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Family turns health issue into business

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Chester, SC - Fishing Creek Creamery

What turned out to be a health issue for Dave Cole turned into the start of a family business for him and his wife Malinda.

In the early ‘90's, Dave discovered he was lactose intolerant to cow's milk, and found that goat milk and cheese worked better for him. From there, the couple raised their own goats to produce milk and cheese right in their back yard. Last month, the Coles decided to share their home made goat cheese with the public, and opened Fishing Creek Creamery in Chester, SC.

The Goat Cheese Process

Every morning at 7:30, the Coles begin what they call a “no shortcut” process of making the goat cheese, and it all begins with what the goats eat. “They eat plenty of hay, we make our own hay. We do supplement with grain mainly because they produce so much that they need as much nutrition as they can get to replenish their bodies," Malinda said. 

After the goats eat, they are lined up to be milked. The milk travels through tubes to a separate room with a holding tank.  The milk sits in the holding tank for three to four days, then is placed into bags to rest overnight as it changes from a liquid to a solidified curd.

The Outcome

For the Coles, the rewarding part of it is not only a satisfied stomach for Dave, but a satisfied customer as well.  “The customer that comes back and realizes this isn’t like what you get at the grocery store.... and a smile comes across their face gives us a lot of joy.”  And as for Dave ever going back to cow’s milk? “To me it’s more of a nutritious food, we know everything going into these animals,” Dave said. "No, I will probably never go back to cow's milk.”

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