In the late 90’s, Bonnie DeBernardi purchased two Nubian goats for her grandchildren to play with and from there a new business was created. Not unfamiliar to the dairy business, Don and Bonnie DeBernardi have been raising and milking Holstein dairy cows since 1968, however, these goats served as the beginning of a new venture for the pair. As the two goats quickly turned to a small herd, Don decided to turn the milk into goat cheese, like his ancestors made in the Swiss Alps. The hobby for Don quickly turned into a new business venture as the herd grew from two to forty goats in a short period of time.
Bonnie is the primary caregiver to the kids. Overseeing the kidding and raising of the goat kids is a full time job. Bonnie cares for the kids as she would any member of the family. During kidding season you will almost always find a few kids in the house snuggled up in blankets getting a little extra attention.
Don is the master cheese maker, perfecting his skill with each batch. Cheese is made three to four times a week and then aged for over 60 days before it is ready to market. As the cheese is aged in the storage rooms, it takes on a life of its own. Cultures used change the texture and taste the longer the aging process is prolonged. Creating a unique taste pleasing to any palette. Recently, Don has ventured into the fresh cheese market by making a goat Brie.
Sometimes their on-farm shop is open, though there are no regular hours. Just check if you’re driving by!
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Every farm tour at Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese is unique. Guided by owner Bonnie DeBernardi, tours are both educational and fun. Walking through the facility you will get up close and personal with many of our farm friends. It is not uncommon to have a goat join the tour group as well. During your tour, Bonnie will give the history of the operation, plus show you the facility where the milk is processed and the cheese is made. Of course, showing off her beautiful goats along the way, who will want some attention by those on the tour. Master cheese maker Don may be on site or in the process of making cheese, taking a break to give a talk, as well. Once you get acquainted with the goats themselves, it’s time to try a bit of our wonderful goat cheese. We offer a young cheese, an aged cheese, as well as a goat Brie cheese. Each one delicious and unique to fit every palette. Products are available for sale, to take home and enjoy throughout the days to come.