Founded by Jim Schott in 1989, Haystack Mountain is located in Longmont, Colorado. A former teacher, Jim felt he wanted a complete change of direction that satisfied a desire for both physical work and to be surrounded by animals.
Although originally a farmstead operation, Jim sold his dairy when he retired from daily operations in 2008. Today, milk for cheese production comes from Haystack's partner dairy at the Skyline Correctional Center in Cañon City, located in southwest Colorado. The inmates run all aspects of the dairy from breeding to milking, and care for 1,100 head of goats of various breeds.
Haystack Mountain makes a variety of young and aged goat's milk cheeses.
Haystack Peak is a 7oz. mold ripened, truncated pyramid. The texture is delicate, smooth and velvety with a pure white colored paste.
Flavors are balanced and rich with notes of hay and grass, balanced by a fresh, milky tang. With age, flavors intensify and concentrate and the texture breaks down and becomes softer.
Haystack Peak pairs well with a Sancerre or fruitier wines such as Pinot Gris, Reisling or Gewurztraminer.