Farm: Oakmoon Farm and Creamery
Operator: Cynthia Sharpe and Dwain Swing
Acreage in Production: 12
Production: Goat dairy
Markets: Farmer’s markets and local grocers
OakMoon Farm is the last working dairy in Mitchell County, in the mountains of North Carolina. At one time, there were 27 dairy farms in the area. Cynthia Sharpe acquired the land from family in the late 1980s and, because of her love for animals, started to raise goats on the property. The farm is now a 12 acre farm with a goat barn and dairy parlor. Sharpe and her husband Dwain shared a dream of having a creamery to make and sell goat cheeses for a living. They both wanted to be on the farm full time but had to have various other jobs to make ends meet and support their five children. The creamery would allow them to make a sufficient income from farming. It has always been a struggle, but it is what the love to do. They started OakMoon Creamery in 1998 as a very small endeavor but has worked it’s way up to being one of the larger goat cheese producer in the state. They began farming and running the creamery full time in 2008, transitioning out of jobs that were not making ends meet because of the economic recession going on at the time.
In the beginning of the operation, they sold mostly to 8 or 9 farmer’s markets in the area but eventually wanted to move more toward wholesale because it allowed for more consistency and predictability with sales. OakMoon now sells cheese to 6 EarthFare locations, Mountain Sunshine Farm in Asheville, and Greenlife.
Their cheese has won many awards and recognitions for it’s taste including Our State Magazine’s “100 Foods You Must Eat in 100 Counties” and First in the American-Made International-Style amateur category in the 2007 American Dairy Goat Assocation cheese competition for their Red Oak Boulette.
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