The Stories

Black Oaks Sheep Dairy

This is Kerry in the milking parlor our 1st season in 2010

Bleating Heart Cheese LLC is a separate entity from Black Oaks Sheep Dairy LLC; the common denominator is that Seana was a founder in both companies. In Spring of 2010, Seana partnered with experienced sheep ranchers, Rex & Kerry Williams, owners of Williams Ranches who produce the most delicious grass-fed lamb we've ever tasted.

Corsica 2011

2011 trip to Corsica

Our big trip in the Spring of 2011 was spending two weeks on the amazing and beautiful island of Corsica, where most of the cheese is made from sheep milk, along with some goat too (no cows there). We were just blown away by the dedication to local products in every shop and store we visited, even supermarkets, which all had completely dedicated sections for Corsican cheeses.

The Starter Flock

Whoopi ('07) - R.I.P. dear Whoopi

In December 2009 Seana took a big and risky leap of faith and purchased a starter flock without really knowing where or how she'd get a licensed dairy going. The ewes came from Swedish Mission Farm, a sheep dairy in Wisconsin and member farm of the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative.

The Story of the Logo

Bleating Heart® logo

In keeping with the hand crafted and whimsical nature of Bleating Heart cheese, we opted for a font that looks handwritten. We wanted to get as far away from elegant and fancy (aka: pretentious) as possible! The heart is obvious - the name is Bleating Heart®. Our tagline of handcrafted with whimsy™ conveys the fun and whimsical spirit driving everything we do. Now as for the sheep that is in the logo, Seana met her in France in 2009.

Operation Sheep-O-Rama 2009

Map of Operation Sheep-O-Rama - Sebastopol, CA to River Falls, WI

Here is the story of my journey from the Bay Area of California all the way to River Falls, WI to pick up my sheep. Along for the ride was my sister Jennifer, who was equally lacking in experience with driving a big ass 4x4 truck or driving in snowy/icy road conditions, let alone with livestock on board. So here's the lowdown on the 1 truck, 2 girls, 5 days, 10 sheep, and 4,200 miles that were......Operation Sheep-O-Rama.   

Roquefort, France 2009

Seana with Roquefort street sign

Trip to the town of Roquefort in France, where they make the legendary and super delicious Roquefort blue cheese. The limestone caves were so awesome, and look at those gnarly aging shelves!

At the Spanish border, near El Formigal, Spain in the Basque Country 2009

Seana and Minan at the Spanish border

My longtime BFF Minan was always in tow on my hot pursuit of cheese, and this day trip to the Spanish border high up in the Pyrenees mountains was no exception. Bienvenidos a Espana!