Ag Day At the Legislature 2009


Above you can see me telling Governor Baldacci about how Maine Cheese is such a great dairy success story!

Along with about thirty ag focused groups, I spent the morning of March 31 offering samples of Maine cheese (thanks to State of Maine Cheese Co., and Pineland Farms) to state house workers and legislators (in between sessions) and asking them if they’d like to know more about Maine cheese. Most of the did, and most of them very much liked the samples of the cheese.

For the legislators, I handed them one of the color Guild brochures and pointed out that when we printed the brochure two years ago there were 20 licensed cheese makers in Maine (as it states in the first paragraph of the brochure), but that currently there are 37 licensed cheese makers, which shows how many new folks are stepping up and putting more Maine milk to good use.
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Welcome To The New Web Site

This is the re-designed Maine Cheese Guild web site which is meant to encourage more communication among the Guild members, as well as to communicate better with Maine Cheese fans.

The old web site has been archived, but is not gone altogether yet. If you can’t find something in this site (try the new Search feature on the right!), you can browse the old site here. Please post a comment on this article if you find something that should be moved to this new site. Or post a comment with suggestions on improving this site.

If you’d like to post an article on this site, feel free! All Guild members can do so once they have registered on this site with a username and password. Once registered, cheese makers can also update their own page listing what cheeses they are making and where they can be purchased. We look forward to your contributions.

Cheese Aging Booklet Available for Download

Our booklet exploring and evaluating current options in cheese aging is now available for download at our website:

The results from the survey are in the appendix.

We are grateful to all of those who provided input and insight, particularly to Hahn’s End, Northland Sheep Dairy and Little Falls Farm for providing narration of what they have done.

I am always so impressed with the willingness of cheese folk to share information.  Hat’s off to you all and happy cheesemaking.

Jennifer Betancourt
Head Cheesemaker and Co-founder
Silvery Moon Creamery

Crafting award winning cheese in a big red barn at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook, Maine.