Pie and Happy Goats

By Terry Golson

Here in the States it’s almost Thanksgiving, which means here in my home, it’s time to bake pie. A lot of pie.

This makes my goats very happy. They don’t get pie, but they do get to indulge. I always make a few apple pies. Here’s my basic recipe, but after years of making apple pies, I do it by heart, and do different riffs on it. This year I’m baking a classic apple pie made with Northern Spy apples (which will give it an old-fashioned tartness) and I’ve added cheddar to a butter crust. In another pie I combined Baldwin apples with dried cranberries, crystalized ginger and ground almonds. I like my apple pies full and tall, and so after making these pies I had a bowl of peels and cores. I also made lemon pie (my recipe was written up in Woman’s Day Magazine.) Into the bowl of apple peels went the squeezed out lemons, and I took it all out to the barn, where the Goat Boys were eager to “help” with the cleanup!


Most people don’t realize that goats are fussy eaters. Watch this video. I don’t know what it was about that one piece of apple – maybe it was bruised? – but neither goat wanted it.


But they do love their lemon pieces and apple spaghetti!


I wish all of you as much gusto and joy this week as my goats are having. Happy Thanksgiving!

15 thoughts on “Pie and Happy Goats

  • Gin

    This cute post came just in time. I’ve been trying to locate and and order a car part online and it is making me crazy. So the little goat videos came and now I feel better. And I love the idea of cheddar in an apple pie crust. Happy Thanksgiving to you all also.

  • Jan

    Love the video’s, very happy goat boys. Will be putting your Farmhouse Cookbook to good use for making pies again. We don’t have Thanksgiving but love eating pie’s in the winter. A really big thankyou to Steve for getting the other cam going, lovely to see the Boys every day, really make you smile. 🙂

  • Judy

    I thought of you and your pie party a few days ago Terry, and immediately felt inspired to make an apple pie (yum)! Caught Phoebe in the snow this morning, and have seen Pip and Caper several times, although not in the falling snow. I love seeing all the animals now. Thanks Steve!

  • Chickencarol

    I am so loving to being able to see your videos now. The goat boys are so cute. They are so well behaved as they wait for their turn to get a bit of apple and look so appreciative.

    • Terry Golson Post author

      They are polite there, aren’t they? That was simply trained with consistency, being quick to reward when they’re behaving how I want, and knowing how to place the food so that they’re in polite positions. For me, it’s not all about formal training, but about this daily interaction that is thoughtful and meets everyone’s needs.

  • Rebecca Stedman

    Oh my, the boys are back. Now that is something to be Thankful for. I have missed them so much and to think we will be able to get a glimpse of them now and then. Thank You Terry and Steve. I am thinking I need to bake an apple pie your pies sound delish. May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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