An old fashioned creamery welcomes you and your family to a unique farm experience in New Jersey… 120 beautiful acres in Long Valley, Morris County, NJ, within an hour of New York City !
We have combined years of artisan cheesemaking expertise with modern equipment from around the world and age old European sheep farming practices to create Valley Shepherd Creamery. We take pride in being to educate and involve the visitor in daily life on a real working sheep dairy creating over twenty sheep and mixed-milk artisan cheeses, yogurt, butter.
What does the Fall Harvest Tour include?
The tour is divided into several stages and is scheduled to last about 1-1/2 hours. We begin at the Sheep Shoppe, and your guide takes you from there into the Viewing Gallery. Here, you’ll get a first hand look at sheep milking (actual milking takes place at 5pm) and Old World cheesemaking! We want you to see the Creamery’s state-of-the-art barn with automated feeding belts — watch as sheep are milked on the only rotating ‘parlor’ in the United States. We will taste and discuss a few of valley Shepherd’s cave aged cheeses and then…
Then, board a Hay Wagon for a leisurely ride through our pastures to the Cheese Aging Cave, reminiscent of the Old World aging caves found throughout Italy and France. Tour the caves and let us show you how our cheeses are aged to perfection, a process that makes them so tasty.
Return to the Creamery aboard the Hay Wagon, enjoying a panoramic fall foliage show that only nature can provide. We can safely promise that the colorful leaves in Long Valley will make you ‘ooh and aah’ with delight.
Finish your tour in the Sheep Shoppe, where you will certainly want to nibble cheeses made right here at award-winning Valley Shepherd Creamery. Browse the Shoppe at your leisure, enjoying a charming and heartwarming collection of sheep products and gifts. You are welcome to bring a picnic setup and even wine to enjoy on our farm porch. At times, the cheesemaker may need to certify that your wine is indeed correct for the cheese consumed…
When are the tours?
Fall Harvest Tours are only offered from early september thru mid November . Tour times are 1pm and 4pm on Saturdays & Sundays only. Reservations necessary only for groups over 20. Show up about 1/2 to 1 hour early, especially on great fall days.
How Much does it cost?
Only $8.75 per person (over 12). All kids (2-12 years) are $6.75, and under 2 years are free. Shepherds over 100 are free!