Below is an excerpt from an article by Amanda Angel.
Somewhere in the lush hills tucked between Pikeville, Crossville, and Spencer, lies a special little, unassuming farm, that you might drive right by without even knowing it. It’s what comes out of this small dairy farm that is truly distinctive. “The combination of this grass, this spot in Tennessee, this air, these special goats, our management, and my recipes are what gives our goat cheeses their own special flavor,” explains Kim Banks, mother and visionary of Kira’s Kids Dairy Farm.
Kim and Larry Banks eased into the goat cheese business by a series of gradual steps taken over the past 14 years. “I liked the idea of goats’ milk, cheese, and soap, so I got two goats, Kira and Natasha,” says Kim on getting started with her first goats for personal use. Over the years, Kira, the nanny for whom the farm is named, mothered 30 kids. “All of our milking goats are descendants of Kira, and there is one living daughter, Krystal, who is still with us. She was a good goat, and a great milker, so that is part of what makes our dairy special,” reveals Larry as he and Kim always speak fondly of Kira. Kira is buried on the farm in homage to her legacy and contribution to the farm.
Larry and Kim bring together a unique set of qualities and expertise which has aided in their success. With Larry’s engineering experience, his forte is put to use by designing…