Hello & Welcome to Half Fast Farm
So that you may know a little about us, we started the farm in May 1994 on eight acres. Chickens came first, not the egg. Soon after we had horses, a cow and a couple of wild LaMancha goats for eating brush Samantha & Gabriella. It wasn't long before I bought my first day old Nubian cross doeling. We named her Mudflap, I was in love and the rest is history. We now keep only registered Nubians,Purebreds, American & a few Grade Nubians. Our foundation Nubians come from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky,North Carolina & Tennessee. Their pedigrees go back to Kastemur's LH Full Service, Willow Run Thetis Tome', Foxwood SM Samaritan's Legacy, Old Glory Texas Gunslinger, Starfire's OGDS Phig Newton, and Dogwood-Hollow N. Atlantis to name a few.
Samantha, Gabriella & Mudflap are long gone, all victims of CAE (caprine arthritis-encephalitis). Because of what I saw them go through I took the time and extra effort to become CAE negative. Any animals purchased for breeding stock are tested before I go to look at them. We work hard to improve our herd and the Nubian goat in general. Toward that goal, each year we travel to different parts of the country to purchase bucks. We provide stud service with doe care on our farm. The "honeymoon suite" is a spacious pasture and stall in our barn. All does must be healthy, have their shots, have good feet and no visible signs of any illness.
On January 16, 2009, we moved to 22 acres in Elizabethtown, Northwestern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We are still removing fallen trees, clearing brush and putting in fences for more pastures. A spring begins in our does pasture, it winds its way through rocks and trees to the Susquehanna River a 1/4 mile away. So far I think I have put up about 3 miles of fence and dug holes that would go all the way to China.
Not all of the milk is used for raising kids, or to make goat milk soap, some is sold to people who raise orphan baby animals and other soapmakers. Our soap has won first prize at the Elizabethtown Fair in 2009, 2010 and 2011. I won first prize at the Pennsylvania Farm Show with my soap in 2012.
We currently make and sell soap, Knuckle butter; a to die for moisturizer, wood crafts, tye-dyed shirts, blankies, crochet washcloths and aprons. Last spring we printed a cookbook with 450 recipes. We are selling it for only $20. We are at the Farmers Market in Hershey beside the Cocoa Beanery on Bullfrog Valley Road, in Hershey, Pennsylvania in season. We are also vendors at the Capital Market in Harrisburg in Soldiers Grove across from the fountain at the Main Capital building. In additon, We do craft shows, "fests" and "field days" in season. Our favorite is the Falmouth Goat Races which are held the last Saturday in September. There we "rent" goats for people to walk around with, or race with and additionally we sell goat related products.
On May 17, 2012 we will enter a whole new phase of operation. That of CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture; or Farm to Family). We will be offering shares of our goats to people. When you buy a share of a goat, you will receive the fruits of your goat in the form of the fresh cheese known as Chevre. It is a flavorful soft cheese we are offering either in the plain variety or with natural flavors added including pineapple with wild honey, kiwi and lime, onion and garlic, pepperjelly, and very hot pepper. You will be able to substitute a 1/2 gallon of milk for part of your share.
This year is marking may milestones, we have became a Pennsylvania Preferred vendor, registered with the Department of Agriculture and we have the banners and stamps to prove it. Another milestone is that we are now able to accept credit cards for all payments. Welcome to the 21st century.
Browse through our site and visit with us. We hope you are able to relax and enjoy the scenery. Welcome to Lancaster County. Welcome to Half Fast Farm.
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