Category Archives: Tours & Fun Visits

Al Pastor Evening in the Garden

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With a dappled light on the garden and the sun’s spotlight on the pasture of goats, the Maagic Mountain Farm’s “Al Pastor” dinner began as guests arrived and enjoyed the land that would offer their evening meal. The event opened with a prayer and offering of bee pollen on the tongue while local musician, Gentle Thunder, graciously blessed each person with her flute.  The guests were ushered through the garden to the table with another tune while the wild birds added their song from the trees.

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Chef JT Beggs of “Kin & Kitchen” in Santa Cruz, California, along with his passionate assistant Charlie, worked feverishly in the kitchen preparing five courses of Mezze including cigar-shaped, handmade filo-dough Boreki filled with fresh goat sausage and goat cheese, and braised red amaranth and spring greens with white beans.

Simultaneously, JT cooked on the outdoor applewood firepit preparing Shashlik on sword spears and fresh fire-grilled flatbread served with a fresh garlic mint yogurt dipping sauce.  Homemade chokecherry mead, fresh honey-thyme tea, wild rose honey wine and kefir juice drinks were offered with warm thyme olives and goat cheeses.  All this was followed by the main courses of hand-rolled couscous with tender spring vegetables, goat bone-broth yogurt soup with purslane, and Tangier, a Moroccan spiced goat meat, cooked for two days in earthenware pots created by the chef himself.

The meal was eaten on beautiful handmade spiral plates created by our local potter, Noam Zimm of Clay Dance Studios.  Noam also offered guests Turkish coffee from the outdoor fire.  Guests walked their coffee down to the milkstall for a splash of fresh milk offering a latte froth to the top.  Last, but certainly not least, guests enjoyed desserts of Gateau Basque with fresh local cherry filling and Angelica Cake covered in fresh wild rose petals.

The evening was a true taste of the land and supported by the local community.  Dave from Running Rabbit Mills delivered fresh ground flour from Fort Jones, Kate from Homeward Bounty allowed us to visit her farm in Grenada on Friday morning for the freshest produce not available from the homestead garden.  Rockside Ranch of Etna offered organic pasture raised pork lard and fresh cow cream from Kid Creek Pastures of Mt. Shasta.  We are privileged to live in such an amazingly abundant and supportive community.

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Love and gratitude to the vibrant land, sun, water and air that feeds the plants, animals, and people “plorking” (play/working) together to create a symbiotic, nourishing life.

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This entire evening was visioned by chef JT Beggs and planned for over a year.  The food was raised with love and intent at Maagic Mountain Farm, and the magic presented at the table was all created and prepared over the course of three days by JT with his love of the land, animals, and international culinary traditions.  Learn more about JT Beggs and “Kin & Kitchen” at http://kinandkitchen.com.

JT offered a homestead butcher class prior to the Al Pastor event and demonstrated his conscious and compassionate approach to slaughter.  This homestead butcher class was attended by seven women offering a feminine hand and desire to learn to the butchering process.  This evening class ended with fire-roasted flatbread, yogurt sauce, salad and roasted ribs.

This 3-day culinary experience is an inspiration and encouragement for us all to explore how to create more dinner club opportunities in our county.

ATTENTION: Hosts, Guests, Farmers & Chefs let us unite to create more local food events in our community.  To learn more about future events email interest to Leslie Ellorin at Maagicmtnherd@gmail.com

 

 

 

Gentle Yoga on the Farm

When life feels too big to handle, go outside.

Everything looks smaller when you’re standing under the sky.

L.R. Knost

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Deborah Franzini leads this gentle Yoga class tuning us into our inner world in the presence of all the natural sights, sounds, smells and vibrations of the outside world on the farm.  Rain, shine, and in ever-changing light, we stretch, we breath, we ground ourselves.  The class is adaptive, gentle and at the sametime very deep making it effective for all levels.

Take time for yourself to slow down, stretch, breathe, and practice presence in the moment.

 

 

Maagical Solstice: A Member’s Experience

By farm family member, Ashley Hirsh

ash with goat.jpgI grew up in a conventional American household in Las Vegas, Nevada. The nutrition of my youth was S.A.D. (Standard American Diet.) Meals came out of boxes or cans and our idea of a refreshing beverage was an ice cold Pepsi. When I left home and began my journey across the country and back again I learned a lot about healthy lifestyle. I longed to live in a community that valued slow food and connection to the Earth. When I arrived in Mount Shasta, I knew I had found such a place and celebrating the Summer Solstice at Maagic Mountain Farm on June 21st felt like part of a dream come true.

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My family enjoyed our three minute walk to Maagic Mountain Farm and arrived at 8:30am to find an already festive gathering. Friends and neighbors chatted around bistro tables graced by bright calendula bouquets. The spread of farm fresh victuals was astonishing! Hard boiled chicken and duck eggs, fresh baked bread, homemade goat cheese, butter, and yogurt, sun ripened cherries, sticky sweet preserves, crumbly buttered scones… AND LATTES… made by goats… with help from Leslie.

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I stood transfixed, coffee cup in hand, waiting for the “melted ice cream goat” to take the milking stand. Once in position, I handed over my mug and in a few squeezes had a foamy, creamy, and delicious latte straight from the udder, quite a marvel for this city born girl with a country heart! I savored my beverage while my two year old enthusiastically accepted the responsibility of goat brushing. If you are a parent, you know what a miracle it is to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and have your child otherwise occupied…

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I can’t explain how grateful I am for the blessing of this farm and the joy we feel participating in it. Knowing there are people like the Ellorin Family working in an open-hearted, labor of love, community centered way makes the future feel brighter than many would have us believe. In the moments when I get caught up in what is going on “out there” it helps to remember the people doing good work right here in our neighborhood. No matter what we are going through, good people doing good work persist and there is always Maagic just around the corner.

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Girl Scouts Name Clover

The Girl Scouts came out and we had a great time playing on the farm.  The girls toured everything from the compost to the beehives to the milkstall.The girls tried hand milking and held baby goats.

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They enjoyed spending time in the field brushing them and playing.  They asked many questions and had a great time checking everything out.  After a good handwashing, we tasted many of the farm food produced by the animals.

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At the end of their visit, they came to me with a suggestion…

“We think you should name this baby goat Clover.”  They continued to explain back to me what they had learned, “Her mom is Daisy, her aunt is Sweet Pea, Grandma is Buttercup…We think her name should be Clover!”

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And so it is…Daisy’s doeling is named Clover!

Golden Eagle Charter School Visits

Golden Eagle Charter School came out a couple times this year offering grades K-5th an opportunity to learn how family scale food production is done.  They learned how all the animals have their jobs on the farm:

Goats – Landscapes, weed eradicators, providers of meat and milk and lots of fun

Chickens – Compost turners, waste and bug eaters, egg and meat providers

Ducks – Waterway cleaners, bug eaters, and egg providers

Dogs – Farm security and doorbell service

Cat – Rodent control and feed protection patrol

Bees – Pollinators and honey producers

Microbes and other unseen creatures – Work their magic to turn waste to black gold

Humans – Pay the bills, feed and water where necessary, and keep everyone happy

Everyone feeds each other here…One creature’s waste is another’s food and we just keep feeding each other!

“Milking is fun!”