Small farm venture, big fresh flavor

By Michelle Costanza

Small farm venture, big fresh flavor

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 11:53 PM EDT

Andes, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A husband and wife in Delaware County showed locals that having a successful dairy farm doesn't necessarily mean it has to be big.

Dirty Girl Farm in Delhi has only been in business for a year, but has already gained fans of their fresh products.

The farm gets its name from the couples' daughter, a 4-year-old who prefers milking goats over playing with dolls.

Cyndi Wright and Lester Bourke opened their three-acre property on Monday to locals who were interested in starting their own homestead or small farming venture.

"I know a lot of people don't understand really what a pasteurization plant is, and we like the fact that people want to come and see and learn, really how it's done," said Wright, owner of the farm.

The couple said many people don't know the opportunities available when it comes to farming, even with limited land.

Twenty-one goats make their home in the handmade barn in the back yard. A small room attached to the stable allows for the milking, pasteurization and bottling process.

"We milk the goats twice a day, it takes about two hours to milk, pasteurizing takes about five hours, between heating the milk up, keeping it at a certain temperature for half an hour, cooling the milk down to the point where we can chill it and put it in the bottles, and clean up again," Wright said. "It's pretty much start in the morning, finish bottling by the afternoon, and then start milking at night.

The couple is currently selling their products to nearly 10 local stores and farmstands. But a newly formed Brooklyn-based Community Supported Agriculture group will transport their products downstate so residents will soon be able to find Dirty Girl Farm dairy on their shelves.

For now, the farm is producing and selling goat's milk, plain cheese, and herbed cheese. Wright says although they aren't planning on expanding in the near future, they may add yogurt to their list soon.

"We both only have two hands!" said Wright, but added they are more than happy with current production levels.

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