Cartecay Farm News

July 11, 2018

Had to share a picture of two of Bella and Baloo’s puppies from their last litter.





October 3, 2017

Cartecay Farm will be at Tractor Supply’s FARMER’S MARKET in Ellijay on Saturday October 7th from 10-4. We will have Holland Lops and Lionhead bunnies for sale along with our Goat’s Milk Soap, Local Honey and farm fresh Eggs. Come out and visit with us and mention you saw us on our Website or Facebook for a 10% off on your purchase.


August 31, 2017

Well here’s the newest addition to Cartecay Farm little Deka, our fifth Great Pyr!

Here’s Deka relaxing in her toy box


July 2, 2017

We just received our license to sell raw unpasteurized organic goat milk in Georgia. We sell the milk in one quart and two quart bottles. This milk is not pasteurized and is for pets only.

According to the Journal of American Medicine, “Goat’s milk is the most complete food known.” It contains vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids that are utilized by your body with ease. In fact, your body can digest goat’s milk in just 20 minutes. It takes 2-3 hours to digest cow’s milk.

Excerpt from “The Maker’s Diet” by Jordan S. Rubin…

‘You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household, and the nourishment of your maidservants’ (Proverbs 27:27).

The milk consumed in biblical times differed much from the milk we consume today. The milk of the Bible came from cows and goats and was consumed straight from the animal (it was not pasteurized or homogenized), or it was immediately fermented. These ‘live’ foods provide excellent health benefits in contrast to today’s pasteurized, homogenized, often skimmed and ‘refortified’ milk, which is not only less nutritious but also can be potentially harmful and a major cause of allergies and even heart disease. (pg 147)

Below are some of the health benefits attributed to raw goat milk consumption:

  • Goat’s milk is less allergic – It does not contain the complex protein that stimulate allergic reactions to cow’s milk.)
  • Goat’s milk does not suppress the immune system.
  • Goat’s milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk (An old statistic showed that goat’s milk will digest in a baby’s stomach in twenty minutes, whereas pasteurized cow’s milk takes eight hours.  The difference is in the structure of the milk.)
  • Goat’s milk has more buffering capacity than over the counter antacids. (The USDA and Prairie View A&M University in Texas have confirmed that goat’s milk has more acid-buffering capacity than cow’s milk, soy infant formula, and nonprescription antacid drugs.)
  • Goat’s milk alkalinizes the digestive system.  It actually contains an alkaline ash, and it does not produce acid in the intestinal system.  Goat’s milk helps to increase the pH of the blood stream because it is the dairy product highest in the amino acid L-glutamine.  L-glutamine is an alkalinizing amino acid, often recommended by nutritionists.

Pg. 148 – “The Makers Diet”

  • Goat’s milk contains twice the healthful medium-chain fatty acids, such as capric and caprylic acids, which are highly antimicrobial. (They actually killed the bacteria used to test for the presence of antibiotics in cow’s milk!)
  • Goat’s milk does not produce mucus; it does not stimulate a defense response from the human immune system.
  • Goat’s milk is a rich source of the trace mineral selenium, a necessary nutrient, however, for its immune modulation and antioxidant properties.

Pg 149 “The Maker’s Diet”

Lactose Intolerant?

  • Easier digestion allows the lactose to pass through the intestines more rapidly, not giving it time to ferment or cause an osmotic imbalance.
  • Goat’s milk also contains 7% less lactose than cow milk.
  • Additionally, most lactose intolerant people have found that they can tolerate goat’s milk and goat milk products.

Goat’s Milk Soothes the Digestive Tract

  • Goat’s milk has long been used and recommended as an aid in the treatment of ulcers due to its more effective acid buffering capacity.
  • Children on goat’s milk have been observed to sleep through the night and remain more satisfied between meals.

Mother Nature is very Clever

  • Natural milk contains many bio-active components, which serve to retard the growth of harmful organisms, and to protect the health of the person consuming them. Goat’s milk contains the same important bioactive components as mother’s milk.

Medicinal properties of goat milk

The importance of feeding infants with goat milk has been recognized since ancient days. In developed countries like U.S and South Africa, the goat milk is specifically marketed for the infants. The milk allergy problem common in infants fed with cow milk is rarely encountered when replaced with goat milk and it plays an important role in the formulation of infant formula. This is a proof of the medicinal property of goat milk.

The symptoms like gastrointestinal disturbances, vomiting, colic, diarrhea, constipation and respiratory problems can be eliminated when goat milk is fed to the infants. The reason cited for the relief in respiratory problems when fed with goat milk can be attributed to the structure of casein micelle of the goat milk. Pasteurized goat milk is well tolerated by the infants with gastro intestinal or respiratory symptoms. Fermented goat milk products are ideal for the persons allergic to cow milk.

Goat milk is naturally homogenized. It forms a soft curd when compared to cow milk and hence helps in easy digestion and absorption. Regular intake of goat milk significantly improves the body weight gain, improved mineralization of skeleton, increased blood serum vitamin, mineral and hemoglobin levels. These points are considered advantageous when compared to consumption of human milk.

The other medicinal property of goat milk is higher concentration of medium chain fatty acids which play an important role in imparting unique health benefits in mal-absorption syndrome, steatorrhoea, chyluria, hyperlipoproteinaemia and during conditions of cystic fibrosis, gall stones and childhood epilepsy. The medium chain fatty acids minimize cholesterol deposition in the arteries, aid in dissolving cholesterol and gallstones and significantly contribute to normal growth of infants.


May 26, 2017

Wonderful news! Bella had 10 beautiful and healthy puppies! Bella is doing great. She had six males and four females. Four are pure white, three males and a female, and six are either partial or full badger. Way to go Bella.

Here they are!!!

On the same day Bella had her puppies we also put our garden in, a few weeks late but we were so busy on the farm. We planted tomatoes: Better boys, Rutgers, a few Mr. Stripeys (thanks Jack) and a few Mortgage Lifters (Thanks Donna), peppers, Red Bells, Hot Bananas and Sweet Bananas. We also put some squash and zucchinis in. Leslie will plant some asparagus today (thanks Mary).


February 17, 2017

Our day old female chicks have arrived and are thriving.  We ordered Black Australorps, Silver Laced and Columbian Wyandottes, New Hampshire Reds, Black Stars, Rhode Island Reds, Delawares, Pearl-White Leghorns, Sultans, Silver and Whited Crested and Buff Laced Polish.  We should have a few extras to sell. To view the video baby


January 4, 2017

Happy New Year everyone! It’s a new year and we’ve launched a new major endeavor, a farm store.

Here you can purchase fresh organic free-range eggs (our own), apple pie fillings, scratch home-made breads, cakes, pies and cookies, local natural raw honey, natural hand creams, goat’s milk soap and lip balms, hand-made sterling silver jewelry (made by us) and much more.

The store hours are 9:00-5:00 seven days a week. The breads and pastries are made fresh daily and vary so please call for availability.


November 11, 2016.

Quick update, later today we will be adding the latest puppy and lionhead bunny pictures.

It was a chilly 40 degrees this morning so we had our first morning fire of the year, just to take the chill out.



This cast iron stove is a JOTUL F 500 from Norway and we love it, it’s the the best selling non-catalytic cast iron wood-stove in North America. It’s beautiful, heats the whole house and we also cook on it. It comes with a side door for really big logs and has a bottom door with a pull out tray for very easy ash removal (which we save for the chickens so they can take a dust bath, they love it). The large antique cast iron pot on top adds much needed moisture to the air. We sit right in front of it in the morning while we have our coffee and solve all of the world’s problems.


October 27, 2016.

Bella had five beautiful and healthy puppies on October 25, 2016, the pups will be ready late December – Christmas puppies. Bella had  three all-white males, a badger male and a badger female (our first).

Here’s the first puppy pics at three days old.


Here’s our only badger male.



Here’s an all-white male.



This is Kelly, our only female badger.



Here’s an all-white male.



These purebred puppies are $400 each and a $100 deposit will hold a puppy, see puppies.


Quick Update: August 23 2016.


Here’s Leslie after canning 23 more jars of tomato sauce.


Aug. 20 2016, Third Update. We did MORE tomatoes, 23 quarts of sauce!! The tomato plants (all 50) are still full of fruit and flowers.



Here’s a shot of Leslie’s famous manatee bread! We ate it, they’re not endangered anymore. Actually it slipped when she was putting it on the stone and this was the result.



And here’s last night’s dinner, pizza with our own tomatoes and basil topped with homemade mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Leslie also made calzones, the oven and stone were hot, one all cheese (for her) and one with anchovy and basil (for me).


Aug. 15 2016, Second Update. The tomatoes are really coming in, we canned around 140 tomatoes Sunday . . .


and this was the final product, 19 more quarts of tomato sauce!

Today its make more pickles and harvest some peppers, we have, red bells, hot and sweet bananas and jalapenos. A banana pepper sauteed in olive oil is one of our favorite sides and excellent when chopped and mixed in with scrambled eggs.

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Here’s the peppers I picked this morning, I felt like Peter Piper. The ones on the left are the hots and the ones on the right are the sweets.


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Today we will have stuffed red bell peppers for dinner, one of our favorites. This wonderful recipe is now on the web site.


Aug. 7 2016, This is our first update. We’ve been at it a week! It’s a lot of work and time building a website from scratch, but also a lot of fun. We time slice all day between our regular chores and typically work on the site well into the night. And now the tomatoes are starting to really come in. We’re picking almost three dozen a day and this will keep increasing throughout the summer. We have 50 Better Boy plants and they have been excellent so far, sweet, firm and low acid. Leslie canned 12 quarts of tomatoes this morning, here’s a few pictures. As I’m typing this I can hear the lids popping, that’s a nice sound!

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Here’s what we started with.


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Here they are being rendered down and canned in a hot water bath for 45 minutes.



And here’s the first finished batch of the season. We use our own tomato sauce for pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, calzones and other dishes, it’s a real staple at the farm. The best part is that homemade taste and it’s totally organic, we never use pesticides, chemicals or even fertilizer. We only use goat and rabbit manure to enrich the soil and the plants are huge, full of fruit, lush and green naturally.


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Leslie also canned seven jars of green white beans yesterday. The beans were given to us by our good friend Donna, thank you Donna.


Aug 1, 2016, Just launched our new Cartecay Farm website. It is a major work in progress but also a labor of love. Leslie and I hope to share all that’s happening on this blessed little farm.  We will constantly be updating the blog with Cartecay Farm news, recipes, new births, help and tip information and any ideas from our readers.







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