Closing The Farm

Dear Friends,

It is with sadness and also with happy anticipation that, due to health issues and finances, we announce we are closing The Goat Cheese Lady business, The Goat Cheese Lady Farm and are stopping construction on The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery.  Over the past 7 years, we have met so many of you through our classes, sales, dinners, milk, cheese, and goats, and we have deeply appreciated your support and friendship.

We have loved every second of it but have recently come to realize that going back to our off farm jobs…me as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert working for his own business (D & A Home Remodeling, Ltd) and with his brother’s painting business (Legacy Painting, LLC)…would be the best for our finances and our health.

Although our dream was to have The Goat Cheese Lady Creamery and sell our cheeses, reality has proven that to be very physically, mentally and financially difficult.  As I mentioned, it is with sadness that we make this decision.  However, we are also happily anticipating the health and financial improvements in our lives as we go back to off farm work.  We are not moving, but are shutting down all of our farming operations, selling many of our animals and our milking and cheesemaking equipment.

As long as supplies last, you can still purchase soap, lotion and lip balm here.

If you are in need of painting, home repair or remodeling, please contact Herbert at 719-651-6480.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of the following:

Does in Milk: $350 (discounts for multiple purchases)

Yearlings: $325 (discounts for multiple purchases)

Doelings: $200 (discounts for multiple purchases)

Buckling: $200

Breeding Buck: $350

Egg Laying Chickens: $25 (discount for multiples)

Anatolian Shepard Livestock Guardian Dog, “Kimba”: $450

15 gallon Microdairy Designs Vat Pasteurizer including agitator, Airspace Heater, Water Jacket Heater, Thermometer Set- Mercury, Chart Recorder with Digital Indication Thermometers, Peristaltic Tube Pump- Variable speed with foot pedal, all accessories and manuals: $8500

Antibiotic Testing Delvotest Block Heater: $100

2 Goat Milking Machine with 7 gallon Stainless Steel Bucket: $1100

Various Cheese Molds: $5 each

Warmly,

Lindsey and Herbert Aparicio

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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5 Responses to Closing The Farm

  1. Sheila Parrish says:

    I have admired the courage it takes to start your own business and I was (and am) rooting for you and your family. I am very sorry to hear of the closing, however, it is as you said, new opportunities will arise that will put you on the path you desire. God bless you and your family!

  2. I’m really sorry to read this, Lindsey. We weren’t able to support your business as much as we would have liked to financially (I’m still working on my dream of a writing and publishing career after many years), but we have bought some of your excellent products, and admired the work you did for all the years you have been doing it.

    This part of Colorado is a much harder place to get things like our work off the ground. You and your family’s effort was admirable and amazing and you taught so many about animal husbandry, and the beautiful connection to Nature that nurtures us and feeds us, body and soul.

    We wish you all the very best of luck.

    Fondly,

    Sandy & Family

    Sandra Knauf (719) 473-9237

    Author of Zera and the Green Man (Meet the teen who just says “no” to GMOs.) Weekly posts on Flora’s Forum

    ________________________________

  3. Tricia says:

    Change is hard but necessary. Thanks for sharing your farming adventures. I wish you much happiness & good health in your future.

  4. Barbara Simpson says:

    Lindsey, I really liked the cheese class that I took from you and am sorry to see the creamery plans end. I want to reassure that things will turn out the way God wants them to, even if wed don’t like the direction things are going. I hope you will have the time to continue your blog. I went to leave a comment and found so many good ideas and recipes that I want to encourage you to keep it going. That way we will be able to keep up with you, Herbert and the boys. There is so much I want to say, however they all sound like platitudes and a little trite. Even though they sound that way there is truth in them and eventually you will know the why of this situation. If I were there I’d give you a big hug and squeeze. Take a deep breath and breathe. The sorrow will fade. God’s blessings to you and your family Lindsey. Sincerely Barbara Simpson

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