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MALONE - LaClare Farms, a premiere producer of dairy goat products in the country and the world, has announced a significant expansion of its processing facility as well as the addition of a highly honored industry expert to its staff .

The expansion and renovation of LaClare’s facilities at W2994 County Hwy. HH in Malone, offers a tremendous opportunity for us to grow, said Larry Hedrich, co-founder, owner and operator of LaClare Farms, along with his wife, Clara.

“We are now able to expand our cave-aged Chandoka-aging program as we move it to where the LaClare goat farm, a restaurant and a retail shop is located," Hedrich said.

Chandoka cheese is one of LaClare’s most popular treats. It is a part cow/part goat milk, mild fruity cheese with rich cheddary notes. The cow milk develops the fruity characteristics, as the goat milk develops sweet tangy notes creating Chandoka, developing a wonderful flavorful cheese.

To manage the new aging addition at LaClare, Hedrich announced that the family-operated farm has been able to hire renowned affineur David Rogers.

Hedrich praised Rogers as “part of the family,” pointing out that Rogers began working with the Hedrichs more than five years ago through Standard Market in Westmont, IL.

“David has played a major role in the success of our cave aged cheese and to now have the opportunity to have him on site as the goat-dairy-product market continues its rapid expansion allows us to keep up with the current market and also continue to be innovative,” Hedrich said.

Rogers said, “This is a great opportunity to work with the Hedrich Family in one of the most highly awarded and creative processors in the world. Cheesemaker Katie Hedrich Fuhrmann and I have a long history of success together and now we will be able to work side-by-side every day. It’s exciting to look to the future at LaClare.”

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