visiting the farm

Sharing What We Love -- Group Tours, Classes, Open House Events, Private Tastings



Our farm is only open to the public on open house dates and for classes or limited scheduled group tours.

We are a family-based, family-run business without extra staffing so times for visitors are limited. Contact us to reserve one of our limited group tours/classes/tastings or visit during our July open house.

Please keep in mind, weekends are workdays for us (Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis and St. Paul Farmers Market, in addition to other events). We are happy to fit in tours whenever possible but dates are limited – spots fill quickly!

Group Tours   

School groups, senior groups and others enjoy a guided 1 ½ hour tour of the farm, including the milking parlor and artisan cheesemaking facilities. Tours are tailored to the ages and interests of the group and finish with an educational cheese sampling. This tour is ideal for groups up to 30. Please call or email for pricing details. Available tour dates fill quickly! 

Private Tastings

Bring your small group to Shepherd’s Way Farms for a private tour of our artisan cheesemaking facilities, dairy sheep milking parlor housed in our classic 1940s barn. Enjoy a leisurely guided tasting with our cheesemaker, learning the inside story about our award-winning cheeses. Limited dates/times available so plan now!  $350 - up to 10 people (must reserve as a group). Email or call to book!


Several times a year (usually winter & early spring), Jodi hosts an Inside Look at Artisan Cheesemaking class. This afternoon-long class covers some cheese making basics and techniques and the day wraps up with a guided cheese tasting. Spend time in the cheesemake rooms, learning about setting cheese with rennet, cutting curd, and about home and farmstead cheesemaking equipment. Includes a demonstration make of ricotta cheese! (Adults only, please)   Book online through our store!

Finding the Farm

Our address is 8626 160th Street East, Nerstrand, Minnesota 55053

We are located approximately 7 miles southeast of Northfield, Minnesota, about an hour south of Minneapolis. Our farm is across from the northwest corner of  Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.

Detailed directions will be provided when tours/classes are booked.