Friday, October 31, 2008

Yak Tracks: Yak Calf Touch Down (Bad News, Then Good News)

Our first snowfall of the winter arrived in Mad River Valley two days ago, and with it, and somewhat unexpectedly, two brand-new calves.

Unfortunately, one arrived in the middle of the night - blowing snow and sub-zero temperatures - and we didn't find her until late the next morning. She didn't make it - and the sadness of feeling the passing of a creature we didn't get a chance to know was tough. Mother Lila, a beautiful Trim with wonderful eyes - indicated her sadness, too, with plenty of grunting and exploration of the pasture.

But tempering this was the birth to one of our Royals - Oreo - of a new calf later in the day.

Emma named her "Lucky," and we all agree that a better name could not be found.

Here she is:

Monday, October 20, 2008

FROM MAINE: Taste Test - Cow versus Yak

From a Maine neighbor and former "yak virgin."

Official Maine Yak Report.

Grilled to medium rare along with a couple of well-marbled rib eyes roughly the same thickness.

10 minutes direct high (5 minutes/side) + 3 minutes/side indirect medium.

Family taste test results:

1. Yak had a more distinctive flavor than beef. Daughter Lily said, "Yummy!" I concur.
2. Yak was slightly tougher but still nice and tender.
3. Grilled up similar to beef.

Unanimous thumbs up!

Best wishes for future yakkin'.

YAK TRACKS: Yakking About Autumn in Mad River

Oh, to be a yak, on the hill, at Steadfast Farm, under the warmth of the autumn sun.

The next best thing?

To be a yak farmer, on the hill, at Steadfast Farm, under the warmth of the autumn sun.

Simply stunning...

Here's how we conduct our monthly Vermont Yak Company business meetings.

And look! Even dogs like yak meat.

And here's herding on the hill - yak on!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

YAK TRACKS: Yak Snap Shots

Random snapshots of Vermont Yak Company this fall.

Our bottle-fed calf Natasha, who loves eating pumpkins. (Notice her orange nose.)

Our table at the Saturday Farmer's Market, our primary venue for meat sales.

The triumphant return of Janet Onyak, our favoritely-named customer, on her birthday.

Our neighbor and friend Dan samples our sweet Italian sausage. Yum!