We are the Carters at Raven's Roost Ranch, a secluded enclave located in the Suwannee River Valley of Live Oak, Florida. Forty acres of heavily wooded oak and pine forest are home to us and our dairy goats, water buffaloes, Jersey cows, pigs, turkeys, and chickens. As of now, French Alpine, Nubian, and Toggenburg dairy goats are given starring roles in our daily milk production, but a supporting cast of the tiny Nigerian Dwarf adds depth and richness to our caprine milk pail. Our goats are happy and healthy -- the bulk of their diet is hay -- but they are given plenty of time to nibble and browse in the forest. Because domesticated dairy goats are milked for most of the year, they require a boost in nutrition to maintain their body weight. We provide them with a mixture of grain, sunflower seeds, flax meal, and beet pulp to provide the remainder (about 10 percent) of their food supply. Our goats are not routinely given medication of any kind. On the rare occasion when a doe needs the assistance of medication, she is removed from the milking team for an extended period of time. As time progresses, our Jersey cows and Water Buffalo will be stepping up to the milk pail.
We also offer pork and water buffalo meat, an extensive line of cultured milk products, and baked goods prepared with whole grains, ranch-fresh eggs, and cultured butter. Our breads, muffins, and cakes are sweetened with only fresh fruit and a touch of agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup. Gluten-free baked goods are available upon request -- we use amaranth (from the Aztecs), quinoia (from the Incas), coconut (from the Caribbean), and rice (from the Himalayas) to pay homage to traditional cultures from around the globe.
Please contact us for a complete list of available products.
As per Florida law, our dairy products are for pet consumption only. Our water buffalo meat is grass fed.
Please contact us for a schedule of our cooking classes, culinary yoga . . . and our workshops and seminars that focus on wholeness and health.
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