Laini Fondiller describes the scene in her Westfield barn as “organized mayhem.” An excited goat chorus reverberates through her barn as the 30 or so Alpine and Saanen dairy goats – her “ladies” as she calls them – assemble for the morning milking.
Fondiller has been winning fans for her specialty cheeses since the late 1980s. The creamy, tangy delights she makes at her Lazy Lady Farm have gotten rave reviews in the New York Times and elsewhere. A good part of her business was sales to restaurants in the city. Not now.
“You call your distributors, and their hair’s on fire,” she said. “And, ‘No, not this week.’”
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