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Bloomsdale. MO couple expanding goat’s milk cheese operation

Bloomsdale couple expanding goat’s milk cheese operation

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Veronica Baetje visits with some of her Saanen goats Wednesday at Baetje Farms in Bloomsdale, Mo.
(Laura Simon)

BLOOMSDALE, Mo. — A lot of love goes into each six-ounce heart-shaped piece of artisan goat cheese made at Baetje Farms.

Owners Steve and Veronica Baetje, who have been married 20 years, like to joke that they have 120 kids — baby goats born each spring at their Bloomsdale farm.

“They are great companion animals and then they provide milk, too, to make this awesome cheese with. Without them, it would be really boring. I wouldn’t want to just buy milk and just make cheese without that connection,” Veronica Baetje said. “They are so enjoyable to be around. They are very affectionate and very intelligent.”

The Baetjes milk about 60 Saanen goats daily from February through November and turn the liquid into artisan cheeses.

Read the entire article at semissourian.com

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