For more than 15 years, Goat Lady Dairy has changed our customers relationship to local food and farming through fine hand crafted cheeses, on-farm dining, Open Farm Days and Community Supported Agriculture...
In 1995, Ginnie Tate, aka 'the Goat Lady', her brother Steve and his wife Lee opened Goat Lady Dairy in the lovely rolling hills of northeast Randolph County in the North Carolina Piedmont. We started with an abandoned worn-out tobacco farm and a 200 year old log house and outbuildings, restored them carefully and then added a new dairy barn complete with milking parlor, goat loafing barn, dining room and a licensed cheese making room. From the beginning, our dream was to connect our urban neighbors with the land and goats through hand crafted cheese and farm events.
We had a message to share: when you know your food, your farmer and your cheese-maker you make choices that care for the land and change the world for the better. What started as a family dream has grown to include cherished staff, invaluable partner farms and a community of loyal customers. In 2003, we collaborated with the Piedmont Land Conservancy in placing our farm under a conservation easement, ensuring the land will always be used for agricultural purposes. In 2009 Ginnie received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. In 2010 the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association honored us with their FARMERS OF THE YEAR AWARD. In 2012 we completed a major expansion and upgrade of our cheese rooms making us one of the largest goat cheese creameries in the region.
Today Goat Lady Dairy partners with four local family dairy farms. From their goat and cow milk we carefully handcraft fresh, soft-ripened and aged cheeses sold at local farmers markets and in stores and restaurants throughout the South and beyond. We have won seven national awards from the American Cheese Society. Monthly on-farm dining events featuring our cheese, meats and farm produce are regular sell-outs. (Click HERE to read the WASHINGTON POST review of Dinner at the Dairy.) Each spring and fall we host Open Farm Days and welcome hundreds of neighbors, friends and customers to meet our goats, tour the fields, taste our cheese and learn why we farm the way we do… sharing our love for this land..