Maine Cheese Guild

New Guild Board and Officers Announced

New board and officers elected at our annual meeting on November 9, 2020

About the Guild

Mission Statement:

The Guild’s mission is to support and encourage the Maine cheesemaking community. We will do this through development of a collective voice to promote Maine cheese and cheesemakers, educate cheese makers and consumers, coordinate resources and share the joy and art of regional cheeses.

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Maine Cheese Guild Meetings

All times Monday from 10:00am – 2:00pm unless otherwise noted.

  • December 8, 2019, SUNDAY, 12 noon – 4 pm –Holiday Party at Spring Day Farm in Durham, open to Guild members, their friends and family. Not open to the public.
  • January 14, 2020, TUESDAY, 10 am – 12 noon – Agricultural Trade Show,  at Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.
  • February  17, 2020, Monday, 10 am – 2 pm – Shipyard Tasting Room, Portland
  • March 9, 2020, Monday 10 am – 2 pm – Board of Directors Only at Appleton Creamery
  • April 6, 2020, Monday, 10 am – 2 pm Cancelled, will reschedules for a later date TBDUniversity of Maine, Orono.
  • May 4, 2020,  Monday, 12 noon – 2 pm via Zoomcontact for login
  • June 16, 2020,  TUESDAY, 2 pm – 4  pm via Zoom –  contact for login
  • August 9, 2020, SUNDAY,  11 am  – Balfour Farm, Pittsfield.  FMI contact Jessie:
  • November 9, 2020, Monday, 10 am – 2pm, Annual Meeting – Pineland Farms, Bangor
  • December 6, 2020, SUNDAY 12 noon – 4 pm, – Imagine Dairy, Warren – Holiday Party open to Guild members, their friends and family. Not open to the public.



General Guild Inquiries:

Phone: (207) 595-2344

Guild Mailing Address:

The Maine Cheese Guild
c/o  Jean Koons, Treasurer
795 Pond Rd.
Sidney, ME. 04330

(Please send invoice or account statements directly to the Treasurer.)

Officers and Board of Directors (year elected in parenthesis)

Holly Aker, President (2020)
Local Goods Gathered & Broken Arrow, Portland

Mark Whitney, Vice President (2018)
Pineland Farms Dairy Company Inc., Bangor

Jean Koons, Treasurer (2018)
Kennebec Cheesery, Sidney

Eric Rector, Treasurer 
Monroe Cheese Studio, Monroe

Heather Donahue, Secretary (2018)
Balfour Farm, Pittsfield


Beth Calder, Ph.D. (2020)
Extension Food Science Specialist & Associate Professor;
Cooperative Extension & the School Food and Agriculture
University of Maine, Orono

Ed Fredrikson (2020)
Fredrikson Farm, China

Ciana Godin (2020)
Alice & Lulus
9003 Main St, Carrabassett Valley

Annie Lampen (2020)
Gathering Board Maine

Amy Rowbottom (2020)
Crooked Face Creamery, Skowhegan

Sarah Spring (2018)
Spring Day Creamery, Durham

Hannah Edwards


Award Winners

Cheers For The Cheesery!

One of our longtime members — Kennebec Cheesery in Sidney — has been honored with a Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Food Award for 2017!

Their Chèvre Rolled in Herbs de Provence won top honors for Maine alongside one of Stonewall Kitchen’s sauces. According to Yankee Magazine:

Honorees are chosen for making exceptional products that meet the Yankee standard of quality. As with previous years, the honor should be considered “an award of excellence rather than a single, best-in-category competition-style approach…”

Congratulations to chesse maker Jean Koons and everyone at the Cheesery on this achievement!

ACS Conference 2016 Grant Opportunity

At our February 2016 the Guild committed to offering at least three ACS Conference Grants for Guild members to attend this year’s American Cheese Society conference in

Des Moines, Iowa July 27th through the 30th.

The grants would pay for the Early Bird conference fee of around $500, which would be roughly a third of total expenses for attending (you would be responsible for your ACS Membership, travel and lodging expenses). Grant recipients are then required to write and publish at least one detailed review of a workshop or educational experience they participated in at the conference to share with the rest of the Guild.

If you can commit to attending the ACS Conference this summer and would like to apply for a guild Grant to do so, please write

—one paragraph describing you and your cheese experience,
—and one paragraph describing what you seek to gain by attending the ACS conference;
—your name and contact info;
—send to with the subject “Guild Grant Request” BEFORE our April 11th meeting.

At that meeting the group will discuss the number of folks seeking a grant, and given our current finances how many grants the Guild can afford to offer. If there are more grant seekers than grants available, the Guild board will review the applications and choose whom will receive Grants before Early Bird registration starts on May 4th.

In the past the Guild has offered to pay the entry fee for any Guild member’s first ACS competition entry, and the Guild has also assembled a group shipment of all Guild entries into the competition. These items will be discussed and budgeted at the April meeting, and the decisions will be announced to the full Guild right after that.