Making Cheese

Our Crystal Brook Farm Fresh Goat Cheese is
made from our goats’ milk – pure, natural, fresh.
A 3 day process is used, creating a flavorful cheese that is
tangy but clean, and finishing with a creamy sweetness.

DAY 1

The milk is pasteurized according to
FDA requirements.
We use a low temperature process.

The milk is cooled according to
our recipe and specific bacterial
cultures are added, along with rennet.

We use microbial rennet to
coagulate the milk protein.
The mixture of milk, culture and
rennet ripens for 18-20 hours,
resulting in the formation of curds and whey.

 

 


DAY 2

The soft curd is hung in cheese cloth bags.
The whey (liquid part of the cheese)
drains from the curd.
The bags hang for 20-24 hours,
allowing proper drainage.
The whey is fed to the goats- a nutritional treat!!!

 

DAY 3

The drained curd is hand formed into logs, mixed with ingredients and vacuum sealed.  The logs are properly chilled, labeled and prepared for sale at our
Crystal Brook Farm Store,

Farmers Markets,

Local Stores and Restaurants.

Customers enjoy the cheese on their favorite bread or crackers,
in salads or use in a variety of Recipes.

Visit THE KITCHEN for additional information.

  • Breeding has begun!

    We are beginning the breeding a bit earlier this year. September breeding means early February birthing. It's hard to think about that right now!! Planning is important for running a business, keeping animals and managing a farm.

    Farmers Markets are in full swing. Fall crops are creeping into the market offerings - apples, squash, even see some sugar pumpkins! Lots of tomatoes still - so get your goat cheese for the late summer cheese sandwiches and salads! See more about our market schedule under The Store:Farmers Markets. Visit us at the markets.

    The goat are currently grazing down 3rd growth on a hayfield. They get a new small lot every day, its fun to watch them work down the field. The feed areas alter with days in the woods and field edges to get the woody browse that they love.

    Our ON-FARM Store is OPEN - Wednesday through Sunday, 7 am - 7 pm.

    Self guided tours are free and open during daylight hours, Wed. - Sun. Guided tours are available by appointment only. See Dooryard/Tours section.

    ??? email us at crystalbrookfarm@comcast.net, call or stop by...

    192 TUTTLE ROAD STERLING, MA 01564 978-422-6646

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