Spring Lambing Is Nearly Chaos In Northwest Farm Country
By Anna King
Published: Northwest News Network | April 07, 2010 11 p.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:08 a.m. | Dayton, WA
Farm life can look serene from afar. Shows like the old stand-by ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ portray a slower pace — nothing like the hectic city grind full of traffic, nagging email and never-ending Tweets.
But this time of year, life on many farms is at its most frenetic. Anna King traveled to a sheep and goat cheese farm in Dayton, Washington. She has this snapshot of rural life during lambing season.
To an outsider, life at the Monteillet Fromagerie looks crazy. Just a short visit to the artisan cheese farm sends my head spinning.
In a small cheese tasting room winemakers are trying to pair their libations with cheese for an upcoming promotion. A pro photographer wanders around in colorful muck boots snapping shots. And guests from China have dropped in for a tour.
Then there’re about 300 hungry sheep and goats to deal with. And there’s cheese to be made.