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The Freckled Farm First Friday Book Club – The Year of the Goat

Our second book in the 2014 First Friday Book Club is The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Mile and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese by Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz.


This book is all about following your passion. In The Year of the Goat Margaret Hathaway writes about the year that her, and her then boyfriend, Karl Schatz dropped everything, leaving their big city lives in order to travel around the country visiting all things goat related. They toured dairy and meat goat farms, auctions, barbecue competitions, cheese tasting, and much more. This is one of those books that you want to live in. There were times while I was reading it that I was fiercely jealous that it wasn’t me going on these amazing travels. It’s amazing to see all the different ways people are using goats. This book truly is an homage to small agriculture and goat farmers.

Are you starting to see a pattern?… People leaving their city lives in search of greener pastures and a simpler life. This is what we did. Maybe that’s why I feel so connected to these books.

Have you read The Year of the Goat? Leave your thoughts in the comments.


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