Farmstead Sheep’s Cheese in Missouri.
Nestled in the hills of the picturesque Missouri River Valley is Green Dirt Farm. A grass-based sheep dairy and farmstead creamery located in Weston, MO. This is one of a very few grass-based, farmstead sheep dairy and creameries in the United States. Life at the farm begins before daybreak, and that’s when our photo essay began.
About 180 dairy ewes are brought in twice a day for milking from the pastures where they live and are protected by the farm’s guard dogs and a couple of guard llamas. It was incredibly interesting to see how well the dogs blended into the flock, and how keenly aware they were of anything outside of “their” flock. At one point, a dog even sounded off at the potential threat of an eagle soaring by. It was amazing to see.
The Sheep’s diet of pesticide-free natural grasses and legumes, augmented with quality alfalfa hay influences flavors in the milk, cheeses, and yogurt. Using traditional old world techniques, the cheese makers at Green Dirt Farm craft some of the most amazing “artisan style” soft-ripened cheeses, as well as fresh cheeses that I’ve ever had.
Find out more at: http://greendirtfarm.com/
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