Lark’s Meadow Farms is a twenty-acre sheep dairy nestled in a friendly community just outside of Rexburg Idaho on the sunny side of the Teton Mountains. This area has rich, volcanic soil providing for lush, nutritious pasture and some of the best alfalfa in the United States. Not only do the sheep literally run to eat it, but it also naturally increases milk production and brings subtle flavor nuances that enhance our milk and cheese.
Our flock consists of Friesian and Lacaune cross dairy sheep that we rescued from a precarious situation in 2008. There are currently seventy milking ewes and close to two hundred new lambs. Each season the lambs are hand fed for the first few days of their lives and then cared for carefully as they grow to market size. The ewes are brought onto the milk line and milked twice a day producing approximately thirty gallons of luscious, creamy milk.
The fresh, raw milk is gently handled and made into artisan cheese following a Basque style from Europe. It is made by hand each day after the morning milking. After the cheese wheels are formed they are rubbed with salt and allowed to develop a natural mold rind. The cheeses age in our cave for a minimum of sixty days before they come to market.
Lark’s Meadow Farms is family run and committed to producing the best sheep’s milk cheese in the region by giving attention to detail and great care to our animals and pasture.