Dave Artigues,Rougemont, NC
Local producer of fresh goat cheese!
Things are happening out at Elodie Farms in Rougemont! Owner Dave Artigues has hired Graham Killion as a farm manager to help him realize a long time goal - making Elodie Farms a one-stop shop for local foods. Dave and Graham are adding veggies, chickens, eggs and rabbit to their already famous goat cheese. They hope to launch a CSA program sometime next year. The bounty of the farm is evident at the monthly porch dinners, where the area’s most creative chefs take turns cooking fabulous meals. Dave says that at these events, most if not all the food is raised within 150 feet of the dinner table, bringing a new meaning to the phrase “Eat Local”.
The farm suffered a setback this spring, when a donkey came into contact with a wild animal and contracted rabies. The other animals on the farm were quarantined until health officials determined they were not affected, but Dave says once the quarantine was lifted, sales bounced back. He thanks Weaver Street Market for supporting Elodie Farms during a tough time, noting, “it’s nice to have a local market that sticks by the farmers.” Since then, demand for fresh chevre has been so great he hasn’t had much milk left over to make hard cheeses like cheddar and Parmesan.
Summer on the farm is Dave’s favorite season. “You wake up with a million things to do and you love doing every one of them. Hanging out with goats and making cheese is like a dream come true.” Dave has made a name for himself following his dreams, and now Elodie Farms cheese is on the menu at more than a dozen of the Triangle’s finest restaurants. You too can savor the flavor of Elodie Farms fine local goat cheese at Weaver Street Market. Spread on toast, crumbled in a salad, or served alongside your favorite seasonal fruits, there’s no wrong way to love this cheese!