ARTISAN SHEEP CHEESE
Carroll County Department of Economic Development’s 2011
Agribusiness Award Winner!
About Sheep Cheese
Did Ewe Know
Welcome to Maryland's very first sheep-milking dairy farm! Sheep have been raised for milk for thousands of years and were
milked before cows. The world's commercial dairy sheep industry is
concentrated in Europe and the countries on or near the
The dairy sheep industry is in its infancy in the United
States. There are approximately 100 dairy sheep farms in the U.S.
They are found mostly in New England, the Upper Midwest, New York,
California - and now in the mid Atlantic.
Shepherds Manor Creamery produces
artisan sheep cheese and other products. Located in the beautiful countryside of Carroll County, Maryland,
we are less than an hour from the Baltimore/Washington DC metro
area. We are also very close to the vineyards and wineries of
Carroll and Frederick counties.
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Carroll County Times Article
New Windsor farmers start first
sheep dairy in Maryland, make artisan cheese.
Tucked on the outskirts of New Windsor, Shepherds Manor
Creamery is the first sheep dairy in Maryland, making
artisan cheeses and delicate soaps from their sheep’s milk,
which they sell at special events such as The Maryland Wine
Festival in Westminster Sept. 15 and 16.
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Colleen and Michael Histon grew up in
the suburbs of Silver Spring, Maryland and moved to Mount Airy
21 years ago. Colleen is a financial administrator for a
construction company. She has a small commercial embroidery
business, dabbles in catering, and as a hobby entertains
friends with wine pairing course dinner parties. Michael works
with an engineering firm.
They raised two children Anne Marie and
Matthew, who spent several years in the Carroll County 4-H
program. They raised market lambs, breeding sheep, market
steers, and market pigs to show at the county fairs. In 2006
research began to find a sustainable agricultural business
that would satisfy their joy of animal husbandry as well as
Colleen's interest in food.
They traveled to several sheep dairy
farms and decided to embark on raising dairy sheep and
producing farmstead sheep's milk cheese. Lambs were purchased
in Virginia and Wisconsin. They found a suitable farm to
purchase in New Windsor and sold the Mount Airy house. With
much help from friends, family, and neighbors, they moved in
to the farm in January 2010.
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