Cave to Co-op, August, 2023

This month’s special cheese is Sky Ranch, Ice House Farm, Goshen, Vermont

a raw goat milk, natural rind cheese

Chad and Morgan Beckwith began their adventure on rented farmland in Addison, Vermont. The 18th century farmhouse property featured panoramic views, large dairy barns with slate roofs, and the original ice house. Working with the land and goats, the soil slowly started to get into their veins and bones. This is where they developed their passion for farming and producing healthy, nutrient-dense food. They moved to Goshen in the fall of 2016 to expand their grass-fed goat herd and farm.

Ice House Farm’s milk is 100% grass and forage fed, certified Animal Welfare Approved, and they’re working towards organic certification. The soil, pastures, and quality hay are their best tools for creating healthy, delicious milk. The goats have outdoors access 24/7, 365 days a year. The goats are rotationally grazed during the growing season, where they have access to new forage and browse; the herd is moved to new grazing areas once or twice a day, depending on the size and quality of the pasture.

Sky Ranch is a raw goat milk tomme, influenced by the tommes from Twig Farm where Chad spent some time learning cheesemaking, but shining with the taste and flavors of the fields the goats graze upon. Each wheel is aged five to eight months.

Check out these tasty recipes using Sky Ranch!

Baked Ratatouille with Sky Ranch
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• 2 red onions, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 2 eggplants, diced
• 2 red peppers, seeded and diced
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 tsp soy sauce
• 500ml passata
• 200g Sky Ranch, shredded
• 4 zucchini and/or summer squash) thinly sliced
For the cheese sauce
• 400 ml milk
• 50g unsalted butter
• 50g plain flour
• 80g Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated

  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a heavy frying pan and gently cook the red onion and garlic for 5 mins until just starting to brown. Scatter over the eggplant and red pepper and sizzle for another 4 mins, adding more oil if you need to. Season well and stir through the paprika, then splash in the vinegar and soy sauce. Pour over the passata, then simmer for 5 mins until glossy and thick. Turn off the heat. Can be made up to two days ahead and kept in the fridge.
  2. To make the cheese sauce, heat the milk in a heavy saucepan until simmering. In a separate pan, melt the butter and add the flour. Stir to make a paste. Slowly whisk in the hot milk and simmer gently for 2-3 mins, stirring continually until thickened slightly. Stir in the Parmigiano-Reggiano and season.
  3. Tip the ratatouille into an ovenproof dish, then completely cover it with the cheese sauce. Spread the shredded Sky Ranch and arrange the squash slices on top in concentric circles, alternating between green and yellow if you have them. Can be assembled several hours before cooking.
  4. Heat oven to 425oF. Brush or drizzle the remaining oil over the squash slices and season with sea salt. Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins until the squash are cooked through and starting to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 mins before serving.

Harissa, Veggie, Sky Ranch & Couscous Salad
• 100g Moulin Mahjoub Couscous
• juice 1⁄2 lemon
• 200g leftover roasted vegetables –
eggplant, onions, peppers, carrots, parsnips or butternut squash work well (save any oil from the roasting tin to mix into your salad)
• 1 tbsp Moulins Mahjoub Harissa
• 50g Sky Ranch, shredded or shaved
• Arugula leaves

  1. Put the couscous in a bowl, season and add the lemon juice. Pour over 100ml boiling water from the kettle, cover with a tea towel and leave for a few mins until the liquid has been completely absorbed.
  2. Fluff up the couscous with a fork. Toss the leftover roasted veg with the harissa and any oil from the roasting tin. Add to the couscous with the cheese and arugula. Pack into tubs and chill until lunchtime, or eat straight away.

Cave to Co-op is a partnership between Provision International and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) to support local, artisanal cheese producers in our region and make their products more easily available to co-op shoppers.  The NFCA is a network of more than 40 food co-ops in our region — including yours — that are working together to advance their vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and a vibrant community of co-operative enterprise.  For more information, please visit