Anne Topham, Grande Dame of Goat Cheese Retires
The state of French-style goat cheeses may not be the same in Wisconsin today if it wasn't for Anne Topham and partner Judy Borree. Back when they started their dairy in 1982, no one else was making goat cheese in the state.
At age 73, Anne says she doesn't plan to stop milking a few goats or making a little cheese. She's just not going to make it for sale anymore. The next chapter in her life might include some consulting for beginning cheesemakers, something she's done quite often along the way, most of the time for free. With 30 years of cheesemaking knowledge, she's still got a lot to offer.
Photo by Jeanne Carpenter