The following are frequently asked questions about Cypress Grove and our cheeses.
If you have a question that's not answered here, feel free to contact us.
Creamery and Cheese Questions
- When was Cypress Grove founded?
- What kind of cheese do you make?
- How do I store your cheeses?
- Where can I buy Cypress Grove cheeses?
- What is "terroir"?
- Are your cheeses gluten-free?
- Is Humboldt Fog a blue cheese?
- Does your cheese contain trans fats?
- Do you use a vegetarian rennet?
- Can I visit Cypress Grove's creamery?
Goat and Dairy Questions
- How many goats are on the dairy?
- What breeds do you have?
- How often are the goats milked?
- How are the goats milked?
- How often does a doe kid, and how many kids to they typically have?
- Do your goats and sheep receive antibiotics or growth hormones?
- What do you feed the goats?
- What are those things hanging from the goats' necks?
- Do you still buy goat milk from other producers now that you are producing your own milk?
- Can I come and visit the dairy?
Creamery and Cheese Questions
When was Cypress Grove founded?
Cypress Grove was founded in 1983 by Mary Keehn in Arcata, California.
What kind of cheese do you make?
We make a variety of fresh goat milk cheeses, including our award-winning fresh Purple Haze and Fromage Blanc; ripened cheeses including top-selling Humboldt Fog and the new classic, Truffle Tremor; and firm cheeses including Midnight Moon and Lamb Chopper, a sheep milk cheese.
How do I store your cheeses?
All cheeses should be kept as cold as possible without freezing (33°-35°F). In order to allow them to breathe, use only waxed paper to wrap ripened cheeses such as Humboldt Fog or Truffle Tremor. Our fresh chevre, Midnight Moon, and Lamb Chopper should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. Store cheese in the coldest part of the refrigerator, and prior to serving, bring only the portion you plan to serve up to room temperature for its full flavor to emerge! (For more detailed information on Humboldt Fog, see the PDF 'Improving Quality of Life' at the bottom of this page.)
Where can I buy Cypress Grove cheeses?
To find a store that carries Cypress Grove products, enter a zip code in the Store Locator field, which can be found at the bottom of every page of our website. You can also place an order online for shipment via FedEx by visiting our online store, or ask for Cypress Grove at the finest gourmet or natural foods retailers, restaurants, wine shops, and markets that have a good selection of specialty foods.
What is "terroir"?
Terroir is a common concept in the food world which suggests that a cheese or wine (or other edible product) is influenced by its geographical location. Cypress Grove fosters terroir by thoughtfully managing a detailed set of practices including land stewardship of our Humboldt County goat dairy and working closely with other partner dairy farms that supply our milk.
Are your cheeses gluten-free?
Yes, Cypress Grove products are gluten-free.
Is Humboldt Fog a blue cheese?
No, the blue line through the center of the cheese and around the outside under the rind is an odorless, tasteless, and completely edible vegetable ash.
Does your cheese contain trans fats?
No, no – a million times no.
Do you use a vegetarian rennet?
Yes. It is a microbial (vegetarian) rennet.
Can I visit Cypress Grove's creamery?
We always welcome visitors to our creamery, though we are unable to offer tours of our production facilities. Our regular office hours are weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm Pacific. We have no tasting room or retail sales at our creamery.
Goat and Dairy Questions
How many goats are on the dairy?
We have just over 1000 goats on our dairy.
What breeds do you have?
Our dairy consists of four breeds: Toggenburg, Saanen, Alpine, and Lamancha. Toggenburgs are known to produce milk with lots of butter fat, while Saanens are known for high volume. Alpines are known to have consistent and lengthy lactations. Lamancha goats have high milk production and high butterfat content, but they are most well-known for their incredibly small "gopher-like" ears.
How often are the goats milked?
Our goats are milked twice daily (6am and 6pm).
How are the goats milked?
We have a 48 stanchion milking machine. Milking takes approximately a minute-and-a half, and the herd's average production is roughly 0.83 gallons per day, per doe.
How often does a doe kid, and how many kids to they typically have?
We breed our goats once a year and they have on average two kids at each kidding.
Do your goats and sheep receive antibiotics or growth hormones?
On occasion, goats may receive antibiotics when they are ill. However, it is illegal to use milk that tests positive for antibiotics in the United States. To ensure the highest milk quality, we test every batch of milk that we pick up for antibiotics, butterfat, protein, and bacteria. Our goats never receive growth hormones of any type.
What do you feed the goats?
Our goats are fed a balanced diet that includes a grain mixture specifically formulated for our herd including alfalfa and Timothy hay - plus they always have access to lush Humboldt pasture land.
What are those things hanging from the goats' necks?
They are commonly referred to as wattles. It is believed that these skin appendages are evolutionary remnants of a gland no longer needed or required by the body, hence its outward appearance. They serve absolutely no known function. Some goats have them, some don't. When a doe has wattles, it is likely her kids will have them, too.
Do you still buy goat milk from other producers now that you are producing your own milk?
Yes. Though we do have a small dairy producing very high-quality milk, it supplies a fraction of what’s needed to keep our cheese-loving customers satisfied. In addition to working with California and Oregon dairies, we supplement our domestic supply of goat milk with imported curd. This allows us to meet the demand for our high-quality products.
Can I come and visit the dairy?
We welcome visitors at our creamery, but the 24/7 operations at our dairy means that we're really not set up to host drop-in visitors. Thanks very much for your interest in visiting us here in beautiful Humboldt County!