In addition to our original Utah farm, Southern California now has another local goat dairy producing goat cheese. Our locally produced goat cheese comes from one of two licensed goat dairies in Southern California. All the other goat cheese is shipped in. Drake Family Farms originated in West Jordan, Utah. It is a designated historic Utah Century Farm, established in 1880. Edward Drake settled there in 1880 and now six generations of the Drake Family have farmed there. Recently, Dan Drake, a California resident for the past 15 years, has decided to start a goat dairy here in Southern California.
Drake Family Farms cheeses are both “farmstead” and “artisan”. “Farmstead” means made on the farm with milk exclusively from the farm’s own animals. According to the American Cheese Society, the word “artisan or artisanal” implies that a cheese is produced primarily by hand, in small batches, with particular attention paid to the tradition of the cheese maker’s art, and thus using as little mechanization as possible in the production of the cheese.
The secret to making the best cheese is to use only the highest quality milk. The best quality milk comes from happy healthy goats. Dan Drake is a veterinarian who has been overseeing the health of the Drake Family Farms goat herd for the past 26 years. Dan brought 143 goats from the farm in Utah to start his farm of Happy Southern California Goats. All the goats have names and are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association. We love our goats and give them a very high standard of care. Goats are like dogs with individual personalities and we consider every goat a pet. The herd consists of Nubian, Saanen, Alpine, and Snubian Goats. (Snubians are a hybrid cross between Saanen and Nubians).
We are currently producing chevre at the farm in Southern California. Our chevre has a very fresh taste. We use the finest French cultures and it is incubated for twelve hours and then drained in bags to give it a wonderful smooth texture and taste. We currently make eight different flavors of our chevre: Plain, Basil, French Herb, Herbs de Provence, Garlic & Onion, Jalapeno, Lemon Pepper, & Apricot & Honey. We package our chevre in tubs which make great storage containers so you can eat a little bit of it and snap the lid on to keep it fresh for the next day. Our chevre tubs can be frozen and thawed in the fridge when you need cheese. We recommend everyone have a few tubs in the freezer in case you have a goat cheese emergency.
If you would like to order cheese please call or send us an email. Also, make sure that you spread the word that we now sell locally produced goat cheese in Southern California!