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Pioneers of the NC
Piedmont Local Food
Movement and award-
Carrie and Bobby Bradds, connect their network of
local farmers to urban neighbors all over the
country with their new
Goat Lady Dairy To Launch Online Store
Gift basket assortments of award winning cheese
and shipping available for the Holidays.
GRAYS CHAPEL, NC – (October 29, 2018) –Goat Lady Dairy (GLD) will open a new online store on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Owners Carrie and Bobby Bradds announce three cheese gift box assortments now available for direct shipping or on-farm pick up just in time for the holiday season. Each box comes personally-signed by a GLD cheese maker with information about the handcrafted cheese it contains. Customers can order directly from the website:
Goat Lady Dairy’s gift boxes will include two of their most popular products: PROVIDENCE -Natural Rind Aged Goat Milk Cheese and
SMOKEY MOUNTAIN ROUND - Applewood Smoked Fresh Goat Cheese. Both of these
cheeses won First Place in the American Cheese Society's national competition.
Goat Lady Dairy handcrafts over 100,000 lbs of cheese per year with only six
employees. Fresh goat and cow milk for GLD cheese comes from three nearby family
dairy farms: Lindale Organic Dairy in Snow Camp, Williams Dairy in Liberty, and Holly
Grove Farms in Mount Olive. This unique partnership helps ensure success for these four
NC dairy farm families in this time when many small dairy farms have gone out of
Goat Lady Dairy has a long-standing history of award-winning cheese. LINDALE - raw cow
milk Gouda, ROAST ED RED PEPPER - fresh spreadable goat cheese, and FIG & HONEY -
fresh spreadable goat cheese, have all earned awards from the American Cheese Society.
In 2016, PROVIDENCE and LINDALE also received Good Food Awards.
What makes Goat Lady Dairy cheese special is handcrafted care and attention throughout
the entire process from land to animals to cheese. GLD and its partner farms work
together to keep animals happy, produce exceptional milk, and craft delicious cheese.
Caring for the land is a tradition that started with ‘The Goat Lady’ herself, Ginnie Tate.
Ginnie founded Goat Lady Dairy in 1995 with her brother Steve Tate and his wife, Lee.
Ginnie was passionate about food, land, and especially goats. Ginnie, Steve, and Lee knew
just how infectious this passion was so they were eager to share it with anyone who would
listen. The Goat Lady’s cheese was immediately recognized at local farmers’ markets and
quickly received awards. Ginnie also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Conservation Trust for North Carolina in 2009 for her commitment to the land.
Goat Lady Dairy underwent a significant expansion in 2012 to keep up with growing
demand. The cheese is as popular as ever, winning awards each year. GLD’s principles,
too, remain the same. The land, animals, food, and people are all connected. Taking care
of one means taking care of all.
The Tates sold the farm and the business to longtime employees, Carrie and Bobby Bradds
in 2017. Read the story of this successful transition HERE.
While the Randolph County-based artisans have had cheese available beyond NC with the
help of distributors like Gourmet Foods International, International Gourmet Foods and
Cheney Brothers Inc., and have a gift box available through Williams Sonoma, Goat Lady
Dairy has never had the direct connection with distant customers that the online store
The Bradds hope that offering cheese online will unite people near and far around the
common goal of knowing their food and knowing their farmer. The Goat Lady’s mission
lives on in their passion for their land and their craft. In the words of Steve Tate:
“When you change a person's relationship to their food,
you change them ... and the world together.”
Media contact: Carrie and Bobby Bradds