Stop out at LaClare Farms to Taste Something out of the Ordinary!Café | Retail Shoppe | Farmstead Creamery | Tours
In 2012, LaClare Farms broke ground on their new facility located in Malone, WI (Pipe). In July 2013, we opened our Retail Shoppe, Cafe, Farmstead Creamery & Dairy Goat Farm.
Our Retail Shoppe and Cafe are open year round Sunday 9am-7pm Monday-Saturday 10 am to 7 pm.
In the Café, our seasonal menu features dishes prepared from scratch using locally raised, fresh ingredients whenever possible. Come on out for a delicious bowl of homemade soup or to have our cheese, that we make right here on your grassfed burger. We serve Sunday Brunch (al la carte style) every Sunday from 9am-2pm with our regular menu from 2pm-7pm.
Our Retail Shoppe offers a wide variety of Wisconsin Artisan and Farmstead Cheeses. Along with ice cream, wine, craft beer and specialty foods. You can even find our products online to purchase.
In our farmstead creamery we are currently making over 10 different types of cheeses with over 30 flavors! We use goat, sheep and cow milk to make our cheeses! Our cheesemakers enjoy being able to produce different cheeses for our customers so you will always find some new cheese from our cheesemakers!
Come in between the hours of 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. and you will be able to see the milking process from our climate controlled viewing room. We have a state of the art facility where we milk over 400 goats twice a day. Starting Memorial Day weekend through October we have our Kid Zone open—this is where you can feed goat their grain and get right in the pen with them!
Please call or send an email if you would like more information. Just let us know how we can help you. Hope to see you soon!
History of LaClare Farms
Welcome to the LaClare Farms, which is owned and operated by Larry and Clara Hedrich & four out of their five children.
Larry and Clara Hedrich, the La & Clare part of LaClare, had a dream to raise their now five grown children on a farm. They purchased a 22 acre farm, in 1978, on the outskirts of Chilton where they began their dairy goat operation and raised their five children. In the Late 80’s Early 90’s as the children became 4-H age they began showing their goats throughout Wisconsin and Michigan. They did this for a few years until in 1996 the opportunity to go commercial – milk goat by machines—came up. The first load of goat milk was picked up in April of 1996 and was shipped to BressBleu in Watertown, WI. The family milked over 100 goats for about nine years before Larry and another group of farmers started the Quality Dairy Goat Producers Co-op. The QDGPC has set the standard for good quality goat milk across the United States. With this they are able to supply LaClare Farms, Sartori Cheese, Carr Valle Cheese and LaLoos Ice Cream with goat milk.
Larry and Clara were looking to add value back to the farm through other avenues than just shipping milk. Through years and years of research this dream came to life in 2008 with their first batch of Evalon. LaClare Farms worked with a local dairy plant that had a small vat to craft a cheese out of 100% LaClare Farms milk.
LaClare Farms had won their first award with Evalon at the United States Champion Cheese contest. At this time middle daughter, Katie Fuhrmann, our current head cheesemaker, began to gain interest in Cheesemaking. She volunteered a couple of days a week to make Evalon. Then in June of 2009 Larry, Clara and Katie went to Holland on an educational tour. This is the point when Katie fell in love with Cheesemaking and things really began to explode for LaClare Farms. In Sept 2009, Katie began making cheese full time for LaClare Farms.
For the next few years Katie had worked on perfecting Evalon and LaClare Farms won Best of Show at the United States Champion Cheese contest! There were 1604 different cheeses entered from all across the United States. Katie was the youngest cheesemaker to ever be awarded this honor along with the Second Female and the Second Goat cheese. This cheese continues to be our flagship cheese with the awards it brings in.
In the fall of 2011, second oldest and only son Greg, joined the family operation as the Business Manager. In December of 2011, oldest daughter Anna and Husband Mike purchased 185 goats to expand the herd. Anna operates as the part time herd manager, oversees all animal records and herd health.
In 2012 LaClare Farms came back to their roots, Chandoka Farms, the property in which LaClare Farms in built on today. Chandoka Farms was settled by Larry Hedrich’s grandparents in the early 1900’s. This is where Larry’s mom and 3 threes, Charmaine, Ann, Donna and Kathy were raised and hence the name Chandoka. Larry’s grandparents raised mink early on and then transitioned into a hobby farm as they got older. On December 15, 2012, LaCLare Farms broke ground for their state of the art dairy goat operation.
In the spring of 2013, the second youngest daughter, Jessica had joined the family business as the Retail & Café Manager as well as doing the graphic designs work. LaClare Farms began milking in its new location June 23, 2013; they opened the retail store on July 12, 2013, opened the café in August 2013 and began making cheese here on December 12, 2013.
In the winter of 2014 LaClare Farms was making cheese here on site fulltime. With the great quality milk and craftsmanship of our cheesemakers we continue to bring in awards on our cheeses.
Within the last year LaClare Farms has had the great honor of being the first runner up, Best of Show with its Standard Market Cave Aged Chandoka. LaClare Farms makes this Chandoka and Standard Market aged it in their caves.