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Two young goats peer out of a doorway.

The Kids are Alright

A pastoral venture into the scene at a farmstead goat creamery helmed by award-winning cheesemaker, Veronica Pedraza

Veronica Pedraza has been crafting artisan cheese for over a decade, steadily working towards the place she finds herself now–as the cheesemaker and manager of Blakesville Creamery in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

It's part idyllic goat farmstead and part production and aging facility, built with the cheesemaker's eye on precision, experimentation, and scale. We took a field trip to visit the kids and witness the transformation from goat to milk to curd to wheel after wheel of glorious cheese.

A close-up photo of a white goat.
A tool is pulled through the whey of cheese.

cutting the curd

A hand pulls out the curds from whey.

checking the cut

A person works on industrial cheesemaking equipment.

draining curds

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A person stands next to an industrial sink.
A pegboard filled with shiny metal tools.
A person stands next to a large industrial tank.
Stacks of metal trays.
A large metal cart is covered with cloth.
A doorway entry to the creamery.
Shelves of many soft cheeses.
Hands form curds into molds.

molding cheeses

An overhead shot of hands forming curds into molds.
A person strains curds through cloth.
A cheesemaking tool.
A person rinses off industrial equipment.

time to clean!

A person uses some kind of measurement tool inserted inside a wheel of cheese.

checking the pH of the new cheese

A person holds a wheel of cheese.

flipping newly formed wheels

Wheels of cheese.

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Shelves of wheels of cheese.

young cheeses just starting to form a rind

A cart holding wheels of cheese.
Hands hold wheels of cheese.

tasting wheels as they develop/ripen

A person inspects a wheel of cheese.

examining rind development

Racks hold dozens of wheels of cheese.

soft cheeses in various states of ripening

Many white goats in an enclosure.
Two young white goats.
A grassy area outside a barn.
Two young white goats rest in straw.
A goat peers through a fence.
Goats look over a fence.
A close-up photo of a white goat.