Ken and Marsha have been farming in the Mohawk Valley since 1989. Ken is a multi-generational dairy cow farmer and surprised everyone when he decided to add goats and dairy sheep to the mix. Their daughter, Monica, has helped out on the farm and participated in 4-H her whole life. Even though she has degrees in animal science, animal nutrition, her Ph.D. in immunology, and enjoyed a thriving research career, the farm called her home.
After returning to the farm, Monica mentioned just how fun it would be to make farmstead cheese while reading an article on the topic in a magazine. She didn't think the idea would stick, but Ken jumped on it. He had actually had the thought in the back of his mind for quite some time. Monica began doing what she does best—research. She spent time touring cheese trails, farms, and attending cheese making classes. To her delight, Monica found that making high-quality cheese involves exact processes that pay special attention to the chemical and microbiological properties of milk and other cheese ingredients. It was right up her alley.
Everything works out quite well with Ken and Monica managing the herd, Marsha and Monica making the cheese, and Marsha managing the farm finances.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about our farm or our cheese.