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Forsyth County farm making soft goat cheese

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Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, the only farmstead goat cheese producer in Forsyth County, has started selling soft goat cheese, fulfilling a plan that has been 20 years in the making for Johnny and Robin Blakley.

Robin Blakley milks their goats, and Johnny Blakley makes the cheese on their 34-acre farm.

In October, they began selling raw milk aged farmstead goat cheeses. Soft goat cheese, or chevre, requires pasteurized milk, and when Johnny Blakley reached the age he could cash out some of his retirement, they bought a $15,000 pasteurizer.

“We’re producing more product. A 30-gallon vat of milk will make 65 pounds of cheese,” said Johnny Blakley, who is spending long days in the creamery.

“I still enjoy it. Now there are things that have to be done. The hardest thing’s been finalizing our packaging to make sure our packaging is suited to the new cheeses, making sure the labeling would stand up to moisture.”

Their newest cheese offerings include a variety of flavored chevre, including sun-dried tomato basil; garlic and chive; date and honey; and red pepper, onion and paprika. Johnny also makes feta, as well as farmers cheese, which he described as “a fresh farm-made cheese. It was something grandma could make today, and everybody could eat tomorrow.”

They will still sell a selection of their hard goat cheeses, including Rock House, a hard, grateable cooking cheese; St. Philips, a gouda style cheese named after Germanton’s former Episcopal church; and Saura, a five-month aged cheese.

Their chevre is available at their farm store off N.C. 8; at Grandview Country Store in Pfafftown; Clemmons Country Store; Let it Grow Produce, 4825 Country Club Road; the Cobblestone Farmers Market on Saturdays, which will be at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street until May 18, when it returns to Old Salem; and the King farmers market at the Stokes Family YMCA on Wednesdays beginning May 1.

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