Once upon a time there was a dream. After attending a thanksgiving dinner where homemade goat milk cheese was served, a little fire began to burn. The idea that one could raise their own goats and make cheese from their milk seemed like an idyllic fantasy. Was it really possible? We were just city folks in Santa Cruz, California with no land to speak of, yet the dream persisted. After our twins were born in the midst of the economic crisis of 2008, it was time to take the leap and trade in commuting for cultivating. In 2012 we found the perfect piece of property in the beautiful Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon and got to work. The property included twin granddaddy pear trees, and with a wink and nod towards are own twin kids, we dubbed our homestead Twin Pear Farm. The first few years were focused on making our rustic 1930s home inhabitable and giving TLC to very overgrown gardens and trees. While we worked on improvements, Westi dabbled in the kitchen perfecting food preservation and canning the variety of abundant fruit on the property. Neighbors and friends raved about the pear butter and blackberry jam, noting the depth of flavor typically only found in grandma’s kitchen. What a delightful surprise! In 2016 we decided to utilize the sales of our eggs and canned goods to help support the growth of the farm by opening a humble roadside farmstand. The responses from neighbors, campers, loggers and passersby was unanimous: “Westi!! The jam is out of this world amazing!,” “Can I preorder by the case?,” and the occasional post-it on the mailbox “Your pickles were delicious!” Needless to say, we decided to keep going and growing, adding unique flavors, like Carrot Cake Jam, Merlot Jam and Midnight Vanilla Spice Jam. In 2016, the long dreamed of goats finally arrived! We began breeding and expanded into goats milk products (raw milk, soaps and lotions). We were so unprepared for our success that we sold out of our entire stock of soaps at our first holiday market. We started with just 4 high quality stock and today house over twenty Nigerian Dwarf goats with the finest genetics in the country. Fulfilling our fantasy, the goats are now the focus of our operations and we follow the daily rhythm of farm chores while further improving our herd and expanding our product line. It’s a delicate dance and a lot of work, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world.