Hello, my name is Lucie York and I sell farm fresh goat milk and products just across from the people who have the gorgeous pastry.
If you haven’t yet, please stop and visit and yes, I have been in the same spot for over 3 years now.
My small farm is located in Interlachen Fl, about 32 miles due east on Hwy 20 and has been an American Dairy Goat Association certified dairy herd for 25 years. It was initially the brain child of my daughter Jessica who sold her pony and sold me with a compelling little dissertation on why goats are a better choice for “us” than cows or pigs. So now enrolled, I found the property we moved to and with her older brother built the first goat shed and put up all the fencing. She bought her first goats with her own money in October of 1989 and registered them in her own name. She had interned with a local goat farmer through the summer, riding her bike and carrying a lunch to the farm. She learned hands on the disbudding, castrating, tattooing, training to lead and came home a happy mess. At least one of us knew something about raising goats.
Over the years she and her older brother did a lot of research on the agriculture of Florida, the effect of acid rains on the trace minerals needed in the soil and how that affects the diets of browsers such as goats that are in contained environments. She engaged a prominent dean at the UF vet school to discuss the dietary needs of goats in this area that lead to the development of Lucas feed which is now broadly used for goats, llamas, alpacas and sheep as well.
When she graduated from High School she had participated with the 4-H, FFA, ADGA, FDGA, FMGA and sponsored several clinics and presentations with the Agricultural Extension departments. This is where I got my education and my legacy from my daughter.
Meanwhile back at the ranch I was studying Homeopathy and noticed the side effects of the use of antibiotics, steroids and insecticides on the goats. I began using remedies that were less invasive and without depleting their overall hardiness. The remedies I have learned to use for goats have been very effective in preventing trips to the vet.
So here I am now exploring the many different ways goats contribute to the diets of people in so many countries. There are a lot of really good recipes for fresh milk cheeses that originate from these other countries and it pleases me to have customers recognize the cheeses that have come from recipes in their countries. Panir from India, Halloumi from Turkey and Morroco, chevre from France, mozzarella from Italy, Feta ; Spain, boursin, havarti and I’m still looking. One of the ways I enrich the cheeses I make is by using kefir to start the process. It makes a much fuller flavored cheese and is more consistent in its process. I do all this with only 4 goats currently in milk. and maybe some more on the way, which I do offer for sale as purebred, and grade and meat animals.
I do invite people to stop by and take some of the products home or tell me about how they make cheese in their part of the world. Always appreciate contributions in that area as well as information about personal adventures in cheese and milk culturing.
My products are certified by the Florida Department of Agriculture as not intended for human consumption and past that, you can do what you want with them.. All I can say is that I drink the milk and enjoy the meat and cheese and have a terrific garden.