Goats and beer 1The Northern Forest Center awarded a grant to Turning Page Farm in Monson, Maine, this spring to help the small-batch goat dairy and brewery develop as an agritourism destination. The $13,500-grant will help owners Joy and Tim Bueschen expand visitor amenities at the farm, extend their operating season, add new products and expand their production capacity.

The Center awarded the grant through its Tourism Innovation Program to strengthen Turning Page Farm’s appeal as an agritourism destination for visitors and residents, and to help the farm contribute to community revitalization efforts in Monson, Maine, and the broader Moosehead Lake area.

The Bueschens are creating a year-round seating area — screened for summer enjoyment and with passive heating in the winter, installing a new brewing system to increase their beer productivity more than 10 times, and establishing a food truck operation to expand customer offerings and increase sales. One of their first new offerings will be bratwurst produced from pigs they’re raising on their property.

Goats and beer 2“Our ‘earth battery’ green house building is underway and we hope to have it completed in the next month,” said Joy Bueschen.  “The greenhouse will allow us to extend our season for the tasting room.  Imagine, February with outside temps nearing zero degrees and inside our sunny greenhouse you can sip beer in 90 degree and short sleeves!”

The farm’s current list of offerings includes goat milk products including Chevre and Feta cheese, multiple soap varieties, hand-crafted Red Ale and American Pale Ale, and activities such as beer tastings, Goat School, classes in making goat milk soap or cheese, and the opportunity to watch goats and pigs forage and play on the farm.

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