This year our Open Creamery Day took place on Sunday, October 11th, 2009 from 11am to 3pm (unless otherwise noted below).
In 2010 Open Creamery Day will take place on the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend again!
As the hardwood foliage bursts in a blaze of colors on Columbus Day weekend, here is an opportunity to take in the spectacular sights and to taste some award winning cheese at the same time. Visit the 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 winemakers, and drop-in on one of the many artisan breadmakers our state has to offer. You’ll love the views, but you’ll remember the taste!
Google Map of Open Creamery Day Locations:
For more information, and a link to a map of these cheesemakers, visit www.mainecheeseguild.com/MCG-build
Eric Rector, Guild President
For a list of participants and a map of their creameries are below:
(Last update: October 2, 2009)
Caitlin Hunter, Owner
780 Gurney Town Road
Appleton, ME 04862
Visit the goats and sample the award-winning cheese at Appleton Creamery in Appleton. Cheese is handcrafted daily using traditional methods from the milk from our herd of Alpine goats and nearby EllsFarm sheep dairy.
152 US Route 1 Suite 19
contact: Bob Smith 207.939.5036
We are a new cheesemaking company looking to focus on soft and semisoft edible rind cheeses.We have a wonderful organic milk supply from Brook Ridge Farm in Lyman.This herd of milking shorthorns,owned by Mike and Rick Guillemette,provide high butterfat and high protein levels that are perfect for our style of cheese. We hope to have a washed rind cheese and a bloomy rind camembert like cheese available for Open Creamery Day.
Fern Hill Farm
Robert and Amy Jensen, Owners
150 Wiley Road, Naples, ME 04055
Fresh goat’s milk chevre. Plain and with herbs. Cheese is available wholesale and locally at natural and gourmet food shops.
Garden Lore *** Please note hours are 10a.m. – 2p.m. ***
40 Blueberry Lane, Mariaville, ME 04605
207-537-5673 or 207-537-3365
Garden Lore is located on the banks of Tannery Brook in Mariaville, ME. Here you will see our farm animals which include goats ranging in age from 8 months to 9 years. The farm also has ducks, chickens and anything else we can pick up along the way. Taste the farmstead and artisan cheeses made here from our Nubian and Oberhasli goats. Several flavored chevres, feta and ricotta and now making aged cow and goat cheeses. Herbs used in flavoring cheeses grown right here on the farm. Take a hay ride and pick out your pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Hope to see you on Sunday!
Harmony Mill Farm *** Please note hours are 12:30p.m. – 3p.m. ***
Deb Dik, Distribution
133 Mill Lane, Waltham, ME 04605
Harmony Mill Farm is a small family farm that sells raw milk and cheeses. We are located on the shores of Graham Lake in Waltham, Me. Jon and I use organic practices to produce our milk and care for our cows. Jon is our cheesemaker and is perfecting our Jersey Gold Raw Milk Cheddar. He also makes a heat treated Ricotta and Ricotta Salata, a salted pressed fresh cheese.
The Kennebec Cheesery
Jean and Peter Koons
795 Pond Rd., Sidney, ME 04330
Kennebec cheeses reflect the mix of cheese makers, Kiwi and Yank, bringing pastoral skills and recipes from New Zealand back to the family farm in Sidney, Maine. We handcraft small batches of cheese and yoghurt from Alpine goat 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. Come see our pet lambs Bambi and Coco, along with our 12 doelings Courtney, Clover, Colleen, Chai, Coffee, Cream and the others, plus Dalai the llama.
Liberty Fields Farm
Anne and Joel Tripp
238 Flag Pond Road
Saco, ME 04072-9636
Liberty Fields Farm in Saco, licensed since 2005, is a small family-operated farm specializing in award-winning artisanal cheeses from our herd of Nubian goats. Cheeses made daily include fresh chevre, feta, mold-ripened Saco Bay, gouda, and tomme. In 2007 our feta was awarded 2nd place in the ACS competition for goat feta, and in 2008 our Saco Bay Dusk received a 1st place award for soft-ripened cheese made from goat’s milk. Our philosophy is simple: provide farm fresh cheese produced in small batches to ensure the finest quality.
Little Falls Farm
John and Mary Belding, Cheesemakers
250 Walker Mills Road, Harrison, ME 04040
Artisanal farmstead raw milk aged goat cheese (MOFGA certified 100% Organic) made from the milk of our hand-milked herd.
Longfellow’s Creamery at Second Chance Farm
Kathy Trodden, Owner/Cheesemaker
PO Box 431, Phillips, ME 04966
207-639-2074 or 207-639-2119
Farmstead raw milk gouda, cheddar, and camembert, plus fresh mozz, feta, and yogurts. Come taste some cheese and visit the cows and calves.
Painted Pepper Farm *** Please note hours are 12:00p.m. – 4p.m. ***
55 Goods Point Road, PO Box 203
Steuben, ME 04680
Painted Pepper Farm, a saltwater family farm nestled in a downeast coastal woodland, produces a delicious goat’s milk yogurt year-round exclusively from our organically managed herd of Nigerian dairy goats. Other dairy delights — fudge, ice cream & chevre — are available seasonally.
Olde Oak Farm
276 Bunker Hill Rd.
Maxfield, ME. 04453
Visit our farm at our new location and sample our fresh and aged cheeses. All our cheeses are made with fresh milk from our own Nubian goats and with the delicious, organic milk from the Jersey cows at our partner farm, Clovercrest. We are two family farms working together with a passion and dedication to our animals and the milk they provide. Meet the cheesemakers and the goats (the true artisans) of Olde Oak Farm.
Pineland Farms Creamery ***open at 8am***
Mark Whitney, Creamery Manager
92 Creamery Ln., New Gloucester, ME 04260
Please join us for Open Creamery Day 2009. Tours will be available from 8am-3pm so that you may watch and learn as we craft a batch of our award-winning farm fresh cheese. Sampling opportunities will be plentiful, so mark your calendars and come on down to Pineland Farms for a day of food and festivities
Seal Cove Farm
202 Partridge Cove Rd., 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.
Silvery Moon Creamery
Jennifer Betancourt, Cheesemaker/Co-owner
781 County Rd., Westbrook, ME 04092
207-775-4818 x 124
Hand crafting award winning cow’s milk cheese in the big red barn at Smiling
Hill Farm since 2003. We make more than a dozen varieties, and will give
folks a peak in the creamery where we’ll be stretching mozzarella and cloth
bandaging wheels of cheddar. Visitors will also have the opportunity to
taste and talk with the folks that make the cheese.
Spring Day Creamery
Sarah Spring, Owner
42 Day Road, Durham, ME 04222
Fresh, mold-ripened, and aged cheeses from locally-produced goat and cow’s milk; hand-crafted in a galley-sized cheese room.
State of Maine Cheese Co.
Cathe Morrill, Owner
461 Commercial St., Rockport, ME 04556
Hand crafted natural and organic cheeses – Cheddars, Monterey Jack (plain & spiced), Caerphilly, Colby and Derby
Sunset Acres Farm
Anne Bossi & Bob Bowen
769 Bagaduce Road, Brooksville, ME 04617
Using the milk from our herd of 65 dairy goats, we make many different kinds of fresh and aged cheeses. We also sell raw and pasteurized bottled milk.
Tourmaline Hill Farm
21 Kennedy Lane
Greenwood, ME 04255
We produce a variety of plain and flavored chevres as well as an all goat milk mozzarella, Whole goat milk ricotta, a traditional goat milk fetaKefir, raw goat milk, Chicken eggs, duck eggs also breeding stock.
35 Townhouse Rd
Whitefield, ME 04353
Townhouse Farm specializes in Middle Eastern style cheese and yogurt. We offer the following products: “Ewegurt” (sheep milk yogurt) – the ORIGINAL Greek Style yogurt; Feta (goat milk); Halloumi (Cypriot frying cheese from cow milk); Morgandie (a mild aged cheese from cow milk); Chevre – plain, herb, garlic, zanzibar; and cultured butter.
Winter Hill Farm ***Different day; see the Guild web site or call for details ***
Jim Stampone & Kate Le Royer
35 Hill Farm Rd., Freeport, ME 04032
All natural raw milk and yogurt and cheeses from very rare Randall Lineback Cattle.
Eric Rector, Guild President
To find Maine cheese at farmers’ markets, and in shops around the state and beyond, please visit www.mainecheeseguild.com/MCG-build