We want to contribute to the Teton Valley community by:
Winter Winds Farm
Nate first became interested in artisan cheese while working as a chef in top end restaurants across the country. He decided to give up life in the kitchen, and took a job on a farm. He moved across the country to work as a cheesemaker and farmhand in Redmond, Oregon where he learned the art of cheesemaking. Nate and Ginny were then drawn to the Tetons in 2009 for their love of skiing where they started the farm and contributing to the community.
Jessica fell in love with goats after a kid snuggle session at Caromont Farms near Washington, DC. In between snuggles she enjoyed tasting different types of goat cheese and talking to the local farmer. The trip became an annual tradition with her friends as did educating them about goats, sustainable agriculture, and nutrition. When she learned that Winter Winds Farm was for sale in Mark's home state of Idaho, they decided to seize the opportunity!
Jessica enjoys butter, salt, ceramics, making sourdough bread, running, rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee and snowboarding. She is passionate about ecological best practices, nutrition, agriculture education, fermenting, and locally sourcing to support community farms. She looks forward to teaching everyone what goats have to offer the Teton Valley.
We met on the Washington, DC Ultimate Frisbee circuit through mutual friends. However, it was not until 4 years later when Mark was officiating the wedding of Jessica’s best friend, Jenny, that official sparks began to fly. Always planning to move out West to be closer to Mark’s family, we were excited to discover the opportunity to purchase Winter Winds Farm. Under the partnership and mentorship of Nathan Ray and Ginny Robbins, we are looking forward to continuing the farm’s success through contributing delicious cheese and super cute baby goats to the Valley!
Mark grew up in Cottonwood, Idaho, graduated from the University of Idaho, and then immediately moved to Washington, DC. He has spent the last 12 years working in and out of government primarily focusing on international education. Before meeting Jessica, he never would have thought that he would move back to Idaho to raise goats and make cheese, but her passion for goats and love of cheese is infectious. He is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the community, learn more about goats and cheese, and get back to his small town Idaho roots.
Mark is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, DC and is looking forward to volunteering in the Teton Valley. Like Jessica, he enjoys ultimate frisbee and ceramics but unlike Jessica he skis and does not enjoy running.
All of our cheese are made by hand in small batches. They vary with the seasons as our goats' diet changes, varying the fat and protein content of the milk. We only offer fresh soft cheese in the summer and fall when we are milking the goats.
Every spring our ladies "kid," giving birth and restarting their milk production. We get lots of visitors during this time because everyone wants to visit the kids!