Behind-the-scenes at Redwood Hill goat farm
Paul Franson from the Napa Valley Register got a behind-the-scenes look at Redwood Hill Farm in California, and came away with a good grasp of the health benefits of goat's milk yogurt, kefir, and cheese, along with some great recipes.
The dairy was founded in 1968 by the parents of present owners and operators, Jennifer Bice and her siblings, many of whom work in the business today. Bice’s parents left Los Angeles in the ’60s to go back to the country and raise their own food. Soon, they bought goats and started delivering goat milk to local health stores. Bice took over in 1978, and started to diversify into other goat-milk products. In 2000, they acquired a larger farm, and in 2005 took over the plant they’re now in. They now have about 300 goats, and sell kefir and yogurt nationwide. Their plain yogurt in quarts is the best-selling yogurt in natural food stores, Bice said, and their plain goat milk is No. 1 in sales in the United States.