October 2, 2011

Author Q &A: Compulsive gamboling

Janice Spaulding loves goats, so her new book aims to teach the like-minded both how to care for the animals and how to cook with their milk and meat.

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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GOAT CHEESE AND WINE TASTING from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Rising Tide Community Market, 323 Main St., Damariscotta.

THE SPAULDINGS ALSO can be found every week at some Maine farmers' markets:

Dover-Foxcroft Farmers' Market at the Pisataquis Regional YMCA, 48 Park St., Dover-Foxcroft. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays.

•  Dexter Farmers Market at the P & L Country Grocery, Route 7, between Dexter and Corinna. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

GOAT CHEESE from Stony Knolls Farm is also available direct from the farm at 49 Maple Lane, St. Albans.

TO LEARN MORE about Stony Knolls Farm or Goat School, call 938-3714 or go to mainegoats.com or goatschool.com.

Q: What percentage of your students actually go on to raise goats?

A: I would say about 75 percent. 

Q: Goat meat is becoming more popular, isn't it?

A: It is. The people who buy our goat meat tend to be either people who are well traveled and have had it in other countries, or people who are in the military and might have had it in another country. There are a lot of doctors of different ethnicities who actually recommend goat meat to their heart patients because it's so much lower in cholesterol. We've gotten a lot of customers that way. People have a hard time giving up red meat. 

Q: Are people surprised that it tastes good?

A: Oh yeah (laughing). 

Q: Are the recipes in the book things that you traditionally make with cow's milk and you just decided to try goat milk instead?

A: A lot of the recipes are developed by me, and some of them were a recipe that I changed around to accommodate goat cheese or goat milk. Sometimes, you've really got to tweak the recipe to be able to do that. 

Q: In what way?

A: Well, say a recipe has cream cheese in it. Goat cheese is much softer. So you have to fool around with the other ingredients in order to be able to accommodate that softer cheese. 

Q: Do you drink cow's milk any more?

A: No. It doesn't taste very good. 

Q: What's fun about raising goats?

A: They have the funniest personalities. Each and every one of them is different. We have one Nubian girl who comes into the milk room, and if the stand has got a piece of hay from the goat that was there previously, she'll look at it like, "Do you expect me to get up there?" She's really funny.

And then we have Winnie. Winnie is a little French alpine, and will not get off the milking stand unless she has a hug and a kiss. They're very sweet. They're handled twice a day because they get milked twice a day, so they're like pets. Pets with a bonus.

Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at:



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