THURMAN - For nearly 20 years, the women operating Nettle Meadow Goat Farm & Cheese Co. in Thurman have raised goats and sheep and have hand-crafted gourmet cheese varieties.
Soon, their cheeses and farm operation will be featured nationally on the Food Network's new series, Will Work For Food.
The program will air on at 9:30 p.m. March 30 and again at 4:30 p.m. April 5. The segment on the farm is about 15 minutes long.
For this show, Food Network host Adam Gertler travelled from Los Angeles to spend the day with Nettle Meadow owners/operators Lorraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan, learning how to milk goats, pasteurize milk, and make Nettle Meadow's trademarked cheese known as Kunik.
Flanagan said Monday she is pleased about the Food Network's visit to her farm, and the resulting national exposure.
"It's a nice honor, and it extends the recognition we've been gaining in the cheese world," she said. "A New York Times article about our cheeses may have sparked the television coverage."
Nettle Meadow has been garnering more and more awards recently.
In 2008, they were awarded the Silver Sophie award from the National Association of Specialty Foods, an award that is as prestigious as an Emmy in the broadcasting world.
Nettle Meadow is a 50- acre farm on South Johnsburg Road with more than 200 goats and sheep, and a dairy operation that manufactures a wide variety of specialty cheeses.
Located below Crane Mountain and founded in 1990, the farm is run with the assistance of herd manager Denise Hill, plus local residents Joan Flanagan, Melanie Groff, Cherie Holcomb, Gina Corlew, Sam Saunders, Samantha Commarto and Tristen Corlew.
Nettle Meadow is committed to the principles of natural ingredients, happy and healthy animals, and carefully hand-crafted artisan goat cheeses, Flanagan said. The farm is best known for its semi-aged cheeses, including the nationally renowned triple cream Kunik, featured in the Food Network episode.
The concoction is a unique and triple cream white mold-ripened cheese made from goat's milk and Jersey cow cream. Flanagan and Lambiase also offer several varieties of soft goat cheeses including plain chevre, tellicherry pepper, lemon verbena chevre and honey lavender fromage blanc, among the many selections.
Nettle Meadow's Kunik cheese is to be featured in renowned cheese aficionado Juliet Harbutt's new book, Cheese: A Visual Guide - The Ultimate Directory to the World's Best Cheeses, which is due to be published in May.
The farm is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for cheese sales. Tours are given at noon and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.