In 1985, Bruce and Sharon Vandenberg purchased Lenberg Farms, a 100-acre farmstead located near Lindsay, Ontario. Wanting to start a farm-based business that Sharon could operate while raising a family, the Vandenbergs conducted some market research into the viability of running a goat cheese plant on the farmstead. What they found was an opportunity, despite never having milked a goat or tasting goat cheese.
The Vandenbergs named their dairy “Mariposa Dairy," following the traditional and common practice in Ontario
of naming dairies after the township within which they were located. Mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly.
From the time the first kid goats were purchased in 1987 and the first cheese was produced in the fall of 1989, the Vandenbergs continued to expand their business and increase their herd. In 2007, Mariposa Dairy was re-located from the Lenberg Farms property to a facility in Lindsay, ON.
In 2015, after immigrating to Canada, the Bons family managed the goat herd at Lenberg Farms until purchasing the herd and moving to their own goat barn and milking facility in 2017, leaving the Lenberg Farm facilities vacant. As part of the Vandenberg legacy, Bruce and Sharon's daughter Ellen and her husband Dave Edney now own and run the Mariposa Woolen Mill, bringing a resurgence of life to Lenberg Farms.
Explore the Lenberg Farms homestead and the newly established Mariposa Woolen Mill through our self-guided educational farm tour. We invite you to learn more about the milling process, watch our workers, and explore the long family history of the farm.
*Please note that Mill Tours (unless by appointment) have completed for the year and will re-open again in the spring.Hours & Location
Bringing new life to the old dairy shop, the Mariposa Woolen Mill Shoppe features wool and woolen products milled from our flock and processed right here on the farm. To pay hommage to the family's origins on the farm, we are proud to also offer our Mariposa Dairy goat and sheep cheeses to taste and purchase.Hours & Location Shop Online
Our livestock consists of six heritage flocks of sheep and one herd of Angora Goats, all registered on the Heritage Livestock Canada Conservation List, a list of endangered heritage breeds. Heritage breed livestock is a breed that was developed and used on farms, ranches and homesteads before the advent of modern industrial agriculture. We have a passion to conserve these trusted breeds which all produce a range of unique fibre. The flocks of sheep on the farm include; Icelandic, Black Welsh Mountain, Lincoln Longwool, Shropshire, Rambouillet and Jacob Sheep. We also have Angora Goats which produce the luxurious fibre ‘mohair’.Hours & Location
At Mariposa Woolen Mill, we love to see your wool creations from the whole family! To participate in our colouring contest, have your parents help you print off the colouring sheet, colour it, and bring it by the Shoppe to be entered into a contest.
|Thursday||10 AM - 6 PM|
|Friday||10 AM - 6 PM|
|Saturday||10 AM - 6 PM|
|Sunday||10 AM - 6 PM|
1275 Highway #7, Oakwood ON | K0M 2M0