Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese


The story of this small dairy farm begins in 1980 when Bruce DeGroot and Karen Mickler moved here from Iowa, hoping to live simply and grow most of their own food through sustainable farming practices. The couple and a neighbor pooled their money to buy a Jersey "milker," but when the neighbor moved away, Bruce and Karen found themselves sole owners of a cow that produced more milk than they could consume. Their solution? Begin making cheese. Today Yellow Branch has a herd of six Jerseys and offers four varieties of cheese: Farmstead, Pepper, Basil and Natural Rind. (Prices are $10.25 to $12.75 per pound.) Unlike most mass-produced cheeses, Yellow Branch cheeses are made from whole, unpasteurized milk, and no preservatives or mold-inhibitors are used. The cows feed on organically managed pastures in what Bruce and Karen call a "stress-free environment," and they are not given growth hormones. At her pottery studio just down the hill from the farm, Karen makes attractive tableware, kitchenware, luminaries, and ornaments. (Prices range from $25 for a mug to $145 for a large baking dish.) The pottery showroom doubles as a cheese-tasting room. Visitors to Yellow Branch are welcome to wander around the farm and gardens, or to picnic at the benches near the pottery studio. For more information on Yellow Branch Farm & Pottery, ""


136 Yellow Branch Circle
Robbinsville, NC 28771


35.42779900, -83.71759800
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(828) 479-6710

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