Take a drive through the lush and rolling hills of southern Indiana where the winters are hard and the accents are sweet and soft. Just before Route 150 crosses the Ohio River to Louisville, you'll find the Schad family at Capriole Dairy. The Schads were true pioneers in the artisan cheese movement and continue to make some of the best goat cheese in America under the direction of their daughter, Kate.
In a bit of serendipity, when Judy Schad and her husband Larry bought their farm in 1976, they discovered that, in the 1800s, it had belonged to Larry's great-great-grandfather. To honor family tradition, they decided to build a new log cabin right over the foundation of the old house. They tried their hand at raising all manner of barn animals, and soon fell in love with the affectionate, independent, and mischievous traits of their small flock of milking goats.
Until earlier this year, they managed a healthy herd of four hundred Alpine, Saanen, and Nubian goats and it is these goats that have provided milk for their nationally known line of handmade Capriole goat cheeses. Recently, Judy and Larry sold the herd to a neighboring farm to focus entirely on the cheesemaking side of the business.
Named for a former Capriole intern who loved cheesemaking, Julianna is a one-pound wheel that develops a bloomy rind before being dusted with herbes de Provence. The paste is semi-soft with clean, mildly tangy and nutty flavors that are enhanced -- never overshadowed – by the presence of the herbs.
Farm / Company: Capriole
Cheesemaker: Judy Schad
Proprietor: Judy & Larry Schad
Affineur: Judy Schad
City, State: Greenville, Indiana
Milk Type: Goat
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Rind: Bloomy, herb-coated
Aging: 3-6 weeks
Size(s): 1 pound wheel