Maine Cheese Guild

Next Meeting: Guild Holiday Party on Sunday, December 14

Our next meeting will be our annual Holiday Party. This year Balfour Farm will be hosting us in Pittsfield on December 14th, which is a SUNDAY, and the party will start at NOON instead of the normal start time of 10am. We hope to see you there to celebrate the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year for the Guild.

Jesse Dowling writes:

“Everyone has already made ricotta before, but have we tasted each other’s? There’s so many ways to make it, and so many things you can do with it. So if making just ricotta by itself doesn’t seem exciting enough to you, than I challenge you to get creative and bring a dish made with the ricotta you’ve made, or press it, flavor it, or use cream and try mascarpone!

Here is a link to Peter Dixon’s Recipe;
Here’s a link to Gianaclis Caldwell’s recipe along with a serving idea

Happy cheesemaking!!!!!! See ya’ll at the holiday cheese party!

Also, bring your favorite holiday food to share, as well as the Holiday Cheese recipe, which will be announced soon.

Maine Cheese Guild

Meeting: Nov 10 Annual Meeting in Rockport

Our Guild Annual Meeting was on Monday, November 10th beginning at 10am at the State of Maine Cheese Co. on Route 1 in Rockport.

Among the general business and future planning for 2015 and beyond that we discussed, we elected four board members:

  • Jessie Dowling
  • Jean Koons
  • Anne Bossi
  • Mary Belding

and elected a new Treasurer — Mary Belding. Thank you to all the members who have volunteered to help run the Guild, and thanks especially to the years of work that Mark Whitney put in as Treasurer, going back to the founding of the Guild in 2003.

Open Creamery Day

Open Creamery Day Sunday October 12th, 2014

The Maine Cheese Guild presents

Open Creamery Day 2014

on Sunday, October 12th 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! Continue reading

Guild Statement Related To Local Food Ordinances

logo_200_lowThe Maine Cheese Guild stands by it’s Quality Statement, issued in May 2009, with regard to the Local Food Ordinance proposals we have seen, and to the legislative bills introduced for the 2011 session (LD330 and LD366).

Our testimony against LD330, given to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry at the March hearing on this bill follows:
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Pixie Day

I’m not sure how many know that Pixie Day of Sleighbell Farms in Washington, Maine, died on Sunday, December 7th.  Details can be found on

Pixie had gone out to check on her goats in the wee hours of the morning, fell and broke her hip.  After she slowly and painstakingly dragged herself to the house, she called for help, was taken to Maine Medical in Augusta, but did not recover.

More information and tributes to Pixie can be found on the Saanen Breeders page on Facebook.

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