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Welcome to Bonnie Blue Farm!

Home of Dry Creek Hollow & Bonnie Blue Farm Dairy Goats

and

Award Winning Farmstead Goat Cheeses!

We create farmstead cheeses from the milk produced by our herd of Nubian and Saanen dairy goats and our prized Jersey cow, Eileen. Dairy life requires endless work and attention to detail to achieve quality results in the finished cheeses. Everything matters - from the water the animals drink to the hay and pasture they consume to the strict routine of milking and cooling the milk, culminating in the utmost attention and care in cheesemaking and aging process. The awards and accolades received from chefs, judges and customers are the true rewards.


We're for sale - alpha s1 casein B/B bucks

We're for sale - alpha s1 casein B/B bucks


 

ADGA Nubians and Saanens at BBF

ADGA Nubians and Saanens at BBF


This season we've focused our breeding on Saanens with the higher casein B allele which increases cheese yield - known as alpha s1 casein. Cheesemakers and producers of milk for cheese should take advantage of this genetic improvement - the difference in the vat is nothing short of amazing! More cheese, less whey, firmer curd, slightly increased set time, better flavor. Many buck and doe kids are listed on the for sale page along with several milking does and mature bucks.



Every Saturday morning! 7am-1pm
Tennessee Farmers' Market
Come try for yourself - our cheese is so delicious!
Where: Central Station, S. Front Street at GE Patterson in the Historic South Main District, Downtown Memphis.
 
Gracious Gardens is taking a break but will return with their wonderful produce and our cheese soon.
 
Also buy our cheese at
Mooney's Market & Emporium, Monteagle, TN



 
 
(click above) 



Resource for Local Food

 
Resource for Local Food
 
Our friend Lisa has put together a great resource for anyone in Middle Tennessee seeking out the freshest, ripest and most flavorful seasonal offerings. Best of all it's grown locally! Copies can be picked up all over mid TN with the on-line version available here. Local Table Enjoy the bounty each season has to offer!


Farm Entrance

Farm Entrance


 

Bonnie Blue Farm Cheese Studio

Bonnie Blue Farm Cheese Studio


Bonnie Blue Farm - Grade A Goat Dairy

In April of 2006 we became the only licensed Grade A goat dairy in Tennessee . We worked for two and a half years constructing and equipping the dairy building; milk parlor, milk room, holding pens, bathroom, and a herdsman's apartment. Then the cheese studio was built, equipped and completed. We were inspected by the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture and cheesemaking began.

Our dairy herd consists of Nubian and Saanen dairy goats. We participate in American Dairy Goat Association programs for milk production through Dairy Herd Improvement and type via Linear Appraisal. The data from these programs guide us in making breeding choices and selection of replacement stock.

The does are fed free choice alfalfa hay from a local supplier. They receive a dairy goat grain ration in the milking parlor and we go for daily walks through the surrounding fields and woods. This gives the goats and the herdsman ample exercise and time to observe the changing scenery and browse which coincides with the seasons. The milk produced is truly the essence of our land.

The milk from the dairy herd is made into various types of fresh and aged cheeses. We offer farm tours for a fee and there is a log cabin available for guests who want a quiet getaway or to experience life on a working dairy.


Nubian Bucks

We have several Nubian bucks which bring together genetics from several blood lines: Copper Hill, Oak Gold, Rio del Oro and Kastdemur's with a sprinkling of others contributing. Plus we have many more to choose from through the use of artificial insemination. Nubians are known for high butterfat and combining that with the high producing genetics from sons or sires of Top Ten does will hopefully produce a long lived, superior dairy goat.


Saanen Bucks

Our Saanen bucks come from American stock.  We use as much artificial insemination as possible using Saanen bloodlines chosen because of their use in two well-known herds: Redwood Hill/Companeros and des Ruhigestelle.


Nubian Does

Our herd was exclusively Nubians in the beginning and we have used many lines over the years. Consistency of well attached udders and long lactations are a challenge in the Nubian breed. We have daughters of outstanding bucks like Desert Acres Crown Diplomat, (Crown Ambassador son), Oak Gold Beau Blaiser (Trailblaiser son), Reghers Alginon's Beaujolais (Breakaway half brother), Copper Hill Breakawy's Blazer and Copper Hill O'Boy


Saanen Does

In 1999 we purchased our first Saanen from Redwood Hill and although Lightning is no longer with us many of the female progeny from her three daughters are still here. We didn't have a Saanen buck so artificial insemination was how we bred Lightning. Using bucks to increase the butterfat and protein without giving up the high production the Saanen breed is known for, has been our goal. We have tried to recreate some of the genetics of Redwood Hill, whom we admire.
The Feb. United Caprine News published an article we submitted about the alpha s1 casein genetics we have and how it relates to cheese. Read the article here: Adventures-in-Cheesemaking Using alpha s1 milk


Goat Milk Cheese for Sale

Our agri-tourism and cheese business have been very well received. Many printed articles, feature films, radio and TV segments about us have introduced our cheese to many customers. We've entered many cheese competitions placing well with several different cheeses. Some of the best exposure has been at the farmers' markets. The movement of buying locally produced, safe, natural and healthy food makes our cheese in high demand. We sell at the Memphis Farmers' Market. Our cheese is available at several Nashville & Memphis stores or on the farm but call first (931) 722-GOAT (4628) to be sure we have what you want.

Follow this link for more information on where to buy our goat cheese.


Farm Tours

We offer tours of the farm, dairy and cheese making facility subject to our cheesemaking and farmers' market schedule. Small groups of two to ten people are the best size. Cost is $10 per person. Includes cheese tasting. Please call or email to arrange for a day and time.

Log Cabin Farm Stays

Experience true peace and quiet of the country. Our cozy log cabin is available for your enjoyment. The kitchen is fully equipped. Stay a night or a month-all seasons have their own charm. The goat dairy barn is nearby and cheesemaking takes place in the new cheese studio. There's very limited cell phone coverage.

Relax on the front porch and read or watch birds or join in the daily farm activities. Just the right getaway for two people. No pets please-our herd protection dogs do not tolerate other animals on their farm.

Call for cabin availability. Rate: $95 per night includes tax.
931 722-4628 or email tanngoat@wildblue.net


Does enjoying a late fall browse on Bradford Pear trees

Does enjoying a late fall browse on Bradford Pear trees

Testimonials


 

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Bonnie Blue Farm

Jim & Gayle Tanner
Waynesboro, TN
931-722-GOAT (4628) 

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