Get Your Goat

By / Photography By Joe Laedtke | December 01, 2013
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Larry and son, Greg, walk through the barn, addressing goats by first name. Katie remembers exactly when she knew she would come back to parents Larry and Clara Hedrich’s goat farm in Chilton.

The LaClare Farms store is like a love letter to Wisconsin Cheese: Carr Valley slabs, tubs of Widmer Brick Cold Pack, sharp wedges of Sartori, and baskets overflowing with LaClare goat White Cheddar, Fondy Jack, and the breathtaking Evalon. Behind it, the cafe, unassuming and spacious, yields vistas of the milking parlor and yet-to-be-populated aging caves.

There’s a striking modesty to everything the Hedrichs do and say; moving about in the state-of-the-art creamery, you immediately sense their excitement, their very real enthusiasm for their craft and their heritage, and their palpable hope. This is a family business born of passion, happy accidents, and achingly adorable goats. This is following life’s garden path to inexplicable ends.

This is the beginning of bigger things, of wonderful things. Of goat-y things. 

LaClare Farms
W2994 County Road HH, Pipe, WI 53049 • 920.670.0051

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