Cheesemakers in television spotlight
‘‘We are fundamentally a farm business with a value adding cheese operation.’’
The Martinborough region is renowned as one of the finest areas in the nation for producing quality products - be it wine, cheese, and other plentiful delicacies. In addition to this reputation, award-winning long-time locals Amanda and Lindsey Goodman have gladly taken on goats as ‘their thing,’ and now have a show and tell on Country Calendar.
The Goodmans founded their Martinborough-based gourmet goat’s cheese label, The Drunken Nanny, in 2015 after deciding their herd of pet goats had grown so large it was time they began earning their keep.
‘‘My children were intolerant to cow’s milk but not goat’s, so we started milking the pet does for our family to drink,’’ Amanda said.
Noticing how difficult it was to find and buy goat’s milk products anywhere, the Goodmans took on the challenge of the paperwork required to allow their goat’s cheese to be sold on the market, providing a solution for other families with the same dilemma.
To the Goodmans, being a small, family run business is a recipe for success that will never curdle. A longtime passion, they take great pride in seeing their small batched products travel from their humble hectares to retailer’s shelves. ‘‘The goat’s happiness is our number one priority, and being a family run business means we can run our business more focussed on their health and not just corporate finances,’’ said Amanda.
‘‘We understand how extremely lucky we are to live on this land so it’s really important to us to continue the farm in a sustainable manner, giving back and making sure it is here for future generations.’’
Family value is the thread that runs deep for The Drunken Nanny farm. The Goodmans live in the original farm house passed down from Amanda’s mother and father. Being a true local, she has watched the town grow from a ‘sleepy rural serving town’ to the world class wine and food village it is today. Her three children are also very involved in the farming life, just as she once was, and the 100 goats that make up the farm are considered no less than valuable family members too.
‘‘The are such beautiful animals,’’ Amanda said. ‘‘They are super intelligent, really loyal, and just a massive extension of our family.’’
Amanda and Lindsey’s Drunken Nanny brand embodies what Kiwi farming is all about. Taking advantage of the landscape and resources the country has to offer, and using them with consideration for all three elements of a successful business - planet, people, profit.
‘‘We are fundamentally a farm business with a value adding cheese operation,’’ Amanda said. ‘‘It takes a lot of hard work, integrity and gut burning passion, and we also want to ensure we are protecting the natural environment and being economically responsible in order to ensure our business is still around in years to come.’’
Amanda and Lindsey Goodman’s story can be seen on Hyundai Country Calendar Sunday 19th November at 7pm on TV One.
Award-winning Martinborough goat’s cheese label, The Drunken Nanny, is to feature on Country Calendar.