Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to tour the Noble Springs Diary. I was joined by two very excited little boys, my nephews, Reece (age 9) and Eric (age 4), and my sister Laura.
The farm is owned and operated by Dustin and Justyne Noble on 230 picturesque acres in Williamson County. They have about 150 goats and 40 of them are kids (baby goats).
Our tour started off with a quick introduction and then we went down a mowed path past 2 ponds to see Justyne’s two horses, Sassy & Snow. The were hiding in the cool shade of the trees. They came to visit and we all had an opportunity to pet them and offer them some grain.
Next we took quick visit of the chickens that they also raise on the farm. They have about 50 chickens on site. The eggs they collect are used by the family and sold at local farmers markets.
This was followed by an opportunity to get up close to all of the new kids on the farm. Many of them are still being raised on a bottle.
Finally we were able to tour the barn and milking areas. We were also able to see where the milk is processed and bottled right there on site. The milking room can accommodate 12 goats at one time. The dairy is currently milking twice a day.
After the tour was complete, we were given an opportunity to sample the many flavors of goat cheese that they have available. Throughout the summer they will also feature limited-run, flavor of the week cheeses such as strawberry and ranch.
In addition to their wonderful cheeses, Noble Springs also offer a variety of other goat milk products including, milk, yogurt, fudge & soap. Their products can be found at the East Nashville Farmers Market, as well as, restaurants and stores in the greater Nashville area.
Remember, that you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the fun at Noble Springs Dairy. It is an amazing opportunity to learn about your locally raised food. Schedule a tour for yourself by visiting www.noblespringsdairy.com, or call (615) 481-9546 to find out where to buy the products.
If you can’t wait for a private tour, then join them at the farm this Saturday, June 22, 2014 for FARM FEST. This is a concert to benefit the Land Trust of Tennessee with live music from Austin Moody. Crepe Diem Food Truck and Legato Gelato will be serving food and snacks for those interested in grabbing a bite to eat. Turtle Anarchy Brewery will be there handing out free samples of their local brews. Of course there will be a Noble Springs Dairy sampling table too! The best part is there is no admission and there is only $10 suggested donation per car load.Fun starts at 3pm and goes until 6pm. There will be plenty of space to relax and enjoy the music. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on.