Daily archives "December 7, 2007"

Saanen goats and mince pies

There are two weeks to go before the site closes for the summer holidays. We’re now open for delivery and collection on 13 December, and the 20th December will be our last delivery day until we open in the New Year. The site re-opens on the 10th of January, for delivery and collection on the 17th January.

Cloud Cottage is a farm owned by Christopher and Eva Dry, and is in a mountain valley in the Langkloof, about 60km from Knysna.

They’ve been farming biodynamically and organically for the past six years, mainly with a herd of 50 Saanen goats, who supply the milk for all the Chevre goats cheese logs we have available. As with all of our cheeses, they use vegetable rennet, and not animal rennet, which many supermarket cheeses use.

I am always uncomfortable this time of the year at the consumerism on display – what began as a spirit of celebration has been subverted into one of consumption. Where many of us have accepted that the way to show our love is to spend money (and we sacrifice much of our lives to earn ‘enough’), there’s nothing better than a gift from the heart. And the supply can be infinite.

After that disclaimer, of course do we have gifts and festive season goodies on offer!

Organic Alive have supplied us with a range of holiday season baked goods. There are Christmas cakes (note that the Christmas cakes need a week’s lead time, so this week will be the last week you can order them, for delivery on 20/10), as well as Christmas ginger biscuits, and mince pies. Mincing, for those of you like me who associate the term with meat, is actually a technique for finely dividing food ingredients, and our mince pies certainly don’t contain meat!

Many of our customers say that our site is too difficult to browse, and the lists too long. We agree – and unfortunately it’s just got a lot longer! But do take the time to look through the Festive Season, and Featured and New sections – there are a host of products and gift ideas. There are a huge range of oils from Divine Organics, gift soaps with wooden angels in a presentation box, a 2008 indigenous gardening calendar, and wind-up radios, lanterns and torches.

If you can’t decide on a gift from the range of products available, a simple solution is an Ethical Co-op voucher.

And, as if you need to be told, to order, head on over to www.ethical.org.za.

The Co-op team.