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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hatcher in your Life

Looking for creative Mother’s Day gift ideas that allow you to shop your conscience? What do kits for growing mushrooms and making cheese, tools for fermenting, books for inspired living, organic honey-sweetened chocolate, decadent face cream, and pollinator-friendly seed bombs have in common? You’ll find them all in the Hatch Lab shop.

We have seven great Mother’s Day gifts in our shop. Each one is unique, high-quality, and made with care by expert artisans from Oregon, California, Utah, Colorado, and Wisconsin who all prioritize the health of humans and the planet. Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hatcher in your Life

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Claudia Lucero: DIY Cheese Kit Queen of Portland, Author, and Inspiration

Claudia Lucero - DIY Cheese Kit Queen In 2006, Claudia Lucero moved from her lifelong home in San Diego, California, to the “maker” capital of the country: Portland, Oregon. It wasn’t long before she started making pickles, sauerkraut, butter, yogurt, and eventually cheese. Her cheesemaking began with Paneer and ricotta, then she moved on to goat cheese and mozzarella, and she was totally hooked. She was in the midst of a personal transformation that included a deep desire to know the sources of her food and focus on quality over quantity in many aspects of her life.

Inspired by cheesemaking recipes in books and a homesteading magazine from the 1970s, Claudia found cheese recipes that called for 5 to 50 gallons of milk at a time—not exactly practical for a casual cheesemaker in the city. But that didn’t stop her. She started tweaking and experimenting with those recipes to make them work for the small-scale urban cheesemaker with no more than a gallon of milk. From this philosophy, Urban Cheesecraft was born.

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Cheesemaking Tips from Gianaclis Caldwell, Author of Mastering Basic Cheesemaking

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Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

 

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Meet Gianaclis (Gee-on-a-klees) Caldwell. She lives in Southern Oregon on land her parents bought in the 1940s, where she was raised to be self-sufficient—not because it was cool but because it was necessary. Her family grew much of their own food, and they had cows for milk and dairy products. She explains, “My mom canned all summer. She knew exactly how many quarts of string beans, how many quarts of tomatoes we needed to make it through the winter.” Though Gianaclis moved away from the land for nearly 23 years and enjoyed a succession of careers including as a nurse and an installation artist, she returned to the property with her husband and daughters in 2005 to build Pholia Farm. Continue reading Cheesemaking Tips from Gianaclis Caldwell, Author of Mastering Basic Cheesemaking

Cheese Therapy and the Art of Buying Curd with Jessica Beer of Cured

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Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

Jessica Beer, Cured

Meats, cheeses, carefully chosen wines, chocolates, pickles, and goodies from local farms—these are some of the beautiful things you’ll find at Cured, a small specialty shop in Boulder, Colorado. Just visiting the shop is a treat in itself, and I’ve been doing so for years. I was delighted to sit down with Jessica Beer, cheesemonger, cheese buyer, and the store’s general manager, to learn a bit more about how to be an informed cheese consumer.

Jessica began her cheesemonger journey at the young age of 15 in northwest Philadelphia. Told by her parents that it was time for her to get a job, Jessica knew exactly what she wanted to do. So she walked into her local cheese shop, The Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop, which had been operating since the early ‘70s and had a 60-pound log of provolone hanging from the ceiling, and boldly asked for a job. To her delight, they complied and she began working weekends and after school for the next seven years. She speaks more fondly of the experience than most do about their first job, saying, “I worked there all the time and I just fell in love with the smells and the tastes and the stories and talking to people.” And while Jessica has explored other passions over the years, four years ago when she moved to Colorado, she returned to the world of cheese, first at Whole Foods as a cheese specialist, and then at Cured. Continue reading Cheese Therapy and the Art of Buying Curd with Jessica Beer of Cured

Pearls of Wisdom for the Aspiring Cheesemaker from Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft

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Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

 

Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft
Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft in her kitchen

In her own words, Claudia Lucero wants cheesemaking to be “easy, accessible, and empowering for everyone.” Claudia, a California native, lives in Portland, Oregon, and is the founder of Urban Cheesecraft, a thriving company that grew out of her own discovery that cheesemaking sits squarely at the intersection of creativity, science, and community.

When she first moved to Portland, Claudia lived in a small apartment that didn’t have a yard for growing veggies, so she joined a CSA (community-supported agriculture) group through which she received a fresh, diverse box of locally grown goodies every week. Fairly quickly, the beans and cabbage began to roll in by the bushel, so Claudia needed to find some creative things to do with them. After a bit of research on the Internets, she was armed with creative recipes for pickles, jams, and various ferments. Then she started whipping up yogurt and butter, fermenting with whey, and before long—crafting cheese! She started with simpler cheeses like paneer and ricotta, then graduated to goat cheeses and mozzarella, and soon she was creating first-class fromage. She was totally hooked. And so were her friends with whom she generously and enthusiastically shared her delicacies. Continue reading Pearls of Wisdom for the Aspiring Cheesemaker from Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft

Urban Goat Dairy Dishes on Cheese Making, Raw Milk, and Land Stewardship {simple recipe included}

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Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

 

In Boulder, Colorado, a pastoral plot of land sits on the north side of town, facing one of the city’s busiest roads. It’s called Long’s Gardens, and it’s a 25-acre plot that’s been actively farmed for nearly 100 years. A portion of the land is leased to Capricorn-1-by-Lisa-980x600two nonprofit organizations—Growing Gardens and Mountain Flower Urban Goat Dairy (Mountain Flower).

On a recent summer morning, I joined chef-turned-goat-farmer Michael Montgomery at a shaded picnic table on the four acres leased to Mountain Flower. I was interested in learning more about the dairy, the inspiration behind it, and some helpful cheese-making tips. Michael is the dairy’s co-director, working with Taber Ward who founded the organization in 2012.

About Mountain Flower
Mountain Flower provides raw goat milk to about 100 lucky families. Additional customers are currently waitlisted because the demand far outstrips the supply, and the dairy’s production and inventory levels vary throughout the year. Michael explains, “A lot of it has to do with the length of the day, so on the longest days of the year, we have more milk, which means we can give more milk to humans. We also give a lot of our milk to the young goats. The kids get milk for up to three months, which is a lot of milk.”

However, Mountain Flower works to do much more than provide milk to 100 families. “[We were] founded as a demonstration micro dairy. Continue reading Urban Goat Dairy Dishes on Cheese Making, Raw Milk, and Land Stewardship {simple recipe included}