Teen entrepreneur turns brother’s allergy into sweet side business

Many teenagers have a pet dog or cat. Lanee Riddle has 52 goats.

Riddle, 17, helps her family raise and sell registered goats, and she started a side business making goat milk ice cream.

Seven years ago, Riddle Goat Farm consisted of two pygmy goats. After the family got its first milk goat, Lanee experimented with producing soap and soft cheese.

Last May, she decided to try selling ice cream made from pasteurized goat milk. The oldest of three siblings, Lanee started making the ice cream because her brother, Cody, has allergies.

Lanee charges $1 for a small serving and $2 for a medium serving.

She offers different flavors like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, but she said orange sherbert is her best seller. After customers taste the ice cream, their perception of goat milk changes, Riddle said.

“They are actually kind of surprised,” she said. “At first, everyone’s like, ‘Eww, goat milk — gross.’ Then they try the ice cream and say, ‘Actually, that’s not all that bad.'”

Although Riddle does not have a certified kitchen, her ice creams are popular at the Randolph County Fair. She said the community spreads the word about her product and she makes more ice cream based on the demand for it.

“Our community is very supportive,” she said. “Everyone tells everyone, and then everyone buys from me.”

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