, and much, much, more. All of the crafters,
vendors, food sellers, and exhibitors are from Maine.

And, if you
do come, please stop by and say hello!We are in the goat barn (between the rabbits and the chickens!) and I
would love to meet you.

Once we get
home from Common Grounds we have only two weeks to get ourselves together for
Fall Goat School! Throw in a farmers market here and there and we are
busy!I find myself thinking “one more
week and I can finally rest” or “three more days and I can finally rest”…

But, with
all of that being said, Goat School is always so much
fun, that the work
getting ready is quickly and easily forgotten.

October in
Maine is gorgeous! The weather is beautiful, not too hot, not too cold, it’s
just right! Foliage is usually at its peak during the Columbus Day weekend, the
apples are ready, crispy, crunchy, and juicy, Maine potatoes are featured at
all the farm stands, and best of all, the food at Goat School is all you can
eat, and it’s yummy.

Have I
peeked your interest? There is still plenty of room in both Goat School and theSoap and Cheese making class, so click here and register.

If you can’t
come, but want to learn more about goats, click here to see both books I have
written.“The Goat School Manual” has a
lot of the information we cover in Goat School, and “Goat School: A Master
Class in Caprine Care and Cooking”
has both goat husbandry, plus lots of
recipes using goat products, meat, cheese, and milk.