N.C. cheese trips

While there are artisan, or small-batch, cheesemakers all over the South, North Carolina is the leader with more than 35, most on small farms.

Cheese has become such a good way to tour farms that there’s a Western N.C. Cheese Trail ( with maps and details on 10 farms in the foothills and mountains, but there are cheesemakers all over the state.

If you want to visit a cheesemaker, you can try one of these:

Looking Glass Creamery, Fairview. This dairy ( makes both goat’s milk and cow’s milk cheeses that have a following at local-foods restaurants statewide. In addition to classes, their shop, The Creamery, features local products and cheese. 3-7 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Celebrity Dairy, Siler City. The property ( includes a B&B, event space for weddings, and of course, the dairy where they make goats’ milk cheeses. Lunch and dairy tours for a minimum of 15 people are $15 a person Tuesdays-Thursdays.

Goat Lady Dairy, Climax. The Tate family offers popular five-course dinners at the dairy ( once a month in spring and fall, plus a free Open Farm Day twice a year. Dinners are usually $60; bring your own wine or beer.

Elodie Farms, Rougemont. Occasional Dinner on the Porch events feature local chefs, plus there are frequent farm tours, classes and special events. Details:

Round Mountain Creamery, Black Mountain. It’s a full-service goat dairy ( that produces bottled goat milk and cheeses, with a farm store and year-round tours. Kathleen Purvis