Open Creamery Day Sunday October 11th, 2015

The Maine Cheese Guild presents

Open Creamery Day 2015

on Sunday, October 11th from 11am to 3pm (unless ***otherwise noted*** below).

As the hardwood foliage bursts in a blaze of colors on Columbus Day weekend, take in the spectacular sights and taste some award-winning cheese during the Maine Cheese Guild’s annual Open Creamery Day. Visit many of Maine’s cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals, and learn the stories behind Maine’s more than 150 artisan cheeses. Along the way you can also visit a farmers’ market, stop at an orchard, explore one of Maine’s premier breweries or wineries, pick fruit at Maine’s legendary orchards, and drop-in on one of the many artisan bread makers our state has to offer. You’ll love the views, and the taste of Maine cheese, straight from the source, will be the best memory of all!

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2015 Participating Cheesemakers
(Will be updated up to October 11th so check back)

Appleton Creamery [1]
Caitlin Hunter
780 Gurney Town Road, Appleton, ME 04862

Visit the goats and sample the award-winning cheese at Appleton Creamery in Appleton, and enjoy the whole goat experience. Cheese is handcrafted daily using traditional methods with milk from our herd of Alpine goats, and local cow dairies. Joining us this year will be Copper Tail Farm with goat milk caramels and cajeta, Sisters Soap with goat milk soap, and Dragonfly Cove Farm goat meat products. Belfast musician Jennifer Armstrong will entertain us with some lively “milking songs!” The pizza oven will be cooking!

Barred Owl Creamery / Hamilton Farm [D]
Patti & Chris Hamilton
6 South Fowles Lane, Whitefield, ME 04353

We are a MOFGA certified Organic Farm. The award winning cheese from Nubian cross goats & fresian sheep is hand milked ~ hand stirred ~ hand crafted in small batches. We would love to have you meet the ladies, sample some cheese & experience the land that we love so much. We make feta (first place winner in mixed milk category), chevre & blue. Cheese will be available for purchase as well as other farm products & lunch foods. Cheese making demonstrations at 10:00 and 1:00. We will also have tours of our new timber frame barn & other assorted farm animals: pigs, chickens, Romney cross sheep & heritage turkeys. We look forward to seeing you!

Breakwater Vineyards[2]
35 Ash Point Drive, Owls Head, ME 04854

Breakwater Vineyards, an award winning Maine winery, is located just off the coast in Owls Head. In addition to the vineyards, the farm also has a small herd of dairy goats and produces fresh goat cheese. Wine tastings are offered six days a week from mid- May to October. Open Creamery Day – tours of the dairy barn, meet and greet the goats, tours of the winery and vineyards, wine tastings with special goat cheese pairings.

Crooked Face Creamery [3]
Amy Rowbottom
552 River Road, Norridgewock, ME 04957

Amy’s Cheesery – also known as Crooked Face Creamery is up and running again at her new location. Come visit her cheesemaking facility, sample some fresh cows’ milk cheeses and watch demo’s of her new custom designed cheese smoker. The farm will be open all day for tours, cheese will be available for sale, as well as cuts of their grass fed Angus beef.

Fredrikson Farm [4]
60 Danforth Road, China Village, ME 04926

Newly construction creamery located on 70+ acres. Join us on Oct. 11, 2015 for cheese making and milking demonstrations, farm tours and sampling of our delicious chevre. We are excited to have Younity Winery joining us to provide the perfect pairing with our cheese.

From the Country Farm [B]
Stacy Dexter
23 Austin Road, Leeds, ME 04263

We are a diversified farm located in Leeds Maine. You are invited to come to the country to meet our blended herd of Nubian, French Alpine and Saanen dairy goats who provide us with great tasting creamy milk which we then turn into fresh cheeses and highly sought after soap. Sit a spell, enjoy the view, sample cheese, chat about goats or just watch the antics of the summer babies. Our new Farm Store will be open!

Fuzzy Udder Creamery [5]
Jessie Dowling, cheesemaker-farmer-activist
35 Townhouse Road, Whitefield, ME 04353

Fuzzy Udder moved from Unity to their new home in the heart of Whitefield in December 2013. We milk sheep and goats onsite and buy organic cows’ milk from Two Loons Farm in South China. Our animals are raised on pasture, fed organic grain and Maine grown oats and lots and lots of love. We make a variety of fresh, soft-ripened and aged cheeses from cow, sheep and goat milk. Come meet our fuzzy critters and taste our cheeses!

Imagine Dairy Farm [6]
Arlene Brokaw
35 Townhouse Rd. Whitefield, ME. 04353

Arlene rents creamery space at Fuzzy Udder Creamery to create her fresh, spreadable, “extra-fine” cheese with the organic cow’s milk from Two Loons Farm and fresh, organically grown herbs and garlic. Arlene also makes a brie-style blue, “Hullabaloo” and is expanding her product line as the Imagine Dairy grows. Both MOFGA apprentices-turned farm-owners, Fuzzy Udder Creamery and Imagine Dairy Farm have partnered up to support one another and co-market while Arlene completes a creamery space of her own in Warren, ME, where she will begin milking her herd of dairy goats in spring, 2016.

Kennebec Cheesery and Koons Farm [7]
Jean and Peter Koons
795 Pond Road, Sidney, ME 04330

Licensed in 2008, we handcraft small batches of cheese and yoghurt from Alpine and Saanen goats and organic Jersey cows’ milk. The goats are raised on pasture and GMO-free grain here on Koons Farm and Willie raises his cows on nearby Woodside Farm. We also have a flock of Katahdin sheep. Come see our new solar panels on the cheesery.

Maine Water Buffalo Co. ***open 10am*** [E]
Brian and Jessica Ferrar
91 Old County Road, Appleton, ME 04862

A day of fun! Raw buffalo milk (regular & chocolate!) will be available. Deliciously creamy & rich, very high in calcium & protein, and not to mention, very digestible for most folks with dairy sensitivities. Yum!!! We’ll also have buffalo mozzarella, ricotta, burrata & buffeta. Our water buffalo sausage is FINALLY back in stock! A full line of steaks, burger & stew meat too! Come out to our farm & meet the buffalo herd, pet the baby buffalo, see the yaks & sample some buffalo cheeses. For more info & farm directions check out the EVENTS page on our website.

Pumpkin Vine Family Farm ***open until 5pm*** [C]
Kelly, Anil, Keiran & Sarita Roopchand
217 Hewett Rd., Somerville, ME 04348

Pumpkin Vine Family Farm is the historic farm featured in the new book Birth, Death and a Tractor and is proud to once again be a licensed dairy! Reviving the farm has been a lot of work, but we have finally done it! With the help of our Alpine & Nubian goats, we are now making fresh and aged cheeses. The does graze on the lush hillside pastures, and we process their milk in the newly restored cheese room. Come taste our fresh cheeses, rolled into chocolate truffle balls or adorned with edible flowers, and say hello to the hard-working girls (goats) of Pumpkin Vine Farm. The farm will be open for tours; we have a walking trail and maps, so bring your lunch and plan a picnic! We have pumpkins, squash and gourds for sale, and a special art room for children to decorate their pumpkins. We welcome kids – and adults – from 11 – 5.

Seal Cove Farm ***open at 9am*** [8]
Barbara Brooks
202 Partridge Cove Road, Lamoine, ME 04605

Fresh and aged goat cheese. Our high producing herd of 125 goats is our foundation. We have been making and selling cheese since 1980. Our commitment to producing the highest quality milk, an element in superior cheeses, continues. Come and sample our gelato and our own pizza made in a wood fired oven.

Silvery Moon Creamery at Smiling Hill Farm [9]
781 County Rd (Rte 22), Westbrook, ME 04092

Silvery Moon Creamery has been making award winning cows’ milk cheeses since 2003. Meet the Smiling Hill Farm’s cows, whose milk we use for our cheeses. Sample our variety of fresh and aged cheeses. Talk to the cheesemakers. Cheesemaking demonstrations. Event takes place at the Smiling Hill Farm store/ice cream barn on top of the hill.

State of Maine Cheese Company [10]
461 Commercial Street, Rockport, Maine 04856
Telephone: (local)207-236-8895 :: (toll free) 800-762-8895 Fax: 207-236-9591

Nestled in the heart of Mid-Coast Maine, State of Maine Cheese Company is a small business that has been handcrafting fine cheeses since 1983. Since we started creating cheese in Maine over 30 years ago, we have cherished our partnership with our dairy farmers. Our relationship with Oakhurst Dairy allows us to hand pick the farms we receive milk from, principally from Springdale Jerseys in Waldo, Maine, a four generation farm with 400 Jersey and Guernsey cows that produce the picture perfect milk for making cheese. We are also organically certified and work with Maine organic farmers directly.

We are the home of the Rockport Marketplace where we carry many fine products made right here in Maine and beyond. On days that we are making cheese, customers can watch our cheesemaker at work making cheese in our production room. Our retail store hours are 9 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday Noon – 4 pm.

Sunflower Farm Creamery [11]
Hope Hall
12 Harmon Way, Cumberland, Maine 04021

Sunflower Farm looks forward to welcoming visitors on Open Creamery Day! Chris and Hope Hall (English Teachers at Thornton Academy & Cheese Maker at Sunflower Farm Creamery) and daughters Tess and Lila, produce delicious goat products made in small daily batches from the milk of 24 Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats. Their products are sold at Walnut Hill Market in North Yarmouth, at Eventide Epicurean Specialties in Boothbay, at the Mill Street Farmers Market in Yarmouth and on weekends April-Jan. from their self serve farm fridge. (You may have seen their goat kids on YouTube in “The Running of the Goats” or “Goat Babies in Pajamas” or “Lola the chihuahua & the Goat kids Daily Playtime”.) The goats are even sweeter in person! Come try feta, chevre, caramels, fudge and cajeta, visit with the goats in the field and enjoy a mini farmers market celebrating goat milk products! [Please note, we will have limited supplies of our products since we are a small farm, so come early in the day for the greatest selection!]

Winter Hill Farm [A]
Steve Burger and Sarah Wiederkehr
35 Hill Farm Road, Freeport, ME 04032

Set atop a hill surrounded by woods and rolling pasture in the beautiful southern midcoast region of Maine, Winter Hill Farm is a small, family run farm in Freeport. We manage a herd of very rare Randall cattle along with a few Jerseys, and operate a small farmstead creamery producing raw milk, yogurt, and artisanal cheeses. We make fresh cheeses (ricotta, fromage blanc and feta) as well as aged, raw milk cheeses, mold-ripened and washed rind cheeses. We also raise Berkshire pigs, laying hens, and seasonal vegetables for markets and a CSA. Come visit the animals, meet the farmers, and learn about their craft. And of course, try some cheese.

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