Healthy Living Loves Local: Old Chatham Sheepherding Company

Sheep at Old Chatham Sheepherding Company
Sheep at Old Chatham Sheepherding Company

In 1993, Tom and Nancy Clark purchased 600 acres on Shaker Museum Road in Old Chatham, New York, in Columbia County, between the Hudson River and the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.

Tom Clark had wanted to raise a flock of sheep since he won a blue ribbon for his Hampshire Sheep at the Dutchess County Fair when he was ten years old.

Since 1993 his herd has grown from the original 150 ewes that were used for breeding to a few East Friesian  rams to more than 1000 East Friesian purebred and crossbred ewes making Old Chatham Sheepherding Company the largest sheep dairy farm in the United States.

We proudly offer Old Chatham Sheepherding Company cheese in our Saratoga Springs store.

Ask for a taste of these local treasures when you visit our cheese department:

Nancy’s Camembert. The rich and creamy paste of this Camembert pairs wonderfully with thinly sliced pears and your favorite sparkling wine.

Ewe’s Blue. Crafted from pasteurized sheep’s milk this wonderful local blue is similar to the French Roquefort but is noticeably less salty.

Shaker Blue. If you love the flavor of sheep’s milk you’ll want to savor this local blue version made from unpasteurized sheep’s milk.

And when you’re driving along Shaker Museum Road be sure to wave at the guy on the big red tractor.  It is probably Tom.