Meeting: Aug 11 at Fuzzy Udder in Whitefield

The Guild met at the NEW Fuzzy Udder Creamery in Whitefield for our on August 11th meeting on a hot beautiful Maine summer day. This will have been the third (!) MCG meeting at this farm with three different owners. Jesse bought the farm from Townhouse Farm, the maker of Ewegurt, last winter and moved her entire creamery over from Unity to the farm. Beth of Townhouse Farm who sold to Jessie bought the farm from the Townhouse Farm owners who made Gouda-style cheese and ice cream and who hosted one of the early Guild meetings.

Jesse gave us a tour of her cheese room, milk room, and pastures, and told us about her plans to use (as efficiently as possible) the small amount of land available to make the cheese she has been dreaming of. Right now part of her sheep flock is pastured a mile or so away while everything gets settled.

Eric gave a recap of his visit to the American Cheese Society conference in Sacramento, we discussed why most current Maine cheese makers were women (something Jeffrey Roberts asked Eric at ACS), talked about the upcoming October workshops with Gianaclis Caldwell (October 25 and 26th — stay tuned to the Guild web site for more info), discussed ideas for our Spring 2015 workshops, saw a string of cheese that Caitlin had been sent from Western China, possible Mongolia, and then ate a lot of good cheese that the members brought with them. Thanks to everyone who came!

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