Pittsburgh’s quest to be a truly sustainable city is being fed by a new wave of urban and suburban farmers and growers who producing fresh food for local tables and beyond.Among them is Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy, a 130-acre, family-owned, cheese-making goat dairy that is earning national accolades and a devoted culinary following with their fresh chevre and aged cheeses made from goat milk, cow milk, and a blend of both.
Home to a herd of more than 100 alpine and Nubian dairy goats, Goat Rodeo Farm & Dairy uses traditional techniques to craft its artisan Goat Rodeo cheeses. Recently, Goat Rodeo’s Hootenanny ― described as “a goat’s milk Gouda cheese with notes of hickory nuts and wild flowers within a beautiful cream wax rind” ― received second place in the American Cheese Society (ACS) Judging & Competition, an event that owner India Loevner describes as ‘The Oscars of Cheese.”
The largest competition of its kind, the ACS Judging & Competition includes among 2,024 products from 281 different companies and takes place in conjunction with the ACS Annual Conference, where cheesemakers join together to celebrate the craft of making quality cheese. The next ACS conference will be held in Pittsburgh July 25-28, 2018, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.