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fresh chevre, plain and flavoredfresh feta, plain and with herbsRobiola di mia Nonna, a surface ripened European style cheese|
Reichert's Dairy Air is a small scale farmstead goat cheese operation. I milk about 15 goats and produce award-winning cheeses from this milk. Happy, healthy goats are my priority, and that is reflected in the milk quality. All cheeses are hand made in small batches from pasteurized milk. Fresh herbs are used in herb flavors (some flavors are therefore seasonal), sourced either from my own garden or neighboring Blue Gate Farm, a chemical free herb and vegetable producer. My cheeses are ALWAYS fresh, never frozen. They freeze well but I prefer to leave that choice to the customer, as it does change the texture of the product slightly. Packaging is eco-friendly compostable corn (PLA) or paper. I strive to be as sustainable as possible, and work closely with neighboring farms to that end. All the soiled bedding from the barn (we clean weekly) is composted by Blue Gate Farm for enriching their gardens. Whey, a natural by-product of cheese making, is saved and picked up by a producer of pastured pork who feeds it to his small herd of pigs.
My cheeses have been awarded in national competitions sponsored by the American Cheese Society and the American Dairy Goat Association.
DUE TO SEASONAL NATURE OF PRODUCT, CHEESE IS NOT AVAILABLE DURING JANUARY, FEBRUARY, AND MARCH!
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All cheeses contain:
Pasteurized whole goat milk
rennet (vegetable in chevre and feta, veal in robiola)
Flavored cheeses contain additional products listed on packaging
Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
Goats are fed certified organic and/or chemical free alfalfa hay primarily.
The grain mix they are fed during lactation is high quality Purina Goat Chow.
No hormones are ever used. Antibiotics are used only when necessary to save a life, which is seldom. Milk is withheld longer than required if they are used to ensure milk is safe.
I follow the goats' natural cycles, which means they are not milked during the last few months of their pregnancy. This generally means there is NO CHEESE available during January, February, and part of March, depending on breeding cycles.
DUE TO THE SEASONAL NATURE OF THE PRODUCT, NOT CHEESE IS AVAILABLE DURING THE MONTHS OF JANUARY, FEBRUARY, AND MARCH. PRODUCTS WILL BE RELISTED IN APRIL!