Our dairy farm is located in the beautiful foothills of WNC in Columbus, NC in a region called the Isothermal Belt which makes for a long growing season and slightly warmer temps than the mountains but not as hot as the Piedmont area of NC. The farm was bought from Doug & Al Harmon and was started by their father as a dairy farm in 1947. The Harmons made the choice to transition the land from farmer to cheesemaker in 2017 to preserve it and keep it a small working dairy. To hear more about this unusual story, check out this great radio piece on The Future of Harmon Dairy.
The farm is under an agricultural conservation easement and can never be subdivided. The farm is 226 acres with 144 acres in the most beautiful grass pastures you have ever seen. Our herd is comprised of Holsteins, Jerseys and the favorite Holstein/Jersey cross as well as a few Norwegian Red/Holstein crosses. We are working on a more intensive grazing program and looking forward to moving towards more seasonal cheesemaking and dairying as well.
When you buy Looking Glass Creamery cheese know that your purchase supports not only a small dairy farm with a long history but also an independent family business with a handful of dedicated and hard working employees. It also keeps farmland open and in active use in rapidly developing Western North Carolina.
We want to share this beautiful corner of the world with our customers and community and look forward to the day in the not so distant future when you can come visit us on the farm too, meet the cows, see what we do and how we do it. Until then, be sure to stop in at our original location just outside of Asheville. Thanks for your interest and support.