Spriggs Delight is nestled Located in Sharpsburg, Maryland, the 43-acre farm sits across the road from the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the majestic Potomac River. Ten years ago, Jill’s mother traveled to France and fell in love with dairy goats and artisan goat milk cheese. When she returned, she started Spriggs Delight Farms. Eventually, Jill took over the business as chief cheese maker.
Nestled in the Potomac River valley of Western Maryland is the romantic location of Spriggs Delight Farm, an artisan goat cheese venture in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Jill Little is the owner and cheese maker, inheriting her duties from the farm’s founder – her mother. Ten years ago, Jill’s mother traveled to France and fell in love with dairy goats and artisan goat’s milk cheese. When she returned, she started Spriggs Delight Farms. Eventually, Jill took over the business as chief cheese maker.
An average day consists of milking more than 50 dairy goats, sending the milk to the chiller to lower the temperature, and preserving the milk for making cheese later in the day. Jill produces 525 pounds of artisan goat’s milk cheese a week. Goats are milked twice a day and lactate for approximately 300 days.
In addition to milking, the goats need all of the usual tending that small ruminants need: shots, hoof trimmings, feeding, watering, and lots of sunshine in the pristine pasture of the farm. New kids come every spring after fall breeding. Kids are hand fed when the milking line begins again in the spring. When the does and bucks are separated, does go into the breeding program as replacements for older does, and bucks are sold as breeding stock and for 4H projects.
If you have never had artisan goat’s milk cheese, come to the Farmers Market at Maryland on Wednesdays from 11 am to 3 pm and taste a sample of soft cheese spread from Spriggs Delight Farm.
For photos from Spriggs Delight Farm, visit the farmers market Facebook page.