Dairy Goats: Bonnie Blue Farm
WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — With a cheese cave, a Nubian and Saanen breeding operation and a diary, Jim and Gayle Tanner are busier now than they were before they retired, as seen in this video.
The Tanners left California for Tennessee when they knew they wanted to spend more time around goats and in a quieter environment.
With more than 100 acres, the Tanners have gotten serious about breeding goats and creating an agricultural business.
Raising Saanens for their larger milk capacity and Nubians for their higher butterfat, the Tanners pasteurize more than 40 gallons at a time in their cheese studio, creating batches of award-winning goat’s milk, feta and raw-milk cheeses.
Their latest project is the cheese cave, blasted into the side of a hill, lined with rock and under-constuction with three walk-in coolers for Bonnie Blue Dairy’s hard cheeses.
The Tanners joke if the cheese cave doesn’t work out they’ll simply live in it.
Eds. Note: The Tanners offer visitors this little cabin on their farm, available for $95 a night.