Last weekend, while browsing Craigslist, Tool Lady found a posting titled "Goat Milking Gig". So, she asked if it sounded like a good idea, and of course, I said yes! After a few emails and phone calls, it was decided that we should meet, check each other out, check the set up out and get a little tutorial on goat milking...you know, because neither of us have ever milked a goat before in our lives...ever.
So, after work this evening, Tool Lady and I went to see a woman about some goats ;-)
The set up seems just about perfect...There are four goats; a grandma (who can be a bit protective of her space), two daughters (one who is in milk) and one granddaughter (born in July). The goat who is in milk (one of the daughters) gives about 5 quarts of milk each day (that's a lot of milk). The owner of the goats (a nice woman named Daven who runs Milk and Honey) is looking for someone to check in on the goats, feed them and milk the momma 2-3 times a week in exchange for the milk that is given. Pretty cool gig if you ask me. Daven has even offered to help us learn how to make cheese and yogurt!
So, officially, we are all going to take a day or two to think about any questions that might come up and then move forward from there! Now, since we've never milked goats, handled goats or done any kind of exchange/share like this before, we're a little nervous. We are also very excited about 1) the experience we'll get and 2) all that fresh milk!!!
I'll let you all know what becomes of this possibility!