Located near Chilton, just north of Milwaukee, close to the shores of Lake Michigan, LaClare Farm is owned by Larry & Clara Hedrich and their family. LaClare is a small-scale goat dairy with extremely high milk quality standards. The does have room to exercise and graze on pasture, and are fed whole grains and other foods that goats love. Both Larry & Clara have played a key role in helping to improve standards for dairy goats and goat milk in Wisconsin over many years. As well as raising and milking their own dairy goats, they created a successful dairy goat co-operative that has greatly helped a number of WI producers. This has raised awareness of goat dairying in what was always traditionally a cow dairy state.
In 2008, LaClare started a collaboration with nearby Saxon Creamery to produce a Evalon, a cheese made exclusively from their own goat’s milk.
Recently, Larry & Clara's daughter Katie has stated to play a key role in the business. Having attained her cheesemaker's license, she is now making Evalon at Saxon Creamery and helping to develop the longer term goal of creating a cheesemaking facility, education center and store at laClare Farm.
Currently, milk from LaClare Farm is delivered to Saxon for the production of Evalon.
Made in a 12.5lb. wheel from raw goat's milk, Evalon is a cooked, pressed cheese that is aged for a minimum of 70 days, and can be aged up to 150 days.
The texture is semifirm, dense and close. Flavors are mellow, smooth and sweet with a lingering, balanced finish.