Texas Spotlight: Blue Heron Farm – From Spoiled Goats to Exceptional Fresh Cheese
At La Table, cheese and veggie lovers alike opt for the Roasted Beets Salad: a customer favorite made up of colorful mix of earthy roasted red, yellow, and candy cane beets, tangy chunks of herbaceous goat cheese, creamy goats milk yogurt and blood orange infused extra virgin olive oil.
The goat cheese isn’t a product of France, which one might expect from the aptly named La Table, the multi-concept French dining destination that emerged on the Houston dining scene in early 2016. Instead, the cheese is sourced from Blue Heron Farm: a small scale, humane and thoughtful goat diary farm located in Texas.
Blue Heron Farm is owned and operated by Christian and Lisa Seger, self-proclaimed city kids turned farmers whose running joke between them of opening a goat farm became reality nearly 10 years ago. Since then, the Segers boast a ten and a half acre farm in Field Store, Texas, that treats the land, animals and the people involved with dignity and respect, and not to mention offer a roster of products on the shelves of Texas’ most trusted marketplaces and restaurants.
What sets Blue Heron Farm apart is truly the taste – thanks to their herd of Nubian goats. Not only known for their quirky personalities, Nubians are known above all for their exceptional milk. The Seger’s beloved and pampered herd of Nubian goats are pastured and get to enjoy grass that is never treated with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.
“Our cheese is quite different from most "store bought" varieties both in its mild flavor and dense, creamy texture. Our small batch processing allows us to pay more attention to the little factors that affect cheese flavor and texture and we think it shows. Same with our yogurt. We also like to think that having pastured, happy animals makes a difference in product quality.” Said Lisa Seger, Co-Owner of Blue Heron Farm.
From classic and versatile Chevre, herbaceous Green Goddess – a light herb and garlic variety with dill and green onion (used in the Roasted Beets Salad at La Table), a zesty Spicy Mediterranean that incorporates tomato, basil, garlic, red pepper and herbs to a savory sweet Breakfast Spread, studded with dried apricots, crystallized ginger and a hint of brown sugar, Blue Heron Farm offers a distinct and unique variety of cheeses for all occasions and tastes.
And for those with a sweet tooth, Blue Heron Farm doesn't stop at cheese: the farm also offers Cajita, a goat’s milk caramel in both regular and bourbon flavors, also available for sale at Macarons!