Licensed cheese artisan Julie Steil and her husband Rob once crafted cheeses as a part-time hobby, until encouragement from those who had tasted the results prompted them to turn the delectable pastime into a full-time passion. Today, the Steils manage their own herd of goats and cows who lead pampered lives on the couple's 20-acre farm, where a diet of alfalfa, blackberry thickets, and chocolate syrup yield better-tasting milk. The Steils create different cheeses in small batches, ranging from a semihard cheese bathed in raspberry port to a raw milk tomme bathed in Naughty Nellie ale from Pike Brewery. Landing River Valley Cheese on Sunset magazine's list of the Top 100 Cultural Trends Shaping the West, Julie and Rob also share their love of fromage fashioning at hands-on cheese-making classes, where attendees can learn to create their own wheels of fresh and aged cheeses, instead of relying on the questionable quality of the cheeses peddled by door-to-door sales cows.
Once an organic farm itself, Full Circle is dedicated to making organic produce as widely available as possible. Working closely with organic farms, Full Circle delivers fresh, organic, healthy pesticide-free and herbicide-free produce.
The Full Circle process fosters benefits for all parties involved—customers can keep healthy by eating organically while supporting green farmers whose eco-friendly practices create nutrient-rich organic produce that will then be sold back to the customers, now dizzy from spinning.
Cedar Grove Equestrian Center’s experienced instructors corral up to five budding riders for one-hour introductory lessons, held seven days a week. Learn to brush, tack, and ride an equine within the center’s spacious, covered arena, surrounded by lush, verdant scenery and gangs of spying rodeo clowns. Cedar Grove’s friendly steeds help beginners gain confidence and perfect their horse dialect, and the center’s small class sizes allow for personalized feedback. Helmets and boots are provided at no charge.
Bedrock Industries fans the flames of collage creativity with beginners courses in mosaic art, starting with the intro to mosaic class, which covers the use of the various tools, grout, tiles, and substrates for students to create their own mosaic trivets and art panels. Other classes focus on more specific techniques, such as the glass-on-glass course, which experiments with adhering glass tiles to windowpanes or vases, or the mirror mosaic class, in which students create a mirror frame and try to beat the person looking back in a staring contest. All of the tiles used in Bedrock Industries' classes are made from 100% recycled materials and are custom-made in the studio's own tile-manufacturing plant. Check the schedule for an upcoming public class or call ahead to schedule a private lesson.
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