Paul Trubey and his husband Mark moved to Connecticut from Massachusetts in 1994 when Mark got a job as a High School Latin teacher. Paul, a clinical social worker by profession, had always loved goats and and had an interest in farming. The two were planning to move to Vermont but the fates dictated otherwise. Mark’s Mentor teacher, Dorothy Joba happened to have a goat farm in South Glastonbury, CT. A friendship developed between the three and Paul started helping out at the farm and learning lots about goats. Eventually Paul started a licensed diary at the farm in 1998 producing cheese from the milk of twelve goats. Shortly thereafter, the Fresh Chevre won first place national award at the American Cheese Society competition.
In 2002, Mark and Paul bought their own farm on May 1st (Beltane Day) and the dairy was moved to its present location in Lebanon, Connecticut. Paul continued working in the field of hospice at Masonicare as Director of Counseling Services until 2007 when he left his position to work full time at the farm. Today with a herd of 100 goats, Beltane Farm produces a wide variety of goat milk cheeses which are widely available throughout southern New England.
One of the most important parts of the operation at Beltane Farm is the health and quality of life of the goats. The goats are raised on local hay and forage. Each goat is named and each has her own particular personality. The cheese, milk and yogurt are hormone free and contain no antibiotics. Come meet the goats during our Cheese tastings which are held every Sunday in April and May and then every Sunday in October through Christmas from 11:00 to 3:00. The public is invited to visit the goats, sample an array of cheeses, tour the farm, relax and bring a picnic.
Private group tours and tastings also available.