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Networking, social media matter for small farms

Posted on 07/05/15

Climax, NC - After 20 years in the goat cheese business, Steve Tate has witnessed plenty of change as his Climax, N.C.-based dairy has grown in step with the local food movement.

These days, Tate produces 100,000 pounds of cheese a year, 10 times the amount he produced when Goat Lady Dairy first opened. A piston stuffer fills circular cups with curd, mechanizing a process that used to be done by hand. Customers who once sampled the cheese at farmers markets can now ogle creamy rounds of Sandy Creek cheese on Goat Lady’s Instagram account.

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