The driveway leading to Double Blessing Farm gives nothing away as to what is grown there; it isn’t until you’ve crested the hill that the goat pasture and barn come into view. On a sunny autumn day we had the opportunity to tour the farm and sample some of their wares.
In the farm’s early days the owners purchased their first goat and named the farm upon finding out she was pregnant, or so the story goes. Today they breed goats and sell a half-dozen products made out of goats milk. Our tour of the farm included storytime and a short lesson about goats, after which we got to meet and greet the local residents. Lauris and Mikus were amused to learn that baby goats are called kids! Moms (and those of the kids who were willing) were then treated to goat cheese and crackers, a deliciously creamy, mild cheese that can be purchased at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market. Lauris tasted goat’s milk and declared it tastes just the same as cow’s milk, but the favorite treat was homemade fudge.
Double Blessing Farm is also the home of Red Clay Soap. We took a look at (and smell of!) some of the soaps currently available, all made with goat’s milk and for sale on their website. The boys took home small samples of the soap, and we had hardly made it home before they were washing their hands to try it out.
Double Blessings is also home to chickens, a border collie Mollie and a husky-cross, Moo. We admired the chicken coops and threw Mollie a few sticks, but soon it was time to head home. I’m already thinking about returning in the spring when there will be baby goats to pet, although we might catch the owners sooner on either of the last two Thursdays this month at the Bluegrass Festival & Harvest Market. (One of the largest farmer’s markets in the Upstate, the Market is located in Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest from 5 to 8:30pm, and includes not only local vendors such as Double Blessings but also food trucks and live music.) Fingers crossed they have some of that goat cheese for sale!
You can find the Red Clay Soaps website here.
Information on setting up your own tour of the farm is available here.