Nestled in the hills of Franklin, Noble Springs Dairy is an award-winning goat milk and artisanal goat cheese farm. The products they produce on the farm include milk, cheese, yogurt and can be purchased weekly at the farm, or at retailers like the Franklin Farmers Market.
Every drop of milk from the goats is derived from what they eat on the farm. The cheeses have distinct and outstanding flavor due to the unlimited grazing and extra special love the goats receive. With almost 150 goats on the farm, these lucky animals are each named, have a personality and a place in the Noble family’s hearts.
Dustin Noble was 10 years old when he received his first goat, however his parents Alex and Sandy had goats in their Brentwood yard from the late 80’s when both their boys were allergic to cow’s milk.
If the Noble name sounds familiar, Dustin’s parents owned Noble Restaurant and Travelers Rest Motel until the late 90’s. They have also been pivotal within the city serving and supporting in many roles.
The sprawling farm includes several valleys and natural springs. The land is owned by Calvin and Marilyn Lehew, long-time friends of the Noble family.
The farm is protected by a conservation easement through The Land Trust for Tennessee, which means it will always be farmland.
Dustin married the perfect girl for him as wife Justyne also grew up with goats and participated in 4-H.
Together they started Noble Springs Dairy in 2009.
Their two children. daughter Brynlee and son Bryant get to embrace farm life to the fullest. On Instagram Brynlee is often featured with various goats, feeding the babies and you can see by her smile the joy the animals give her.
Justyne has written a children’s book, “Billy Gets His Beard.” The book characters are Gus and Glory, the feel good goats, spreading good feelings. There are two other books in the works, and she enjoys sharing her stories with her children.
Her creativity has also allowed Justyne to create the farm logo and create branded shirts featuring her artwork. With her own children in mind, it was the catalyst to begin writing the stories.
“I guess I’ve always loved and embraced creativity,” Justyne describes how she is always on the lookout for a way to be creative and add variety to her day.
Now others can read the book and wear a shirt to support the farm.
Other items for sale include goat milk soap and goat milk lotion.
The soap comes in packs of four with several choices of scents including lavender, honey clove, vanilla mint, charcoal, lavender & tea tree and cranberry citrus.
The goat milk lotion uses the natural vitamins and moisturizers in goat milk to leave you skin feeling silky smooth. The products contain shea butter, almond oil and coconut oil to nourish the skin. Available in lavender or citrus cranberry.
Like many other businesses’ times have been challenging during the pandemic. The Nobles have had to become creative in order to keep the farm thriving.
Many local restaurants that used to serve their goat cheese were now closed and even with reopening, the demand was not what it had been a few short months ago.
“We started producing new products like our cheddar cheese and the cheese board available at the farm to use the milk and give people options,” Dustin explained.
With the use of social media Justyne promoted online ordering option that hubby Dustin say’s “Has been very successful for us.”
Choices for ordering online include three or five cheese options that include chevre, feta or goat cheese curds. You can add a wedge of the creamy cheddar to your order. The cheese and meats board must be ordered by 5 p.m. on Friday.
Every Saturday this summer guests can visit the farm for a tour and interact with the goats. From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. the community is invited to spend time on the farm. Cheeses can be pre-ordered or purchased that day. After the tour, guests are invited to bring a blanket and picnic to take in the full beauty of the farm.
“Normally we would offer our goat cuddling however we have had to create a hybrid experience with guests getting to interact with the goats in a different way to avoid small confined spaces,” shared Dustin.
To learn more about scheduling a tour, visit www.noble-springs.com The farm is located at 3144 Blazer Rd. in Franklin.