Time on the farm – Wildflower Farm

Have you ever experienced something when you were young that you didn’t truly appreciate until you were older?

That is what our visit at Wildflower Farm was like for me. I have come to the conclusion that like many, my early years have truly shaped me. This foundation has also helped me find peace and purpose when no other “education” could.

Auntie Lee My Auntie Lee said it best yesterday while we were visiting. She said; “The older I get, the more I want to go back and live where I came from”.

Now, Auntie Lee’s dad was always in the garden or tinkering in his workshop in the basement. I remember going down there to watch him work with his tools or to just sit and have a can of root beer. I enjoyed the mixed smell of oil, metal and the coolness from his basement so much that often times I would make a beeline for the back of the house when we arrived. From there, I could go see what his latest project was or visit the garden, where there was always something to explore.

True to Auntie’s roots, she recently bought an organic farm.  It has been updated a bit to include  a wind turbine, and a few solar panels, but it has the old fashioned above-ground root cellar and fruit trees like when she was young. I can picture her now, out in the garden, enjoying digging around and planting tomatoes and other food.

Going back to my roots means a garden and exploring what it means to live harmoniously in nature. After all we ARE part of nature. It’s just been easy for us humans to forget.  SPiCEY hubby and I are extremely aware that growing up in these times, SPiCEY Son has not had the benefit of either mine or my Auntie’s time on the small farm or even country living as it was.

My best childhood friends, which I found in nature and stacks of books, seem a worthy experience to share with SPiCEY Son and we work to do so as often as we can. Especially those related to animals and better understanding how we can work WITH nature.

On our ride over to Wildflower Farm, SPiCEY Son said he hadn’t really been up close to goats before (petting them at the zoo didn’t count) so he was super excited. He was hopeful that we might even get to ride their horse.

Linda Gutierrez and her dogs greeted us warmly at their door – and as we walked back past the fruiting persimmon and shampoo ginger (awesome for your skin and washing your hair), I couldn’t help but think about Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

Persimmon Tree

Persimmon Tree

shampoo ginger

shampoo ginger

Despite the heat of the day SPiCEY Son, another friend and I spent over an hour checking out their sweet little American Alpine goat herd, horse and chickens.

Here is a picture of Son with the goats. The white and black goat “Sunflower” kept head butting him and standing on his shoes. To which he later said, “It was a little bit annoying. ” Just to be in the presence of an animal he doesn’t typically hang out with and try to understand what they are all about was fascinating to him. He certainly didn’t want to leave.  🙂

Sunflower being curious

Sunflower being curious

When I was a kid, I distinctly remember having goats milk to drink – it didn’t happen often, but it left quite a good impression. Now days with pasteurization being the norm, Wildflower Farm sells there raw products “For pet use only”, as per Florida law.  Florida is 1 of 3 states where raw milk products may only be sold as “pet food”, and there are about a dozen where raw milk is illegal. Those aside, the majority of the country seems to be turning us back to our forbearer’s knowledge of what is healthy for our bodies.

Free Range Chickens

Below is an interesting website that seems to have relatively updated info from around the Country on Raw milk.  http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/raw_milk_map.htm

If you aren’t familiar with goat’s milks benefits, you should check it out. From the little I have researched – the make up of the molecules are smaller, and therefore easier to be absorbed by humans. IE…. the bloating, pain and reactions to cow’s milk, don’t typically happen with goat’s milk.

There are host of other benefits, but if you are like me, then researching it yourself is better than taking my word for it. 🙂

I was pleased by the simplicity, ease and cleanliness of the space used to milk the goats. They have a little stand to get them up high enough to make milking easier and all the equipment is kept in a nice clean environment.  Below is the stand the goats step up on twice a day. Linda doesn’t even have to put the neck brace around them as they happily stand there while she takes care of business.

goat milking stand

goat milking stand

Linda and Humberto Gutierrez live in Orlando, just off 50 near Semoran Blvd, but you would never know it was there. It has an unassuming feel about it with three exuberant dogs, an outdoor cat, a small group of 8 goats  (next year she is going to be extra busy with 5 girls to milk twice a day), a beautiful Arabian/Appaloosa horse and her 50 plus chickens. We are grateful for being able to spend time seeing how Linda does things on there farm and will absolutely be back.

Atila

Atila

I can’t wait to get some of the goat’s milk soap and maybe even help make some in the future!

A big “Thank you” to Fran for sharing and coming to visit while we were there!

Wildflower Farms sells {Raw items are for pet Use} —  

Goats milk ` from $3 – $12 (bring your own jars to save $)

Cheese ` Chevre, Feta & Queso Blanco for $5 (size depends on variety)

Eggs ` $3 a dozen

Goat’s milk soap ` $5 (honeysuckle & pumpkin spice this batch)

May you know the SPiCE in life.

AS

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2 thoughts on “Time on the farm – Wildflower Farm

  1. How do I get in contact with someone at the farm? I used to buy their milk at my local co-op in Orlando, but the co-op had been closed for the summer. I see they have their feta cheese there, but no raw milk. I am dying to have some again.

    • Hi Bunny- thanks for reading and asking the question! The co-op opens with limited vendors for a Saturday pick up. 🙂

      Linda can be reached directly at humlinguti@centurylink.net, be patient as she is outside much of the time and her farm keeps her very busy. 🙂 Please tell her you saw our article on S.P.i.C.E.

      Thanks a bunch and YUMMY!!
      AS

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