A Look At Missouri's Baetje Farms and Its Artisan Goat Cheeses

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The utterly idyllic Baetje farmhouse will soon hold a chef's demo kitchen on the second floor. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • The utterly idyllic Baetje farmhouse will soon hold a chef's demo kitchen on the second floor.

Gut Check recently dropped by Baetje Farms (8932 Jackson School Road, Bloomsdale, MO; 573-483-9021) in southeast Missouri to see how owners Steve and Veronica Baetje and their team create its artisan goat cheeses. The farm's pastoral property and intricate production processes are so engaging to experience that we've chosen to share both in photo format. Page through to get a taste of what it's like to visit Baetje Farms.

Steve Baetje in front of the barn that serves as his cheese making headquarters. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • Steve Baetje in front of the barn that serves as his cheese making headquarters.
"Heidi goats," as Veronica Baetje calls them, are impossibly adorable. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • "Heidi goats," as Veronica Baetje calls them, are impossibly adorable.
Kids like these two were bottle fed by hand by Veronica and Steve. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • Kids like these two were bottle fed by hand by Veronica and Steve.

The indoor barn at Baetje Farms. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • The indoor barn at Baetje Farms.
Steve Baetje shows one of the state of the art cheese coolers that is precisely chilled by running ice water through metal piping. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • Steve Baetje shows one of the state of the art cheese coolers that is precisely chilled by running ice water through metal piping.
Cheese making is science balanced with skill. Steve shows a piece of temperature documenting equipment he uses. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • Cheese making is science balanced with skill. Steve shows a piece of temperature documenting equipment he uses.
Steve shows off one of the award-winning cheeses Baetje produces. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • Steve shows off one of the award-winning cheeses Baetje produces.

A World Cheese award-winning selection by Baetje Farms. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • A World Cheese award-winning selection by Baetje Farms.
Baetje Farms bucolic fields where the goats can roam and play outdoors. - BETH FARROW CLAUSS
  • Beth Farrow Clauss
  • Baetje Farms bucolic fields where the goats can roam and play outdoors.

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