Let me introduce Inga Witscher of St. Isidore’s Mead in Osseo, WI. Inga is the FarmHer behind the much adored "cow pushing" picture you may have recently seen on the FarmHer Facebook page or now on the FarmHer home page. Inga is the owner of St. Isidore’s Mead, an organic dairy farm, and also is the host of a new series called “Around the Farm Table” which recently debuted on Wisconsin Public Television. As a FarmHer, Inga cares for her cattle while producing organic milk and raw milk cheddar cheese. As host of the show, she visits local farms and uses the ingredients in her cooking. If you haven’t heard of the show, it's definitely worth a few minutes of your time to visit the WPTV website and check it out!
I visited Inga’s farm on the evening of the launch party for the show. Though I didn’t know a single person when I arrived, I immediately felt at ease. The party was wonderful and the food was amazing. Following the party I was able to photograph Inga as she milked her herd of Jersey cattle. The light was golden and the mood in her barn was downright festive. Inga was simply a joy to listen to and watch work.
As you can see in the entire gallery, I followed Inga as she walked through the pasture gathering up the “girls.” She then followed them into the farmyard where they waited to enter the barn for milking. As we stood in the farmyard and she watched her cattle, the light was a perfect gold that only exists at the end of a few fall days each year. Into the milking parlor we went where I watched how she attended to her cattle and her guests in perfect unison. Throughout the rest of the evening friends filtered in and out of the barn and she kept to her work while entertaining, talking and enjoying.
I hope you enjoy looking at these images as much as I enjoyed taking them. Please take a minute to look at the entire gallery as it really tells a wonderful story about this festive night on a Wisconsin dairy.
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