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Looking Glass Creamery – Columbus, NC

Looking Glass Creamery is located on farmland that has been in production since the 1940s. Formerly known as Green Hill Farm, the farm was purchased by Emerson Fairfax Harmon in 1947 and came to be known as Harmon Dairy. On the land that consisted of forested areas, rolling hills, creeks and flat land, the Harmon family raised dairy cattle and grew row crops such as corn, soybeans, barley and other small grains for their herd of dairy cattle and neighboring farms.

In 2016, Jennifer and Andy Perkins, cheesemakers in North Carolina, were growing their cheese business and looking to partner with a dairy farm to supply milk so that they could increase production. Doug Harmon, who was managing Harmon Dairy with his brother Alan, suggested that the Perkins buy the dairy and locate their creamery on-farm. In 2017, Jennifer and Andy purchased the farm; in 2018, the creamery was complete and cheese production moved to the farm. Today, Jennifer and Andy Perkins raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW dairy cattle and beef cattle at Looking Glass Creamery in Columbus, North Carolina, making AGW-certified cow’s milk cheeses from the herd’s milk.

Jennifer and Andy, along with the Looking Glass Creamery team, manage the herd of dairy cattle outdoors on pasture. “All our cows have been born and raised on this farm,” says Jennifer. “We milk about 30 cows and have a total herd on the property of 50 cows. When we bought the farm and the herd from the Harmons, it was comprised of Full Jerseys, Full Holsteins, crosses of those two as well as a little Norwegian Red and Guernsey mixed in. Since then we have added in high cheese merit genetics on the Jersey and Holstein side as well as brought in some Ayrshire and Montbeliarde into the herd so that our cows are vigorous animals that produce high-component milk for cheesemaking, are suited to a living a life outside on green grass, walking up and down hills, smaller profile, solidly built and able to maintain body condition on a primarily grass based diet.”

An award-winning line of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW cow’s milk cheeses and a cow’s milk caramel sauce are available from the farm’s cheese shop in Fairview, NC, from the farm store in Columbus, NC and at various retail outlets around North Carolina. Check the AGW directory for details. For more information about Looking Glass Creamery, visit lookingglasscheese.com, follow the farm on Facebook and Instagram or contact Andy Perkins at andy@ashevillecheese.com and (828) 458-4715.

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