Jenny Tapper, Via Lactea Farm, Brookfield, NH
As with many of the farm women, Jenny reports that her farm is a full partnership with her husband, Andy. Both are fully employed on the farm. During the winter Jenny works on the books and Andy spends much of his time in the woods on his skidder, but come March , Andy is milking the goats and Jenny’s primary focus is on taking care of the kids and making cheese.
She became interested in making cheese while working on a small farm in Massachusetts where the owner made cheese from mixed cow and goat milk. Over the years she has taught herself by reading recipes and trial and error. Early on she worked mostly with Jersey cow milk, but she and Andy decided that their land was more suitable for goats than cows and they started a herd of Nubian goats.
After a few years of private sales, she decided that a goat dairy was financially viable so she took the leap and became a licensed dairy. “I have been working at it long enough now (licnesed for over six years) to know that I will never know all there is to know about about goats and cheesemaking so I try and build on what little scientific knowledge I gain each year from the process.” She adds that “I am convinced that I have to be creative to make it work and the same is true of the farm.”
Please see Farm Profiles for a description of Jenny’s farm
Via Lactea Farm
366 Stoneham Rd.
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