Cheese Farm Tour - Part Two
Michael Amen and his parter are the proprietors of Rocking Goat Farms www.rockinggoatfarms.com in New Lancaster, Kansas, about a 45 minute drive north of Fort Scott. This quaint little farmstead has a lot going on.
Their specialty is handcrafted farmstead goat cheeses, fresh free-range chicken eggs, duck eggs, goat milk, fudge made from goat milk, seasonal veggies and fruits. Plus, goat soaps and hand-spun yarn.
My BFF in Kansas is Diane, who I have known since we were 15. We went to high school together getting into all kinds of mischief in Westmoreland, Kansas, and have been BFF's ever since. Diana lives on a farm and cares for her caboodle of animals including a few baby goats. She was all about checking out the animals as part of our Cheese Farm Tour. Read about our first stop at the Jersey cow dairy farm, Skyview Farms, on this site "Cheese Farm Tour Part One."
The barn is a must see as this is where everything happens. Many, many animals live here. Not just La Mancha and Nubian dairy goats, but sheep, ducks, chickens, llamas, kitties, doggies, and numerous babies of all of these. I asked the owner how many animals he had on the farm, and he told us that he didn't really know. There were a lot. The animals eat here. They sleep here. Cheese is made here. Hay is stored here. The tasting room is here. The soap making facility is here. And, there is even a little AirBnB accommodation with a bed and full bath you can rent if you wish to spend the night in the barn.
After checking out the cute and happy animals, we were offered a selection of goat cheeses to taste in the tasting room. The Rocking Goat Farms offers a variety of Cheve, plain or with spices. Mixed Spice includes lavender, rosemary, orange peel, red, black and green pepper plus Kosher sea salt. Garlic and Dill. Everything with garlic, dill, black pepper, red pepper flakes, Kosher sea salt. And, Smoked Paprika and Garlic, my favorite.
They also make Valency, similar to Brie, a semi-soft cheese, rolled in ash. Goat milk Ricotta. Feta. Aged Cheeses like Cheddar, a Cabra al Vino (soaked in local red wine before aging) and Cabra al Birra (soaked in local beer before aging.). Cabecou, a soft cheese marinated in an herb-infused olive oil. And, Cajeta.
It is hard to choose, but the very best thing offered here though is the Goat Milk Fudge, in regular or whiskey flavor. A super creamy and delicious little 5 ounce portion is only $5. Oh so delicious!
There is a variety of scented soaps, including Rosemary-Mint, Lavender, and Lemon options. Wool from their Babydoll sheep, Blue Faced Leicester sheep and their Llamas are hand-spun by a neighbor, and dyed with natural colors. I am not into knitting, but if you are, there are some beautiful colored yarns available.
We left with packages of chicken eggs (including the beautiful blue green and cream colors), cheeses and soaps. I can already tell that this little farm will become a favorite stop in the future to pick up unique and distinctive cheeses and gifts.
If you decide to visit, be sure and call first. The farm is open only by appointment.