But back to the story, I had never really done anything “for me” besides raising my children, like I said earlier the concrete construction business was not “my baby” but my husband's, so to venture off into this uncharted territory and try and make something of it was quite exciting. The first 4 original goats I purchased quickly turned into 16 and I had more milk than I knew what to do with. See, God granted me my wish of being a labor and delivery room nurse, but just in the goat world instead of the human world, I deliver at least 160 goats or more every year.
My condition cleared up by drinking goat milk daily and I got off all my medications. I started making soap first, I purchased 50 bars of soap from various online companies to start my research on making the best goat milk soap around. Then cheese, my husband would come home from work with bags of cheese curds hanging from all of our kitchen cabinets, whey dripping into a bowl. Everyone would comment on how delicious my Chevre (French for goat cheese) was so I called my local farmers market to see about setting up shop and selling. Well, that was a big NO, you have to be licensed, have GL insurance, and a host of other things. I called TDA and they sent me out a rather large package of “what to do”. It took a whole year and a half to build the Dairy/Parlor/Cheese room according to the specs and get our license. Through the years our popularity has grown leaps and bounds because our cheese does not taste pungent, or like my husband likes to say, it does not taste like “ the back end of a goat”. We feed a Verified NON-GMO grain and coupled with our processes our goat cheese is smooth, creamy and delicious, not ALL goat cheese is created equally.
The baby goat nursery has grown in popularity as well, so we structured it to where you can make a reservation to come out and cuddle with baby goats, but along with the baby goats (kids is the proper term) we have 2 Emus, 2 Crias (baby llamas), 2 llamas, a miniature donkey, standard size donkey, a mustang name “Diamond” that won 3 rd in the extreme mustang challenge in Fort Worth Texas in 2022, 1 Scarlet macaw named “Benny” who loves to sit on your arm for a picture, and a Nigerian dwarf habitat you can go into and walk around with the dwarfs and love on them. Along with our 8 varieties of Chevre, we are now making, a marinated feta, crumbled feta, fudge, ice cream, goat milk caramels, farm-fresh meats both ground beef and whole pork sausage, farm fresh eggs, our famous goat milk soap and lotion, 3 different sizes of crocheted goats, extra soft and comfy T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story, schedule your visit today and come out and see us, lots of memories are being made at Harmony Lane Farm and Creamery!!
Julie ~ Chief Goat Girl