By Tiffany Howard
Goats have been a part of Dustin Noble’s life for as long as he can remember; he was raised on goat’s milk due to his brother’s dairy allergy. Years later, when Dustin was in middle school, he wanted to start showing animals. During the decision-making process, Dustin’s father remembered the good times they had raising goats in their earlier years and suggested Dustin give that a try. Dustin did just that, raising and showing goats throughout middle school, high school and even college.
While raising and selling breeding stock across the country, Dustin started attending national goat shows. It was during a goat show in Iowa that Dustin met his future wife, Justyne, who has been involved with goats for her whole life as well. Originally from Kansas, Justyne moved to Tennessee to receive her education and to be with Dustin. Of course, she brought some of her goats with her.
The Nobles had talked about turning their love of raising goats into a product they could offer directly to consumers. Business planning began in 2007, and in August 2009, Noble Springs Dairy opened for business. Today, the Nobles milk about 50 goats on their Franklin, Tennessee, farm and offer a variety of goat cheeses, which can be found in 20 restaurants, stores and farmers markets in the greater Nashville area. Their goat cheese (or chevre, if you will) include flavors such as garlic herb, cherry berry, sun-dried tomato and basil, Santa Fe, peppercorn and more. They also offer chevre logs, feta, cheddar and Gouda.
If you are wondering what goes well with goat cheese, Dustin and Justyne have a few suggestions: put it on pizzas, add it to salads, stir-fry it with chicken and veggies, spread it on sandwiches or just dip crackers in it.
Try it for yourself by visiting www.noblespringsdairy.com, or call (615) 481-9546 to find out where to buy the products or to schedule a farm tour, which are by appointment only.