What is a Herdshare?

It's just that.. we share our herd!  

With increasing demand for raw milk, nearly all states have developed regulation making it accessible.  While some states allow direct sales of raw milk from farm to consumer, others, like Ohio, allow it to be available through herd-sharing.  By buying into our herd, you become co-owner of our goats, entitling you to a designated portion of milk produced each month.

How it works

Each share provides up to 2 gallons of fluid milk each month and costs an initial $25 to join.  From there on out your membership will remain active with an $20/mo boarding fee which helps us offset the costs in caring for the goats. 

Our herd is made up of 10-20 dairy goats with approximately 10 active milkers at any given time. They have 24-hr access to their pasture and are fed a well balanced diet formulated by our founder, Jacob Copelin. Jacob has his Masters in Animal Science Nutrition. The quality of our milk is a direct result of his knowledge and expertise!

Learn more about the Herdshare program in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.

Products you can make with your milk

Cheese

You'll find our goat milk and cheese is rich in flavor and with the absence of that 'goat-y' taste.  This is because we do not keep a buck penned with our milking goats.

We are happy to process your milk into a soft cheese- plain or seasoned, you can eat it with pretzels or chips, spread it on a bagel, or mix it into some ground beef.

No matter how you decide to eat it, we think you'll love it!

*Feta cheese coming soon!

Kefir

What's Kefir?  In the most simplistic description, it's liquid yogurt!  Drink it for breakfast for a quick, easy, and HEALTHY start to your day!  How do you make it?  It's easy- we'll supply you with kefir grains, a soft jelly-like substance filled with healthy bacteria and yeast.  When mixed with the milk your kefir grains will transofrm the liquid into a probiotic, ready to drink in a day or two.  Blend it with some frozen fruit and you are left with a delicious masterpiece!  Kefir products in the store are in excess of $3 per drink.  Why pay that much when you can make your own for a franction of the price!

Membership Benefit- Fresh Produce!

On occasion, as our farm grows, we may have an over abundance of vegetables. These will be available to our herdshare members for donation only. You can expect tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, onion, garlic, snap peas, peaches & more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cancel at any time?

While some farms will require you to be a member for a certain period of time, your membership with us runs on a month-to-month basis.

How do I get my milk?

First and foremost, you need jars.  You should have enough jars to swap out with us between your pickups.  If you do not have them we can supply 1/2 gallon wide-mouth glass mason jars for $5 each.  You can pick up directly on the farm or at one of our drop-points in Dover, Lakewood, Medina, or Wadsworth.  *Note- your jars need to be returned to us clean and dry- we do not clean them.  You will always get your same jar back.  In the event you forget your jar/s, you will either need to make arrangements to get it/them to us before your next scheduled day, or purchase ours.

Not close to any of these areas and Wooster is too far?  We have waiting lists for other potential drop-points so be sure to let us know where you are!  *Deliveries may have an additional fee based on fuel prices.  Drop-points may change based on member participation.

How do I get cheese or kefir?

If you are interested in both fluid milk and cheese you can split your share and take 1 gallon of milk plus an 8oz container of soft cheese.  Many of our members opt for multiple shares in order to get the maximum quantity of both.  There is a $5 processing fee for cheese.  As far as the kefir goes, we can supply you with the kefir grains and teach you how to make it with your milk.

Can I skip a month?

You most certainly can skip a month however keep in mind that your membership fees are still due in order to keep your share active.  Remember that you are not buying dairy products from us.  You are co-owner to our herd and therefore incur the costs of the goats regardless of picking up your milk or not.

Do I get milk all year round?

Milk production will be at its low during the fall season and will pause January-February.  Our membership prices are set to account for this break in production.  Boarding fees will still be due during this time to secure your herdshare.

Is the amount of milk consistent?

As production slows we will do our best to provide as close to 2 gallons of fluid milk per share on a monthly basis however you should be prepared to see a slight decline during this time.

As a herdshare member, can we visit the farm?

Yes or course!  We encourage all of our members and potential members to come out and visit the farm to meet the goats first hand before joining the herd.  Regular visits are also permitted.  You co-own them afterall!  We just ask that you schedule a time with us to visit as we are often working in the barn.

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