Baetje Farms has been one of Ste. Genevieve County’s best-kept secrets in recent years: an internationally acclaimed artisan cheese producer tucked away behind a tree-lined creek off Jackson School Road west of Bloomsdale.

That’s about to change.

While Baetje Farms still wants to be known for high-quality cheese made from the milk of its goats, the new owner, TAG Development, is branching out.

One year after closing on the purchase of Baetje Farms, TAG ownership group members Cara Naeger, R.J. Clements, Shanna Starnes and Eric Clements hosted a ribbon-cutting last Thursday for a special-events facility that can host weddings, corporate parties, anniversaries, and more.

“We actually always had the vision for it,” Naeger said. “Before we even bought the farm, we knew we wanted to create a space for the community to come out and enjoy. A lot of people in town don’t even know we exist, and we make world-renowned cheese, which is really crazy.

“We feel like this is an opportunity for them to come experience the farm.”

The Artisan at Baetje Farms is a unique venue blending a rustic barn setting with modern touches. It was built near where the old farmhouse stood on the property, and a hand-dug well has been preserved as part of a covered patio.

She said R.J. Clements and Eric Clements used their construction talents to turn their vision into reality.

“We incorporated a lot of French flair into our design,” she said, adding that French antiques were secured to help furnish it.

See complete story in the October 16 edition of the Herald.