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Argyle Cheese Farmer New York

Argyle Cheese Farmer New York - 50 States of Cheese One step ahead. In a tough industry like the dairy business, you need to keep your finger on the pulse and your eyes wide open. In just seven years the Argyle Cheese Farmer has converted from a dai...
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Old Windmill Dairy - New Mexico

Old Windmill Dairy - New Mexico 50 States of Cheese - Artisan Cheese Craft Series  Anybody setting up a cheese business has to be resilient.  Setting up in New Mexico- a desert state with almost no artisan cheese industry- requires an ability to...
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Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse - New Jersey

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse - New Jersey He is the most interesting man in the world… “I don’t always eat cheese…but when I do, I prefer Bobolink.” People like Jonathan White are the reason artisan cheese made it in America.  A passio...
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Tahoe Cheese Nevada

Tahoe Cheese Nevada - 50 States of Cheese Nevada. A beautiful, barren state with a history of famous ‘G’s. Guns. Gold. Gambling. And now Green. David Green. Together with his wife Dawn, David Green has finally put Nevada on the American ...
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Flathead Lake Cheese Montana

50 States of Cheese -Flathead Lake Cheese Montana So…. You’re hanging out in the hot tub, under the desert sun.  Time to dream about going on a crazy adventure with your spouse, gambling on a new life to try something new.  How about a solar p...
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Mauthe’s Progress Milk Barn Mississippi

50 States of Cheese - Mauthe s Progress Milk Barn Mississippi Kenny and Jamie Mauthe had everything stacked against them.  Kenny, a third generation dairy farmer, must have thought he’d seen and heard it all, his family making a living managing a dairy herd in the Deep South for many decades.  Starting out with the family farm in Louisiana, they moved from New Orleans to the Northshore, before finally settling in Promise, Mississippi, keeping one step ahead of the urbanization emanating out from the ‘Big Easy’.    Around one hundred miles north of New Orleans, Kenny and Jamie set up their three hundred acre farm in the quiet town in Pike County, at a time dairy farming, and milk processing in particular, was going through a massive shakedown.  Only the giant Bordens now remain standing as a commercial processor in the area.  One key event took its toll on the smaller businesses and left the local dairy industry in ruins.  In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck. Mauthe
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Leelanau Cheese Company Michigan

Leelanau Cheese Company Michigan - Cheese Maker's Spotlight 50 States of Cheese Series When we think of Raclette two things spring to mind.  One is endless Alpine pastures, snow-covered chalets with healthy, happy Swiss families tending to their c...
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Firefly Farms Maryland – Cheese Making Spotlight

Firefly Farms Maryland Cheese Maker s Spotlight Maryland is famous for a few things.  Goats are NOT one of them.  However, one successful cheese making venture in the north west of the state is quickly changing all that.  FireFly Farms has become a popular destination for tourists and cheese fanatics visiting the Maryland Mountain region.  Barely twelve years old, the Firefly Farms goat cheeses have taken the mid-Atlantic by storm and picked up numerous awards.  Their first award, in fact, was a mistake! Partners Mike Koch and Pablo Solanet enjoyed making cheese at home and knew they were making decent cheese- so decided to enter a couple at the American Cheese Society.  Somehow the cheeses were put in the ‘professional’ category instead of ‘amateur’ and…. they won gold and silver!  Mike and Pablo knew they were on to something and teamed up with a goat farm next door.  With both properties possessing sizeable herds of Saanens, Alpines and Nubians, they built a small
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Creelman Farm Creamery Vinalhaven Maine

Creelman Farm Creamery Vinalhaven Maine   - 50 States of Cheese The beautiful Maine island of Vinalhaven is not the first place that springs to mind when the topic is cheese.  An hour and fifteen minute ferry ride from Rockland, this island of ba...
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Belle Ècorce Farms - Tres Belle Chevre - Louisiana

50 States Of Cheese -Belle Ècorce Farms - Tres Belle Chevre - Louisiana Wanda Barras loves animals and they love her.  Her small farmstead, Belle Ècorce Farms just outside St Martinville, is right in the heart of Cajun Country in South Louisiana,...
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Good Shepherd Cheese Kentucky - Cheese Maker's Spotlight

Good Shepherd Cheese Kentucky- 50 States of Cheese Cheese Maker's Spotlight Some things are just meant to be. Sanford and Colleen Dotson were working in other jobs with one eye on retirement, not knowing really what the other was thinking. Sanford ...
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Cheese Making Kits- Which Kit Is Right For You?

Cheese Making Kits- Which Kit Is Right For You? As new people enter the world of cheese making it can be difficult to know where to start.  Here are the typical questions I hear when beginners give us a call: “Which cheese should I start off m...
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Jason Wiebe Dairy Kansas - Cheese Maker's Spotlight

Jason Wiebe Dairy Kansas - Cheese Maker's Spotlight Jason Wiebe was, like so many in Kansas, a cattle farmer.  His father worked with cows before him, as did his father, way back to the 1920’s.  There were no cheese plants near Durham, Kansas, w...
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Old Windmill Dairy – New Mexico

Old Windmill Dairy New Mexico 50 States of Cheese Artisan Cheese Craft Series  Anybody setting up a cheese business has to be resilient.  Setting up in New Mexico- a desert state with almost no artisan cheese industry- requires an ability to be independent, creative and persistent.  The Old Windmill Dairy in McIntosh is slap bang in the middle of the state, a town where cheese making was not a top priority for fifteen hundred population .  That changed with the arrival of two artisan cheese adventurers, Michael and Ed Lobaugh, who left the big city to bring a new cheese making business to the heart of the ‘Land of the Enchantment’.  Both men brought different experiences to the new venture, escaping the urban, corporate life.  Michael worked in hotel management so understood the financial and operational side of running a business.  Ed, in contrast, was forging a professional career in nursing yet goats were in his blood.  “I spent my summers with my grandparents o
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Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse – New Jersey

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse New Jersey He is the most interesting man in the world… “I don’t always eat cheese…but when I do, I prefer Bobolink.” People like Jonathan White are the reason artisan cheese made it in America.  A passion for science, history and creativity, this ex-engineer has forged a thriving family business at their new home in Milford, New Jersey, just on the eastern side of the great Delaware River.  Working with his wife, Nina, their story is a fascinating journey that recounts a rich history working with jazz poets, pioneering French chefs, Amish collaborations and selling cheese back to the Dutch, who promptly asked them if they could also supply them wooden clogs.  Yes. He’s that good.  It makes those Dos Equis television commercials look like a night in watching paint dry. Jonathan also possesses that quality that seems so common in many artisan cheese makers that ‘made’ it during the recent growth of the industry- faith in their intuition.
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Boggy Meadow Farm New Hampshire Artisan Cheese Makers

Boggy Meadow Farm - New Hampshire - 50 States of Cheese Artisan Cheese Maker's Spotlight The English settlers that arrived during the birth of the nation found a farming paradise in New England. The town of Walpole in southern New Hampshire was prim...
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Branched Oak Farm Nebraska

Branched Oak Farm Nebraska  - 50 States of Cheese series The Bohemian Alps in eastern Nebraska have produced numerous legends down the ages.  Native American tribes made their living in the area before Czech and German settlers moved in to give t...
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Star Thrower Farm Minnesota

50 States of Cheese - Star Thrower Farm Minnesota The small farming community of Glencoe has a little history that shows cheese might just be in its blood.  While Minnesotans might not possess the same cheese making reputation as their Wisconsin n...
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Mauthe's Progress Milk Barn Mississippi

50 States of Cheese - Mauthe's Progress Milk Barn Mississippi Kenny and Jamie Mauthe had everything stacked against them.  Kenny, a third generation dairy farmer, must have thought he’d seen and heard it all, his family making a living managing ...
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Cricket Creek Farm Massachusetts

Cricket Creek Farm Massachusetts - 50 States of Cheese One quiet corner of Massachusetts has a growing cheese making venture for the twenty first century- Cricket Creek Farm.  Cricket Creek Farm is not your typical, sleepy New England farmstead wi...
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Firefly Farms Maryland - Cheese Making Spotlight

Firefly Farms Maryland - Cheese Maker's Spotlight Maryland is famous for a few things.  Goats are NOT one of them.  However, one successful cheese making venture in the north west of the state is quickly changing all that.  FireFly Farms has beco...
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Belle Ècorce Farms – Tres Belle Chevre – Louisiana

50 States Of Cheese -Belle Ècorce Farms Tres Belle Chevre Louisiana Wanda Barras loves animals and they love her.  Her small farmstead, Belle Ècorce Farms just outside St Martinville, is right in the heart of Cajun Country in South Louisiana, a place of warm summers and rolling pastures.  With a background working with exotic birds, Wanda’s farm is now home to her pet dogs, ponies, pigs and of course her happy and healthy herd of goats.  Like so many cheese makers, it was overflowing milk pails that saw Wanda take the opportunity to revitalize the French-Arcadian cheese making tradition.  With a French heritage dating back many centuries in the state, Très Belle Chèvre cheeses possess the terroir of the ten acre family plot that was passed down by Wanda’s grandfather, a direct descendant of French Acadians from Nova Scotia. Wanda of Belle Ècorce Farms makers of Tres Belle Chevre Cheese Wanda might be well into her cheese making career but she remembers how the business go
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Good Shepherd Cheese Kentucky – Cheese Maker’s Spotlight

Good Shepherd Cheese Kentucky- 50 States of Cheese Cheese Maker s Spotlight Some things are just meant to be. Sanford and Colleen Dotson were working in other jobs with one eye on retirement, not knowing really what the other was thinking. Sanford had grown up on a modest hillside farm in Kentucky with his dad bringing in a few bucks as a coal miner. “We grew up on blocks of cheese given out by the government to the poor folk around here. We were scratching a living.” It just so happens both Sanford and Colleen were sensing a need to change their live at exactly the same time. “I think we worried that the other would think the idea was crazy, but after we both discussed it, we realized we both wanted something more rewarding at this stage of our lives. With God’s urging and a lot of discussion, after a year we figured out we wanted to start a sheep farm.” Good Shepherd Cheese www.goodshepherdcheese.com After quitting work and finding a one hundred and thirty acre farm in th
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Teaching Cheese Making to kids -Feed The Stomach, Feed The Mind

Feed The Stomach, Feed The Mind- Teaching Cheese Making to Kids in a Classroom Setting  We sell a lot of cheese making kits to school teachers but it isn’t for home economics.  Science teachers have known for a long time kids learn through doing...
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Jason Wiebe Dairy Kansas – Cheese Maker’s Spotlight

Jason Wiebe Dairy Kansas Cheese Maker s Spotlight Jason Wiebe was, like so many in Kansas, a cattle farmer.  His father worked with cows before him, as did his father, way back to the 1920’s.  There were no cheese plants near Durham, Kansas, when Jason had the idea to try something different with his Holsteins. “I’ve been a dairyman all my life but wanted to figure out how to add value to my milk.  There was one place over at the state university making cheese and that was about it.” Jason Weibe Dairy Family Jason’s wife Sheri grew up in Canada and was used to Cheddar as a regular staple cheese in her house.  Jason too was a Cheddar fan and knew right away what he wanted to make.  “I bought a cheese making book and skipped straight past the soft cheeses and turned right to the Cheddar page.”  In 2003 they got their permit to sell cheese, starting out with Sheri selling a few blocks from their home. Just eleven years later and they now sell through wholesalers and d
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