If you're looking for farm fresh flavor, you won't be disappointed. "Freshness plays a role in quality. We're milking over 100 goats, and 3 cows. The milk's processed on a daily basis. My focus is 100-percent on quality from start to finish."
"Two of my passions in life are food and agriculture," says Walter Nicolau III, a Stanislaus County agricultural entrepreneur who's cooking up a tasty recipe for success. "We turn grass into milk into cheese into happiness," says the artisanal cheese maker who produces a tasty variety of specialty goat and blended milk cheeses at his family farm just south of Modesto. "We make about a dozen cheeses. Different processes. Different ages. Different molds. During our peak season, we produce around 4,000 pounds of cheese per month."
Some key ingredinets? State-of-the-art sanitation, imagination, determination, and tradition. "Success in this business is creating a pleasurable experience for the customer, seeing people savor and enjoy our product, and go goo-goo-gah-gah over a beautiful cheese board." (Printed in Stanislaus Magazine, see here.)
Always having a passion for good food and traditional agriculture, Walter Nicolau III was able to pair these together with a rich family history and culture to create Nicolau Farms. Walter and his wife Elizabeth have been tending to their herd of top quality dairy goats and creating delectable hand-crafted farmstead goat cheeses since 2000. At Nicolau Farms quality is always top priority.
Nicolau Farms is one of the few goat farmsteads in the Central Valley of California milking around 150 goats and a few Jersey cows. By farmstead we raise our own livestock, grow all of our own forage, and produce farmstead cheeses right on the farm. Our milk is sent directly from the barn to the cheese room where is stored and awaits the cheese making process. We also follow the natural breeding season of the goats which means they take a few months off during the winter to rest and prepare for their new kids in the spring. Nicolau Farms is a 100% All Natural, Family operated Farmstead and does not standardize or altar our high quality milk or cheese in any way; we also use All Natural cures and remedies on our goats using NO hormones, antibiotics or conventional medicines. This All Natural wholesome milk is what makes Nicolau Farms finished product so delectable and delicious.