Today, we went out learn about Arkansas’s last farmstead cheese, White River Creamery in Elkins, Arkansas. There were lots of baby goats running around that melted my heart. It was great sitting and talking with the family and learning about their story.
After living and teaching in California outside of LA, life was telling this family they needed a new start. Scott went and trained at Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese where he completed basic and advanced cheese making courses. Tessa and her three daughters, Amber, Caily, and Emily, did an internship in Vermont and learned goat health and husbandry. After that, they started building their herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats in 2011 and passed our final inspection in 2013. Since then, they have been getting bigger and bigger selling their cheese to more and more people.
These Nigerian Dwarfs have the highest butterfat of any dairy goat, which gives a rich and creamy milk and amazing cheese. Everything we sampled was amazing and good for us because they manage their herds organically. We could see how much they loved these animals and the pride they took in what they have created.
Thanks so much to White River Creamery for letting us come out there. Keep making great cheese! We will share this episode in more in the weeks to come. Until then, follow them on Facebook and buy directly from them. Look for their cheese at Fayetteville and Bentonville Farmers Market and Whole Foods.