Shepherd’s Way Farms
Woman-Owned/Co-owned, Meat - Fish - Dairy
Indoor Winter Market, Saturday Market
November 10, 2018
November 17, 2018
December 1, 2018
December 8, 2018
December 15, 2018
January 12, 2019
January 26, 2019
February 9, 2019
February 23, 2019
March 9, 2019
March 23, 2019
April 13, 2019
April 27, 2019
Cheese | Wool Bedding and Pillows
Steven Read and Jodi Ohlsen Read established Shepherd’s Way Farms in Carver County in 1994, with a small flock of 50 sheep. In 1998 after losing a major buyer, the Reads suddenly had a surplus of milk and decided to give cheese making a try. Despite being one of the only sheep’s milk cheese makers in the U.S. at this time and with help from University of Minnesota researchers, their cheese making effort was a success! In 2001 the couple relocated their farm to Nerstrand, Minnesota to expand into a farmstead cheese dairy.
The farm, which is located just across from the Big Woods State Park near Northfield, has a mission to combine hard work, creativity, respect for the land and animals, and a focus on family and friends. Steven and Jodi believe the small family-based farm still has a place in our society. Everything they do and everything they make, is in pursuit of this goal.
Shepherd’s Way Farms brings a variety of high-quality products to the Mill City Farmers Market from their flock of 200 East Friesan crossed dairy sheep. These artisan products include Jodi’s award-winning small batch sheep’s milk cheeses, wool comforters and pillows, seasonal gift baskets and their 6 and 12-month cheese CSA.
In the News:
- ‘First came the milk, then the sheep cheese’ (Cheese Connisseur, January 2017)
- ‘Sheep’s milk cheese in U.S. earn ribbons but little profit’ (New York Times, December 2016)
- ’10 cheeses you probably aren’t eating, but should be’ (Real Simple)