Run by a mother and her two daughters, with only a handful of other part time help, the farm has 100 milking goats, three bucks and numerous baby goats. There is also a cow whose milk will be used to create new types of cheese as a comparison with the goat cheese, a pig who will end up being tasty product sold in the onsite store, a few horses who are ridden in local rodeos by the daughters, and even three llamas who protect the goats from marauding coyotes!
There is a small fee for the farm tour which is led by one of the daughters. We toured the milking and cheese making facilities, the cheese aging cave, and met the goats. Our tour guide had obviously spent her entire life in the family business and knew everything about the process from goat husbandry to getting the cheese on the shelf. It was fascinating!
|This photo was taken as we left the farm, rain was heading our way!|
|13 goats can be milked at once at this milking station.|
That's Dawn Jump, owner and cheese maker extraordinaire!
|Viewed through a window we can see the cheese making facility and a couple of wheels of freshly made cheese.|
|The Cheese Cave|
|There were two of these rooms full of cheese wheels up to five years old.|
|Our tour guide describing the aging process.|
She grew up in the business and was very knowledgeable.
|The milking goats.|
|We got up close and personal with the baby goats.|
After the tour we got to taste the many types of cheese at the on site store. Everything was delicious and we left with a feta, a parmesan, a fiesta chevre, some spicy cheese curds and some local spicy pickles.
We really enjoyed this experience and we learned a lot. Highly recommended!