This post is part of #the100dayproject that encourages creatives to do an action every day for 100 days. I've chosen to write an article or blog post every day. Previous posts for this project can be found here.
Malinda Beeman never thought she would start a goat farm when she moved to Marfa in 1999, but the artist started Marfa Maid dairy with her partner Allan McClane in 2010.
Beeman moved here after living in Houston and California. Marfa is where she met Allan and started Marfa Studio of Arts which provides free art programs and activities to local students.
During those first years in Far West Texas though, Marfa's food services were pretty scarce, even more so than today. This was pre-Porters, pre-Pueblo and pre-The Get Go. Living far away from any sort of convenience motivated her to start growing her own vegetables (which incidentally started the local farmer's market). After she was given two goats for her property, she taught herself how to make cheese from goat milk and let people sample it. Once the cheese popularity spread around town (no pun intended), Malinda realized she needed to start a business so she could sell it. Thus, Marfa Maid was born.
The various types of cheeses can be purchased at The Get Go (my personal favorites are the brie and the green chiles soft chevre). It can also be purchased Saturday mornings at Marfa Farmstand at Saint George Hall.
And for a more inside look, there are Saturday afternoon tours where people will meet the goats – both mamas and babies – and see where the cheese is made. There are occasionally cheesemaking classes. All are available to schedule online at marfamaid.com.
Even though this operation came as a completely surprise to Malinda, one thing is certain. She certainly enjoys it.