From Highway 24, the 2,400 square foot acre land appears to a passing visitor like a bunch of old-fashioned buildings clustered in one area. A yellow-colored sign beckons drive-bys and curiosity seekers to stop by the old-fashioned building.
International visitors and weekend guests can discover the world of cheese making at the Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy, an artisan cheese-making production facility, complete with 200 goats.
“I bought my first goat when I was 10,” said owner and cheese artisan Dawn Jump, tracing back to the time she was attracted to goat herding.
- Jump has a personal name for all the goats.
- During the tour, children can understand the process behind cheese making, from milk production to the final product displayed in the store.
- October 2013 will mark the third year of potato production. Watch for the first weekend of October to harvest the potatoes over three acres.
- In addition to the 200-plus goats, the dairy also shows off the dogs, pig, roosters, chickens, turkeys, sheep and llamas.
Owner Dawn Jump, fifth-generation Colorado native, convinced her family of seven brothers, all cattle ranchers to invest in her dairy goat farm. The investment allowed her to gut out the 1970s house, design the milking production facility and coordinate raw materials for the 2,000-goat herd.
Her savvy business dealings allow her to focus on the educational and sustainability of the land. For example, she retold a story about watching her grandma reuse water from washing dishes to using it on her garden. Jump wants to bring those simple principles into her 42-acre land, located several miles from downtown Buena Vista.
She is working closely with collaborative projects such as Colorado Correctional Industries (CCI). Other partnerships allow her to sell the cheese products to local establishments such as Mt Princeton Resort and Colorado King Sooper’s and City Markets.
Jump, along her with her two daughters, Sadi and Jule, 15, are managing the dairy farm, along with a team of employees, who assist in production and running store operations.
Two hours is a good time to walk through the tour and visit with the animals on the farm. Tours are offered between April through first week of October. (Check website for more details) During the winter months, the family business focus on cheese production including washing, scrubbing, tasting, buttering and air drying the cheese in the underground cave.
First Snow and Lemon Dill are favorites of visitors. The store allows guests to sample more than 35 products. In addition, the store sells local products of honey, jar pickle, and jellies.
The site is just several miles north of downtown Buena Vista on Highway 24. If you blink, you’ll miss it. Just look for the bright yellow signs.
Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy
31700 Hwy 24 North
Buena Vista, CO 81211
(877) 994-CHEZ (2439)
Tip #1: An abundance of cheese samples are sold in the gift shop. Don’t forget to bring a cooler to bring home these cheese products.
Tip #2: Looking for a Colorado holiday gift, check out the website for local basket products.
Tip 3#: For a private tour and viewing of the underground cellar, call ahead to schedule with owner Dawn Jump. She or one of her two daughters will guide the tour throughout the farm.
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