Welcome to Grover World!
We wouldn’t be where we are without the support of cheesemongers and fellow curd nerds like you. To say thanks, we’ve created a new community exclusively for our favorite turophiles: Grover World. Keep an eye on this page for behind-the-scenes stories and a glimpse into the wild and wacky world of Cypress Grove.
You’ve seen the Cypress Grove logo, and maybe you’ve even wondered about the identity of the two goats front and center. Well, wonder no more! Meet the original two members of Mary’s herd: Hazel and Esmerelda.
It was the 1970s, and things were groovy, man. Mary and her family were homesteaders in Northern California, complete with cabin and food sourced from the land. In search of healthy milk for her children, Mary noticed a neighbor who had goats for brush control. She asked her neighbor if she could buy two of her goats and the neighbor replied with a grin, “Honey, if you can catch ‘em, you can have ‘em.” So a determined Mary went out with grain each day and eventually lured her first two goats: Esmerelda and Hazel. Those two goats turned to four and pretty soon Mary had, well, more. A lot of goats means a lot of milk, so Mary tried her hand at making cheese.
Eventually, Mary made the decision to focus on cheesemaking and left the goat dairying to other farmers, and she purchased Cypress Grove’s milk from them. But in 2010, with enough support and know-how, we were able to break ground on construction and begin the journey to have our own goat dairy once again.
A great deal of thought went into the dairy, designed to be an easily accessible source of knowledge for the growing American goat dairy industry. Many things have changed since 1983, when Cypress Grove was officially born — but many things haven’t. Chief among them is our commitment to the health and happiness of our herd. But don’t take our word for it; the American Humane Association endorsed our model dairy as Humane Certified with a 100 percent score not one, not two, but three years running.
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