From Grass to Glass
Fairview Farm Dairy
Several years ago, if someone had told Laurie Carlson that she, husband Terry and grandson Brian would own and operate a successful goat farm and be on the brink of opening the nation’s first goat museum, she would not have believed it. All “kidding” aside, that’s exactly what the Carlsons do as the proud owners of Fairview Farm Goat Dairy in Dallas, which they opened in 2009.
While the bulk of Fairview Farm products are sold in organic food stores throughout the Willamette Valley, the Carlsons have also opened their farm to the public. Visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy samples, view the goats, watch the cheese making process and purchase fresh products. On the day I visited, about 14 kids (baby goats) were frolicking around and enjoying the spring sunshine. A few even ventured up to the fence to say hello.
The Carlsons are also just weeks away from opening the nation’s first goat museum as a tribute to the animal that has played an important role in human history for more than 10,000 years. The museum will be housed in a small, newly built structure next to the farm store, providing easy access for visitors. According to Laurie, there’s only one other goat museum in the world, located in a small town in Australia. The Fairview Farm museum will feature colorful poster displays and interesting artifacts, including 19th century opera gloves fashioned from goat leather and a porcelain doll with hair made from the wool of an Angora goat.
Inside the farm store, you’ll find an array of fresh products including milk, cheeses, drinkable yogurts and ice cream. The farm’s vanilla yogurt took first place at the 2012 American Dairy Goat Association’s national competition, while the chevre (soft cheese) earned a first place award the previous year. Laurie also makes Skyr (which rhymes with ear) – an age old Scandinavian cheese that is creamy, spreadable and packed with healthy probiotics. Fairview Farm products are 100% natural and gluten free. The farm is also approved by the Animal Welfare Institute, which sets rigorous guidelines for the healthy, safe, and humane treatment of livestock.
Plan a trip to Fairview Farm Goat Dairy to learn more about the glorious goat and enjoy fresh, healthy products that often go from “grass to glass” in 24 hours or less. The Farm is located at 2340 SW Fairview Avenue in Dallas and is open year-round, Friday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
about author Kara Kuh
Kara Kuh is the public relations manager for Travel Salem and the Willamette Valley Visitors Association (WVVA). While her travels have taken her to iconic places like New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, and D.C., she is proud to call the Willamette Valley home – where a beautiful countryside, award-winning wines, and an endless array of outdoor activities can be found in every community.
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