The Old Windmill Dairy is about farmstead, fresh, local, healthy artisanal cheese and community. Come join our community for fun on the farm or purchase your favorite cheeses for a gift for yourself or someone special in your life. Scroll down to explore these opportunities.
Halloween / Day of the Dead! Cheese Class -Farm Social
Are you looking for a small farm activity to celebrate Halloween? We are holding our first annual family oriented cheese making class. We will have different stations in which you can make farm cheese, mozzarella and cheese curds. These activities will take place in our haunted barn.
- We encourage you to wear your costume and celebrate with us. The best dressed will receive a prize.
- Trick or Treating
- Arts and Crafts Activities
- Cheese Making
To add to the festivities we will be making farm fresh cheese curds for purchase. Get them while they still squeak! Our cheese stand will be open. You can sign below for the various times and days (Sat or Sun).
Now Accepting Orders Online! Yes we ship!
Shipping is included in package price. Cheeses are Shipped Fedex Overnight. Only to Lower 48 States.
From the Beginning
Ed and Michael Lobaugh began their dream in 2002 by purchasing a plot of land in Estancia, New Mexico, forging fences, erecting a building, and buying 2 Nubian goats. Michael was ready to take his experiences in corporate America and explore entrepreneurship based on core values of living a simpler lifestyle. Ed spent his childhood on his grandparents’ farm in 29 Palms, California, where a life with goats provided treasured memories. Ed’s passion for goat farming combines his childhood experiences with his professional career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner working with children and families, many of whom have benefited from the therapeutic effects offered by spending time at the farm and with the goats.
In July 2007, they opened their dairy with a Grade A dairy license and started selling the award winning and popular goat chèvres. In 2008 they started making semi-soft cheeses such as McIntosh Cheddar, Sandia Sunrise Gouda and Manzano Blue Moon (a national award winning blue cheese).
The Old Windmill Dairy milks Nubian goats as their milk contains more butter fat than any other goat milk. They are fed Grade A alfalfa, silage, grains and molasses. The goats are very healthy on this diet, are well cared for and are even given names. Franny and Milk are the veterans that have been retired, as they no longer produce milk; however, they remain active, affectionate and enjoy being petted. Princess Grace, a pale, beige goat is one of the youngest of the herd, and she has the zesty energy and affection to prove it.
The dairy attributes its success and growth to its customers and partnering with other farms and local businesses. These partnerships have created jobs, economic stability and increased the number of hand crafted artisan cheeses made in New Mexico.
The aged cheeses produced by The Old Windmill Dairy are the first in New Mexico to be aged in a cellar designed specifically to produce the effects of cave-aging hard cheeses.
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