medal winners in national competitions for their cheeses, fudge and
milk, Split Creek constantly strives to
provide superior goat milk products.
Evin J. Evans
& Patricia Bell
Anderson, SC 29625
Visitors are welcome to stop by the farm shops daily: Mon -
Sat (9 am - 6 pm)
Sun (2 pm - 5 pm). Educational tours of the farm are available by
Call 864-287-3921 to schedule a tour.
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~Providing fresh goat milk products for 3
||Split Creek is a Gold
Medal Winner at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest,
Creek Farm is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains' scenic foothills of
South Carolina. The Grade A Dairy is in a barn designed and built by the
owners to include the milking and cheese operations and a kid nursery. A
retail gift shop featuring goat milk products and folk art is open to
the public. We invite you to use the links at the upper right corner of
this page to shop for our award winning farmstead goat cheeses, goat
milk fudge, goat milk yogurt, gift baskets and folk art.
Split Creek Farm History
Split Creek Farm became a commercial Grade A goat dairy in 1985. A
small-scale cheese operation started in 1988 in response to a growing
demand for domestic goat cheeses and as a means to utilize seasonal
excesses of milk. Production progressed from the original four-gallon
vat batches to the current 150-gallon vat operation, which began in
August of 1990.
The Goat Herd
Split Creek Farm's certified goat herd produces all the milk used
for its cheese and fudge. Every animal in the herd receives individual
attention daily. The extra care they receive shows in the milk quality.
The dairy goat herd, which is mostly Nubian, competes nationally in the
show ring and for milk production records. Herd health and the ultimate
quality of the dairy products are the primary concern of the owners.
Some of our Cheeses and Fudge,
from our Split Creek Grade A Goat Milk
Split Creek's goal includes being
self-sufficient, so progress has been gradual. The farm started
with three goats and a piece of land. The herd peaked at 750 goats, and
fences, pastures and barns were built over the years. The goats and the
cheeses are recognized nationally and have won numerous awards.
the farm population averages about 350, with half of those being
milked twice a day. The goats are full partners in the operation and
every effort is made for them to be able to perform up to their genetic
potential. The milkers are managed to encourage long lactations with
most does milking at least three years. Hormones are never used to get
the does bred or to produce more milk. Herbicides and pesticides are not
used on the pastures in keeping with the commitment to produce an all
milk makes good products, and the farm's artisan cheeses are made
by hand with purity and freshness the goal.
Farm Shops are open Monday - Saturday, 9:00am - 6:00pm and Sundays,
2.00pm - 5:00pm, to sell the milk, cheese, fudge and yogurt produced by the
farm. Goat meat in a variety of cuts may be purchased in the shop. Along
with Split Creek’s own products, the farm shop sells many other items produced in South Carolina: eggs, honey, grits, corn meal,& rice to name a
few. The unique folk art of Pat Bell is also available in the Hen House.
Combining traditional techniques with her own creative style, she transforms
worn items into art collectibles.
are welcome at the farm. The farm staff knows that survival of
small farms is dependant on educating the public about rural life and
the origin of their foods. Since this is a working farm and a great deal
of time is spent daily with milking, feeding, and processing cheese,
visitors to the shop are encouraged to schedule a tour for a better look
at the farm and how it is operated.
The Folks at
Evin Evans & Pat Bell
Owners of Split Creek Farm, LLC
J. Evans is utilizing her background in animal science and human
nutrition in her present positions as farm manager and cheese-maker. As
a licensed judge, she also travels to judge goat shows and does speaking
Bell, Folk Artist, has been painting for over 35
years and is an active member of the Society of Decorative Painters. She teaches
art locally and gives seminars nationally.
(Photo courtesy of Perry Baker)
Jan. 31, 2002:
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Farm, LLC, Evin J. Evans & Patricia Bell.
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