The Oudshoorn family was born and raised in southern Alberta. Ben and Anita have been farming together for 25 years with their family. In 1994 they bought their first goats for one of their children and learned how to make yoghurt and cheese for their family and friends. In 1998 the Oudshoorn family became licensed to produce milk for sale at their family farm in Nobleford, Alberta. They began to milk and produce goat products in 1999. Within a few short years the family began to distribute plain yoghurt for organic grocery stores, slowly adding more flavours to the stock. In 2003 Oudshoorn’s moved to a farm in Fort Macleod Alberta their goal was to be self sustaining and organic and felt the move was necessary. At their new location near Fort Macleod they are able to grow and produce their feed for the goats and also supply fertilizer from the goat manure for crops. At the Fort Macleod farm they began cheese production, mainly chevre and feta. They also began to look at the process of becoming certified organic. Being organic forces them to milk more goats in order to be able to supply year around. They produce a lot of extra milk in the summer when the young kids are weaned from their mothers. To use this up we decided to produce aged varieties of cheese for our customers to enjoy later on during the winter months. Supplies of milk are always low during the winter months because the herd is in different stages of gestation and lactation. This affects the milk supply. Goats, unlike dairy cows will not breed any month of the year. Being organic ensures that no hormones, or different methods to induce breeding will be used. The goats are able to access pasture year around and during winter months they are given shelter from the elements and have access to fresh air and space to roam if desired. The goats come inside to be milked twice daily and are fed an organic whole grain treat when they are in the parlour. They are then free to go and eat their greens of fresh organic hay that we produce on the farm in the summe. The goats are fed a home raised top quality dry hay & grass mixture. Goat's milk is more easily digestible, contains more vitamins, and less cholesterol & lactose than cow's milk. Fairwind Farms produces goats milk (pasteurized but not homogenized), a variety of yoghurt flavours (vanilla, saskatoon, raspberry, strawberry, apricot-mango), and a variety of hard and soft goat cheese. All products are processed in the farm’s own provincially-inspected plant.
Russian garlic has a strong garlic flavour and a warm sweet aftertaste. Not only is Garlic widely used in many dishes but it is also reported that with regular use garlic helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure. An interesting tip for all gardeners is that, like other members of the onion family, garlic is reputed to keep insects and fungal diseases at bay. By growing clumps of garlic throughout your garden you may be able to ward off some common problems like aphids.
Fairwinds goats have year long access to pastures for grazing & exercise! They are fed a home raised top quality dry hay & grass mixture. Whole fat goat's milk is more easily digestible, contains more vitamins, and less cholesterol & lactose than cow's milk. Expires within a minimum of 5 days.
Feta is traditionally a mixture of sheep and goat milk and originated in Greece. It is now produced in many different ways in many countries. The feta from Fairwinds Farm is a simple recipe following traditional methods. Expires within a minimum of 5 days. Price: $3.71/100g