Something was amiss at our farmers’ market recently. Justyne of Noble Springs Dairy, whom we’ve affectionately nicknamed Goatgirl in the same vein as Supergirl, was nowhere to be found. Her place had been taken by her fiance Dustin, aka Goatboy. On a typical Saturday morning he’s at the West Nashville Farmers’ Market while she’s at the Franklin Farmers’ Market with us. Why the change? Goatboy’s response: “Well, I gave her the morning off to get ready. We’re getting married tonight.”
No, the shock on Lou’s face isn’t from learning about the imminent wedding. It’s from a different discovery, made possible with Goatgirl’s tutelage and Morgan the goat’s patience. If you squeeze it, milk will come.
Last fall my girls milked Morgan. Winter and spring, Goatgirl and Goatboy cared for her and all her friends. This summer we ate their cheese spread on crackers and topped with blueberries, tomatoes, and cucumbers. So simple. So good.
So, thanks Goatgirl and Goatboy. You are real-life superheroes to us. Now, about those capes…
Goat Cheese and Crackers with Blueberries, Tomatoes, and Cucumbers
This really isn’t much of a recipe, now is it? Still, it’s a fun appetizer or light lunch, but don’t make it too far in advance as the chevre will soften the crackers.
* goat cheese
* lemon zest or juice
* toppings: blueberries, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers
* kosher salt
Soften goat cheese and mix in lemon to taste. Spread on crackers and add toppings. Sprinkle salt over tomatoes and cucumbers. Eat and repeat as needed.