Cheesemaking 101

Guild Board member Eric Rector will be teaching a beginning cheesemaking workshop for MOFGA in January — here is the info and a link to the sign-up page:

January 20, 2020
Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cumberland County UMaine Cooperative Extension office
75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine
Fee: $75 general, $65 for MOFGA members, free for journeypersons; lunch included

Learn how to make cheese at home at MOFGA’s beginner home cheesemaking course. Eric Rector, owner of Monroe Cheese Studio and board member of the Maine Cheese Guild, will teach the basics of turning organic raw milk into delicious cheese through a hands-on demo. We will make a quick fresh cheese to slice and taste during class. Additional demonstrations will feature the differences between fresh, aged and acid-set cheeses and rennet-set cheeses. We will also learn how to make ricotta and mozzarella, and some history of cheese.”

Workshop

Farming for Wholesale Workshop

Maine Farmland Trust Announces Farming for Wholesale 101 Workshops in Early 2020

This track is for experienced farmers who currently sell wholesale and want to expand, and farmers who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other growers, we’ll uncover the story your financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.  See mainefarmlandtrust.org for more information about all the workshops.

Below is the module geared specifically for dairy producers and farmers.

CREAMERY COHORT

This track is for experienced value-added dairy producers and farmers who currently sell wholesale and want to expand, and who want to start selling to wholesale markets.

Drawing on a panel of business experts from around the state, as well as other producers, we’ll uncover the story your financial records are telling you, and develop your ability to talk with potential wholesale buyers about your products.

During the program, you will:

Participate in 3 day-long workshops with a cohort focused on value-added dairy production
Work with a service provider for up to 20 hours of business planning assistance, tailored to fit your goals
Receive a $1,000 seed grant when you complete the program

CREAMERY COHORT

UMaine School of Business, Orono

9AM-4PM

Sunday + Monday, January 26-27th & Sunday, February 2nd

(Snow date: February 9th)

Cost: $500 registration fee. Upon completion of the workshops and your successful participation in technical assistance, you will be awarded a $1,000 seed grant. There is a net gain of $500 to your farm!

Scholarships are available, as well as payment plans. Reimbursements for travel and other expenses related to attending workshops are available. Please reach out to us – we do not want upfront cost to keep you from joining us! catherine@mainefarmlandtrust.org

Register by December 23, 2019!

Maine Cheese Guild at Common Ground Fair

Visit us at The Fair

Maine Cheese Guild members will be chatting up the visitors at the Common Ground Country Fair again this year from September 20th through 22nd. Stop by their booth in the Agricultural Products section and taste and talk Maine cheese and cheesemaking.

The Guild is also offering a demo–Cheesemaking in the Home Kitchen in the Country Kitchen Demo area on Sunday, September 22, 10 to 11:30 am. Learn to make some simple cheeses in your home kitchen using raw milk and simple recipes. Learn about the science, and witness the magic of the transformation of milk into cheese!