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High Mountain Meadows Farm and Creamery

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Way up on Double Knob Drive in Tusquittee, you'll find the goat farm.  It's like the Swiss Alps on the mountain.  Donna Gains owns and operates the High Mountain Meadows Farm and Creamery in Hayesville, North Carolina.  Her farm includes dairy goats, cheese, meat goats, rabbits, chickens, and eggs.  It's an adventure touring this goat farm.

Donna Gains keeps her creamery spotless clean to minimize contaminants while culturing and fermenting cheeses.  She's making goat cheese from an Italian Alps recipe today.  "You must love it," she says, "because it's a long process in here."
She spends about four hours in the creamery at a time and listens to books on tapes to pass the time.

This pasteurizer kills harmful bacteria in the goat's milk. It holds five gallons and cost $5,000!  Fortunately, she applied for a grant that helped to pay for it.

Donna holds some goat cheese.  She makes hard cheeses like cheddar and gouda in her creamery.  She also…