Judy Schad, Founder
Judy is mother-grandmother-teacher-cheesemaker, and owner/founder of Capriole Farm. Growing up in the summers on her grandparent’s southern Indiana farm, she learned the joy of fresh, wonderful food, simply and lovingly prepared. With husband Larry and their 3 children, she moved in 1976 to their family farm in the hills above the Ohio River. A few years later, after being gifted with their first goat, the family had more milk than they could drink. “Cheese,” says Judy, “was the result of plenty, like canning tomatoes or making jam and pickles". Along with her friends Mary Keehn of Cypress Grove, Paula Lambert of Mozzarella Co., and Allison Hooper of Vermont Creamery, she was one of a group of women who helped each other create a community of American artisan cheese.
During her early farm years, she continued to work on a PhD in Renaissance Literature at University of Louisville, where she was both the fiction and general editor of the Louisville Review. Until 2012 she managed a herd of 500 goats, but now focuses on cheese and buys Capriole’s goat milk from the Indiana farmers who bought her animals. Over the years, she's been both a speaker and cheese judge at several national and international events in Italy and France; served as board member, conference chair, and vice-president of the American Cheese Society; served on the board of the American Dairy Goat Association and the Chicago Green City Market ; a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and Slow Food USA; and a recipient of Women Chefs and Restauranteurs 'Outstanding in Her Field Award'. In 2015 she was made 'Maitre du Fromage', one of the highest honors accorded to a cheesemaker by the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers.