Happy Critters. Great Cheese!
Nettle Meadow Sanctuary Farm is the home to well over 130 farm sanctuary animals and a cheese company in Thurman, New York just below Crane Mountain in the Adirondacks between Gore Mountain/North Creek and Warrensburg. It is owned and operated by Lorraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan. Both have a great love of animals, artisan cheese and the unique challenges of farm life. Nettle Meadow Farm was originally founded in 1990. Visit our Farm & Sanctuary page to learn more.
Nettle Meadow is committed to the principles of natural ingredients, happy and healthy animals, and carefully hand-crafted artisan cheeses. We make several varieties of soft goat cheeses and are well known for our semi-aged cheeses, including our award winning triple crème, Kunik, made from goat milk and Jersey cow cream, Nettle Peaks and Crane Mountain made from 100% goat milk. Our recent award winners include Amber Kunik, Sappy Ewe, Briar Summit and Slate Ridge. Our sheep milk cheeses include our award winning Three Sisters made from sheep, goat and cow milk, Simply Sheep, made from all sheep’s milk, and Penny’s Pride, a hard mold ripened sheep and cow milk combination. We offer a wide selection of chevres and fromage blancs and have a number of new exciting cheeses, including our new washed rind line and our mixed milk Fromage Frais blended cheeses. Visit our Cheeses page for more information.
Thank you for taking a look and please contact us if you have any questions about the farm, sanctuary, our cheeses, or for directions. The farm is normally open daily from 10am to 4pm for cheese sales. We offer a tour of the farm on Saturdays at noon and ask that only unvaccinated visitors wear masks and that everyone practice social distancing. We encourage self-guided tours between 10am and 4pm daily so guests can visit the animals in small groups seven days a week.
Curious how we make Kunik, our most highly awarded cheese? Check out the video below!
Visit Our Farm & Sanctuary
Visitors with a love of animals and cheese are always welcome.
Have you seen our farm animal labels?
We think its important for our customers to know a little more about the beings that help to make our cheese what it is. Now meet the creatures behind the labels:
Doedeen is named after her grandmother, Doe Doe, who somehow always reminded us a little bit of a Doe Doe bird. When Doedeen was born her coloring and personality were the spitting image of her grandmother and so she became “Doedeen.” Now she is a two year old who always finds a way to get back into the dairy parlor during milking over and over again for another feeding of grain. She is a free spirit who loves to lay in the sun with her friends, much like her grandmother…
Harrison is our “Big Man On Campus.” He came to us as just a ram lamb from our friends at Dancing Ewe and we bottle raised him into a great gentleman, and a very popular ram with the ladies. Harrison is almost three years old now but he still loves having his nose petted and will even give you a kiss. He’s a very sweet boy for a ram.
Nuts lives up to her name. She is always in high spirits rushing around the pasture and is known for her funny faces. She is always so happy it rubs off on everyone around her. She is also very compassionate. When her sister was injured she stayed with her in a stall for weeks and weeks and never complained about the confinement. Nuts has a warm place in everyone’s heart at Nettle Meadow.
Hip Hop is a yearling goat raised to become part of our sanctuary. Her birth was very difficult and she has a hip problem that stems back to that. She fought so hard to be in this world, its only fitting we raise her to have a happy tranquil life with our sanctuary animals. She has a wonderful disposition and when she moves to the main farm this summer she will be a very sweet ambassador for visitors.
Mae is a wonderfully sweet and mellow sheep who has been a dominant producer in our sheep herd for many years. Last year she went through a bit of a health scare but she bounced right back so quickly and this year she is back at work and has produced two more beautiful lambs. Mae is a beautiful example of the many working girls it takes to make Nettle Meadow such a success.
Foonzie is the kind of rescue creature that makes Nettle Meadow special. Foonzie was born to one of our guard llamas, and when we found him, there wasn’t much life left in him. He was rushed to a local vet for special care and was raised in a warm garage with his mother and grandmother until he could go out to the pasture. Later we realized he was a little special and now he has a pen and outdoor area just for him because he’s a little too aggressive for his own good. But everyone loves him and his crazy expressions.