• Shepherd’s Way Farms


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:



  • Lamb Shepherds Way Farm Website
  • Bleu cheese from Shepherds Way Facebook
  • Shepherds Way Winter Market
  • Shepherd's Way

Shepherd’s Way Farms
Nerstrand, MN

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Market Availability

Outdoor Market
Winter Market
Next market: Saturday, December 12

Dates Available

Saturday, December 12
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021

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