Looking Behind The Curtain at Lazy Lady Farm

It seems like something out of a New Yorker cartoon, a woman out in the field milking goats, while Steve Inskeep from NPR demurs in the background. Surreal it may seem, but that’s just a day in the life for Lazy Lady Farm.

We’re always ready to get behind a good pun, and when that pun is attached to some of the finest goat cheese that Vermont has to offer, well that’s even better.

Laini Fonidiller started this small creamery in 1987, back when 973 Sniderbrook Road was a barren landscape with just one small cabin and no electricity. Westfield is perched in the Green Mountains in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, less than 10 miles from the Canadian border. With less than 600 official residents, this charming New England hamlet would fit right at home in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Lucky for us, people aren’t the only part of what makes a good creamery, and Laini’s small farm is made up of 40 goats that have been breeded with the utmost care and focus on milk quality.

The Lazy Lady Farm website reads like a reference guide to goat breeding, and little mention of the fact that Laini is responsible for some of the more fascinating goat milk cheeses in the northeast. Laini owes this to her time spent in France in the early 80s when she was at “an impressionable age” and ended up working as a cheesemaker in France for the next two years.

Lazy Lady Farm is also off the grid, completely powered by solar and wind energy (17 solar panels and 1K Wind Generator), and matched only in enthusiasm by the sheer amount of variety that Laini comes up with. Sometimes politically inspired (I fell in love with her “Barick Obama”, a beer washed goat’s milk cheese that had just enough funk to be interesting but not enough to be overwhelming), Laini is not shy about making mixed milk one-off experiments, like Sweet Geesus, a Calvados washed and lemon pepper infused goat and sheep milk round.

Perhaps her most famous cheese is La Petite Tomme, a bloomy rind creamy goat’s milk round that becomes sweeter as it ages. It’s a constant feature in our case whenever it’s in season.

What else do we like about Lazy Lady Farm?

  • Practicing organic for 32 years

  • Fourteen rotational pastures so that no one spot is grazed for more than 24 hours

  • Animal Welfare Approved

We’re always sure to have some Lazy Lady Cheeses in stock when they’re in season, here’s a few to look out for:

  • Thin Red Line - An ash-ripened goat round that features a line of sweet paprika

  • Sweet Caroline - past. goat milk w/cow cream; Stout washed rind; aromatic, dense, yeasty

  • La Roche - a bell shaped goat’s milk cheese that is rich and decadent with a texture reminiscent of whipped cream

  • Gosh - a mixed sheep and goat milk bloomy rind cheese that is richly textured.

Further Reading:

Goat Cheese and Politics at Vermont’s Lazy Lady Farm - The New York Times

Lazy Lady Profile - Saxelby Cheesmongers