Catapano Dairy Farm, Labor of Love for Dr. Catapano
Dr. Michael Catapano of Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic, NY, left his day job as an emergency physician for a few years to help his wife build up their farm from 15 goats to 80. They now make goat cheese, yogurt, soap, skincare products, and fudge.
He and his wife, Karen, had spent time on farms as children and were attracted to a more rural life, although the challenge of doing so turned out to be significant. They had to learn from scratch how to manage the goats and turn their milk into something edible.
“We knew nothing,” Dr. Catapano said. “It was a lot of trial and error. I think we underestimated how much work it would take to get it to the point to where we wanted it to be.”