Our Annual Meeting was held on Monday, November 9th from 10pm to 2pm at the State of Maine Cheese Co. building on Route 1 in Rockport. We elected a new board member (Arlene Brokow from Imagine Dairy) and a new vice-president (Jesse Dowling of Fuzzy Udder Creamery). We thanked Cathe Morrill of State of Maine Cheese Co. for her YEARS of service. Lots of ideas about Guild activities (past and future) were discussed. The bottom line: it’s only with YOUR help that the Guild succeeds in creating more excellent cheese in Maine!
Our next meeting will take place almost as far east as you can travel in the continental US: Edmunds, ME on the shores of Cobbscook Bay at Tide Mill Creamery. Cheese maker Rachel Bell recently won her first ACS award and would like to explore the idea of cooperative marketing of cheeses through the Guild at this meeting.
Rachel writes: “We are the last driveway on Tide Mill Rd. You can turn into the main entrance to Tide Mill Farm and drive through the farm and around the dairy barn and on for awhile to get to us (the last driveway on the right before reaching Rt. 1 again) or you can turn right into the second entrance of Tide Mill Rd. and we are the first left. There is a Tide Mill Creamery sign hanging on a rock at our entrance.”
Tide Mill Creamery
Edmunds, ME 04628
Our August meeting took place at North Branch Farm in Monroe on Monday, August 10th beginning at 10am. North Branch is a family owned and run, horse-powered, MOFGA certified organic farm located on 330 acres of fields and woodland. Currently they specialize in producing fresh and storage winter vegetables, raw milk, grass-fed beef, pork, and fruit trees, and have now launched an expansion that will include a cheese room and aging facility.
The Guild got a full tour of their current, and future dairy facilities, including a new cheese room and a new aging cave. It was very educational and we wish them the best as they complete their work.