I recently visited Tricia Smith and Michael Holland at their historic farmstead in Hardwich, Mass.—home to the New England cheese favorite Ruggles Hill Creamery. Before I interviewed Smith for an upcoming series on design and innovation in cheese, she gave me a tour of the pastoral paradise that is both her workplace and home. On this tour, I was introduced to the goat gals (does) who produce the milk for Ruggles Hill cheese, as well as their dashing bucks. Our true “tour guide” Rose, a statuesque Saanen, showed our little group around the main barn and then lead us out to the doe pasture. A diligent guide, she made sure we hit all of the hot spots and was quite content to be tipped in head scratches. Our last stop before the creamery was the buck barn—fit for the most sophisticated of gentlemen with classical music playing throughout the day. Below are a few photos of the goats of Ruggles Hill as we explored their home. Stay tuned for our interview with Smith which will feature a peek inside her creamery and cheese caves!
Photo Credit: Ryan Kaminski-Killiany