Spinning Spider Creamery is an artisan goat dairy nestled in a mountain cove on Bailey Mountain in Madison County, NC. Our elevation is high, our air and water are pure and our goats reflect this in their vitality and production. Because of this, our cheese encompasses the essence of our mountain environment.
We are a family farm with our roots in 4-H and homeschooling our three sons. Our family mission is to maintain a lifestyle that incorporates the cycles of the seasons with our love of our animals, our craft of cheese making and our family unity. The entire family participates in the operation of the creamery. The end result is a variety of handcrafted artisan cheeses brought to their fullest complexity of flavors through care and attention to detail in an old world style.
The Creamery operations are completely managed by our immediate family. Chris is the head of the operation. She's the main cheese maker and makes those day to day management decisions on the best use of the milk. Cullen, our oldest son, is working full time at the dairy along with judging dairy goats at shows around the country. He's also a seasonal employee of the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) as a Linear Appraiser. His jobs here on the dairy rotate between marketing, herd management and cheesemaking. The rest of the milking, chores and herd maintenance are handled by our youngest son, Morgan who is a recent graduate of AB-Tech's welding program. Morgan's focus on metal work has expanded into his forge and knife making business. Sylas, our middle son, is working off the farm as a pharmaceutical chemist while his wife, Sierra teaches elementary school. They visit the dairy when they can but much of their free time is caught up with clogging and a busy lifestyle. Chris' husband Jeff is recently retired from NC Cooperative Extension Service after 37 years dedicated to Christmas tree production in the mountains of NC. Along with chores and milking, he helps maintain the facility. Most important is his contribution to marketing cheese on the weekends at the farmers markets. Look for Jeff at farmers markets on Saturday mornings year round.
Our cheese is available at farmers markets, local specialty stores and limited hours by appointment at the farm.
Farmers markets we currently attend are:
North Asheville Tailgate Market, Saturday mornings, UNCA campus, year round.
Transylvania Farmers Market, Saturday mornings, Brevard, NC, year round.
RAD Farmers Market, Wednesday afternoons, Smokey Park Supper Club in the River Arts district, year round.
At this time we offer no tours and limit on farm sales to appointment only. Contact us SpinningSpiderCreamery@gmail.com for information on scheduling cheese purchase. As a small, family operation, we are often busy with the day to day management of our milking herd and cheese kitchen and because of COVID have chosen to limit our use of outside employees. We will happily answer your questions and tell you about our herd and our cheesemaking but at this time will be unable to provide any tours, viewing of the goats or the facility. Thanks for understanding!