Welcome to Honey Creek Creamery’s century farm and goat dairy.
Honey Creek Creamery Inc. officially became a certified dairy in 2010. Sharon handcrafts the goat milk gelato and farmstead cheese. George is alfalfa producer extraordinaire, and daughter, Paige, wins hearts as tour operator.
A 100 year old bunkhouse was renovated into the milk parlor and processing plant. On our 127 acre Century farm, we grow non-gmo alfalfa to feed our goats and pasture-raised cows. Since we grow our own feed, we know it is organic and pride ourselves on small batch, high quality products. We welcome you to experience our fresh goat milk products’ mild flavor derived from Loess Hills vegetation and enhanced by seasonal, local organic herbs and fruit.
Sharon got her first goats while in Colorado in the 1990s, mainly as hiking companions (and for comic relief). In 1999, we bought George’s great grandfather’s farm established in 1891 and moved to Iowa.
About Our Goats
Alpines and Saanens are the main breed of goats that we have. Often we cross breed them with Nubian goats to get the best of both breeds — higher fat content and more quantity. Mamas are bred in autumn — we attempt artificial insemination to improve the quality of the herd. The herd is about 40 strong for the 2017 season. Only about one-half of these are milking goats– the rest are babies and fixed boys (wethers) kept as hiking buddies and for weed management on the farm. Our business is seasonal typically going from April – November since we follow the natural cycle of the goats with babies born in the spring.
We are committed to good environmental practices from raising our goats humanely, feeding organic alfalfa, maintaining clean barns and processing rooms and taking daily goat hikes to ensure goats are healthy. Our goats are free to roam 50 acres in the Loess Hills and are not confined like goats often are at larger dairies. After milking, we go on a hike and the goats stay up on the ridge and browse until about 4:00 PM when they come down on their own volition for tasty alfalfa hay. The goats are protected in the hills and at night by their Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd guard dogs, Tucker and Duchess.