Make your own goat cheese- enjoy farm life on an eco farm with your family
Are you interested in learning more about farm life? Do you want to find out how good food is produced the traditional way? Spend a day on the Tivsjö goat farm in Västernorrland.
You will have a unique opportunity get acquainted with eco-farming and get an insight into ancient know-how regarding the production of goat cheese from fresh and unpasteurized goat milk.
You start the day with a visit to animals. The children will join to herd the goats through the woods down to the water where Anja will serve some Swedish Fika.
The farm has five goats that live and graze freely. Anja milks them every morning. The rest of the time is spent with the goats and kids.
As a guest, you will join in the morning milking and the children will help to feed the animals. Each goat can only provide about 1.2-2 litres of milk per day. Every drop is important to produce the exclusive fresh goat cheese.
Learn how to produce goat cheese on your family holiday
Cheese making is an ancient way to use the milk and to be able to store it for a long time. Inside the farm's dairy premises, you will learn more about the cheese-making process. You have to be patient. You move the vessel slowly and see how the milk coagulates.
Cheese making is a craft. Years ago, cheese making was surrounded by narratives, traditional practices and a sense of mystique. It was important to think carefully about the raw materials, weather conditions as well as the moon's position. Another aspect back then was the health of the cheese maker. Today, the process is of course much more straightforward.
At the end of the day you will take home with you the cheese you make.
One day in the countryside for your family
You have prepared the cheese and it is now time to have a snack, drinks, coffee and sandwiches (with home baked bread).
The host family will show you and your family what life on a farm is like. There is also time to explore the beautiful surroundings.
On a warm day you could go down to Tivsjön and swim. It is a hike of about 300 m through the woods.
Booking and contact details
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Do you need more reasons to visit Tivsjö Goat farm?
Learn to produce goat cheese, a traditional craft.
Spending time with the animals is an all-time favourite for the children.
Discover and live life on a farm in Västernorrland, in the north of Sweden
Get to know eco-farming and living off the land
Parking overnight on the farm
Row a boat, fish or swim in lake Tivsjön
Useful to know about a day making goat cheese with Anja
Time: 8 hrs
Participants: 4 people, if there are more people you will have to take turns in the dairy.
Price: 2500 SEK for a family of 4 people, extra person 450 SEK. Includes
One day on a goat farm
You learn to milk goats and make goat cheese.
You take your goat cheeses home, nicely packed in a jar.
Snacks, drinks, coffee, pastries, sandwiches on homemade bread
Preparation by guest: Suitable clothing and shoes (clean clothes for the dairy). Coats and hats are available to borrow to work in the dairy.
The hostess Anja is a very kind lady, she took us around the farm where we met a lot of different animals and we drank coffee in her cozy garden. This visit impressed me and my Chinese friends a lot.
Fiona Fang, Suzhou, China
Find your way with your motorhome and more about the farm
TIVSJÖ is located in Västernorrland, right on the border of Jämtland, about 90 km from Ånge. The closest larger town is Torpshammar.
Anja and Lars have run the farm since 1983. The farm offers visitors a unique opportunity to get to know eco farming. All cultivation and animal husbandry is natural, without pesticides or fertilizers.
Many animals roam freely on the farm. There are calves, goats, sheep, peacocks, chickens, geese, dogs and cats that you can meet and with which you caninteract.
The family try to live off the farm and their goal is to become self-sufficient.
You can park your motor home overnight, there are power outlets and a shower and WC in the service house. You also have access to a dishwasher, stove and refrigerator. You can rent a sauna on the lake and borrow fishing equipment.
On the farm they speak Swedish, Finnish, and they can also guide you in English and some German.