Address: 127 Herr Road, Ronks PA 17572
About Us / Linden Dale Farm History: +The Farm-Linden Dale Farm is a 93 acres preserved farm located in central Lancaster County. It has been farmed by the Mellinger family for six generations. Currently it is farmed by Andrew and Mary Mellinger and their six children, Andy Jr., Abram, Carrie, Greta, Madeline and Ezra. There are currently 75 milking does and a slew of young goats. All of the milk produced by the goats is used to make goat cheese.The Goats-They are Lamancha goats that were chosen for their gentle disposition and their excellent flavored milk. The goats are fed alfalfa grown on the farm and have access to pasture. Goats are browsers and enjoy eating many different plants and flowers too! All responsibilities including milking, feeding, kid care, cheese making, and marketing of the cheese are shared by the whole family. The whole process of milking the goats to making the cheese is located in one building therefore the milk is handled as little as possible maintaining the highest standard of quality and freshness of the milk. Six batches of cheese are made each week.The Cheese- Linden Dale Farm makes a fresh chevre, feta cheese, fresh mozzarella, two soft aged cheeses: Laughing Lindy and Dalencay, and one hard cheese: Tomme de Lindendale. The milk is pasteurized in the vat at a low temperature so that its integrity is maintained, however, due to the Tomme’s ability to age for 60 days or more allows this cheese to be produced with raw milk. All of the cheeses are sold at our farm stand at Lancaster Central Market and to local restaurants where they are featured in many menus. ChevreThis is a fresh cheese that acts as the staple goat cheese and can be used in practically all cooking recipes and salads as well as substituting for many of the generic processed cheeses with ease. Plain, chive, and garlic are offered as different flavorings but it is recommended that you season to your own liking as it can compliment many different spices. Feta The feta cheese is hand moulded in basket moulds to form individual wheels and then placed in brine,which is a combination of whey and salt water. The feta wheels are then weighed and individually packaged so they can continue to age in brine. Stored covered in brine in the refrigerator the cheese wheels will continue to mature and develop a more complex flavor over time. The cheese can be stored like this for months. The feta cheese is not too salty and has a pleasing finish. Made from goat milk this is a true feta and a healthy, flavorful addition to many dishes and salads. MozzarellaThis hand-pulled artisan cheese cannot be found anywhere else in the state and Lindendale Farms is one of the few producers that use goat milk to do so. Besides melting very well on pizza and other dishes, this cheese can be the capstone to a tomato-basil-mozzarella salad. The flavor is sweet and mellow and can be purchased dry-wrapped or wet in the brine. This cheese is only for sale seasonally.Laughing LindyA French-style soft aged cheese that has a soft bloomy rind, this cheese can be delightful dinner-party sensation. This cheese is aged for 2-3 weeks in an aging cabinet before being hand-wrapped and taken to market. Finding a cheese with the unique pique and undertones in the flavor would be difficult on this side of the Atlantic. This is truly a cheese-lover’s delight on a cracker. DalencayNamed after a similar looking cheese from the small French ville Valencay, the dark ash-coated rind of this cheese perks the curiosity of many a cheese monger. Similar to Laughing Lindy, Dalencay can have a strong kick of flavor and smell but is surprisingly mild when paired with certain fresh fruit and bread. The exotic feel of tasting this pleasantly gooey cheese will keep you returning for more.Tomme de LindendaleThis is the only truly hard cheese currently sold by Lindendale Farm. With a pure natural rind, tomme can be entirely eaten rind and all. Aged for at least 60 days this cheese can also be produced with raw milk which adds new flavors to the cheese. It has a sweet taste with a nutty finish making Tomme de Lindendale one of Linden Dale Farm’s most popular cheeses.