If you have an itch to drive out of the city learn more about the country life, then Markegard family of Half Moon Bay have a workshop series that might be for you. The Markegards run a large grass-fed farm and ranch in Half Moon bay and raise beef, lamb, eggs and pastured pork, all available via CSA or purchase at the ranch. And in addition to regular ranch tours, the Markegards feature detailed workshops for the aspiring, or simply curious, urban farmer.
The first workshop on November 4th is “Cheese Making 101″ with cheese maker Louella Hill of San Francisco Milk Maid. Using fresh milk from the farm, students will learn cheese-making basics like cultures, molds and rennet. Students will create butter, buttermilk, ricotta-style cheese and end with a wheel of Havarti cheese for on-site eating or aging. The workshop will take place at TOTO Ranch a scenic coastal farm along the San Mateo coast. The cost is $75 and space is limited.
For those who want a deeper understanding of the milk they drink, the Markegards also offer a “Principles of Raw Milk Farm Walk” and workshop on November 5th. Hosted by Tim Wightman, an expert on raw milk production, the workshop will cover all the basic and key principles of quality, safe raw milk production. Students will learn more about soil, forage and herd management and how to look for the best quality milk from local sources. The workshop and farm walk is also at TOTO Ranch and the cost is $45.