March weather in the Yakima Valley can vary wildly. It can be sunny and warm one day and cold and snowing the next. This year has been no exception. Kendall woke up traumatized last week when there was snow on the ground. But her trauma soon turned to joy when the air warmed up to a nice 65 degrees and remained that way for a while.
Saturday was a perfect March day—sunny and warm with the smell of spring all around. It was an ideal day to visit Tieton Farm & Creamery. The Creamery hosted an open house from noon-3 p.m. for anyone who wanted to see the newborn goats and sheep. Mandi and I rounded up the girls and headed out for the afternoon.
The first thing we saw when we arrived at Tieton Farm was a girl holding a tiny goat born just the day before. They named her Lisa. We made our way into the barn to see goats and sheep aplenty. There were still some pregnant goats ready to burst. But the majority of the kids were drinking milk, cuddling with their mamas or lounging in the sun just outside the barn.
After cuddling on the goats for a while and snapping too many photos, we made our way to the cheese table. We washed our hands, as you should any time you pet or hold farm animals, and then began tasting the delicious cheeses they had on display. They make their artisan farmstead cheeses right on site—it doesn’t get any fresher than that! Sophie, Kendall & Taylor participated fully. Mandi and I were surprised at how willing they were to taste the different varieties and they liked almost everything. Mandi and I loved it all!
At the end of our visit we were standing by the full-grown pigs—not a pretty site! It was at that time Taylor said “Can we get out of this place?! It smells worse than I expected”. Okay, farm girl, let’s go. And that’s when we headed out. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
I know I’ve said this before, but we are so lucky to have amazing people and products in this beautiful valley of ours–very lucky indeed.
You can find Tieton Farm & Creamery cheeses at local restaurants, PCC Natural Market, Deep Sea Deli and at the Yakima Farmer’s Market.