Yesterday we turned the animals loose, made sure the bunny brothel A/C was clean and functioning properly...everyone had lots of water and shade available and we were off for northern New York and Vermont. This trip kicked off the year’s preliminary farmer’s market set-up for wholesale product and another visit to the fiber mill for finished product. With us, were two of our friend’s, who had fiber to drop off for processing at the mill, while we had product to pick up and arrangements to be made for them to process more.
We also touched base with our cheese producer, who is offering a new product this year. He gave us a sample of the Burrata that they started producing and explained that it is a hot, hot, REALLY HOT item in a the city, with one place ordering and selling (or using) eight cases (of twelve containers) a week....and increasing their order weekly. We sampled a container on the way home, and were instantly aware of the reason it was such a hot item. It was HEAVENLY!
Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture. It is usually served fresh, at room temperature. The name "burrata" means "buttered" in Italian. Our friend, with an Italian background and an Italian hubby, commented that it far exceeded the best Italian cannoli as a dessert and informed us that she was anxious to have a container to take home to her husband. I pictured a nice big piece of this burrata on a dessert plate with a slice of tomato and a garnishing of basil.....DELICIOUS.
This Saturday will be the first weekend of the farmer’s market for the summer. We are anxious to get started and hope the weather is pleasant for the starter. They are kicking off the season with an art’s and craft thingie...so we’re hoping it becomes a big draw for our eggs, cheese and fiber stuff.
BUT FIRST....we must spend today getting ready for FOX news 23 tomorrow. They will be here doing a promotional thing on the hospice gift shop, so Vick will be a TV personality after tomorrow. She is a little up tight about doing it and says she won’t watch herself on TV. I’ve been on TV several times in the past as a fire chief and president of a local fire company when I was in Pennsylvania. Being on TV is not that exciting or terrible.....after all, we’re all people and there is no reason to be up tight in front of a camera, especially if you’re just yourself, like Vick is all the time anyway.
We hope that their coverage of the shop will make locals aware of the need for artwork and their patronage of this venture to help support this very worthy cause. We can perform not greater community service than to help hospice make our neighbors final days of this life’s journey, as pleasant...painless and dignified as humanly possible.
We will spend today readying the grounds, buildings and gift shop for the TV crew’s arrival on Friday. I’ll post the time and date they will air tomorrows video taping. Naturally, it’s on Fox News Network out of Albany, New York. It’s hard to tell how many friends will show up today to help get things ready......
Stay tuned for pictures of the barn, the grounds and the gift shop.....later today.
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