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By Alison J. Stein
Published by About.com Culinary Travel

photo: goat at Monteillet Fromagerie, by Alison Stein Wellner

photo by Alison Stein Wellner

While it’s great to buy artisanal cheese at a farm market or specialty shop, there’s something very special about visiting the farm, seeing the animals that are milked — and then, of course, tasting the cheese that results.

Monteillet Fromagerie is ideally set up for this sort of an excursion, with many gregarious goats lined up to greet you and a cozy tasting bar awaiting within. The fromagerie is in Dayton, Washington in the Walla Walla Valley — a particularly beautiful part of the country has been long known for producing sweet onions, now reknown for excellent wine, and a perfect location for Monteillet’s goat and sheep cheeses. The animals are a thrill for kids of all ages, but don’t mistake this for a petting zoo — their cheese is of the highest quality. A must try: Le Roi, a petit chevre dusted in grapeleaf ash.

Monteillet also offers occasional cheesemaking workshops.

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