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LEARN Cheese Calling (6/21/2018) - On January 20th three Maine cheesemakers were featured on the Maine Public afternoon call-in show Maine Calling. You can listen through their on-demand services here — http://mainepublic.org/post/cheesemaking-demand-grows-maine-made-cheese President Jessie Dowling (Fuzzy Udder), Heather Donahue (Balfour Farms), and Eric Rector (Monroe Cheese Studio) sat down with host Cindy Han to talk about Cheese in Maine. We […]
The Guild Goes to Vermont! — Part 2 (3/9/2018) - From Burlington you drive East and North to get to the small town of Greensboro (population 750 in the winter, up to 3000 in the summer) which is firmly embedded in one of the three counties that make up the Northeast Kingdom. I drove east on I-89, then exited in Waterbury where I started driving […]
The Guild Goes to Vermont! — Part 1 (3/9/2018) - Several members of the Maine Cheese Guild traveled to Vermont the week of February 26th to visit a number of creameries. Among them were Parrish Hill Creamery in Westminster, Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro Bend, and Shelburne Farms in Shelburne. It was a lot of driving, but it seemed worth it for us to see […]
LEARN Margaret Morris Cheesemaking Workshop (3/8/2018) - Registration is now open for the Margaret Morris workshop on April 2-3 hosted at Kennebec Cheesery with Jean Koons. This is an advanced hands-on cheesemaking workshop. The first day will focus on making a cheddar and possibly and tallegio or gouda style and we’ll collect input from attendees for what folks would like to make […]
Workshop 2018 Milk Quality Workshop with Gary Anderson (2/4/2018) - Monday March 26th at Governor’s Restaurant in Waterville 9am to 5pm The Maine Cheese Guild is excited to announce the 2018 Milk Quality Workshop with Gary Anderson We will spend the day reviewing the biosynthesis of milk and udder anatomy. We will go over managed milking guidelines, milk storage, transport and evaluating milk quality. Specifically, […]
Appleton Creamery Appleton Creamery Announces Cheesemaking Workshops (1/11/2018) - Guild charter member and cheesemaker Caitlin Hunter is again offering mid-winter and early spring cheese making workshops. This year’s lineup includes: Design Your Own Class, Day at the Dairy, Basics of Home Cheese Making–2 Day Workshop, Basics of Hard Cheese, Intro to Goat Cheese and Italian Fun. You can learn more and register at appletoncreamery.com.
Parlez-vous Du Fromage? (1/2/2018) - Seriously, what could be MORE French than a debate about cheese?!? Luckily for us it’s also in English. Enjoy!
Important New Cheese Book Available (11/7/2017) - The Guardian has just published an article outlining one of many compelling stories chartered in Bronwen and Francis Percival’s new book on the cheese industry called Reinventing The Wheel. The authors are currently on tour promoting the book at various book AND cheese stores across America. I have read the book and would highly recommend […]
REGULATORY-NEWS Free FSMA Compliant Food Safety Plan Tool (8/16/2017) - The FDA has created a Windows application meant to run on a PC or laptop that will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a safety plan for your food business, and they’ve now just released it for download. According to the website: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Plan Builder […]
ACS 2017 Awards Announcements (7/28/2017) - Over 2000 cheeses were submitted to the ACS Competion this year, and we’re about to find out if any Maine Cheesemakers are among the award winners. As quickly as I can after they’re announced I will update this page with the good news. Good Luck to all those who submitted entries! Whether you win an […]

Dairy and Cheese Education Opportunities

Maine Cheese Guild

See Guild Workshops Page

Regionally

Appleton Creamery Workshops

December through April

Maine Cheese Guild member Caitlin Hunter at Appleton Creamery is offering Home Cheesemaking , Basic Goat Cheese and other workshops  each winter to spring.  Caitlin has been making cheese for over 30 years and has won many awards for them. She has also taught cheesemaking at the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, the Morris Farm, and UMO. Visit the links above for the latest information on these workshops and/or to sign-up.

Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese (VIAC)

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For more information and to register for classes:
Visit their web site: www.uvm.edu/viac
Contact: Jody Farnham: Program Coordinator for VIAC
255 Marsh Life Science Building UVM ~Campus
109 Carrigan Drive
Burlington,VT 05405-0044 E-mail: jfarnham@uvm.edu / Phone 802.656.8300/ Fax 802.656.00

The Training Center for Farmstead Milk Processing

Presents:

A series of two-day workshops in making cheese on the farm, taught by Peter Dixon and special guests. Classes are held at Woodcock Sheep Cheese Farm in Weston, Vermont and Taylor Farm, makers of Farmstead Gouda in Londonderry, Vermont. Through making cheese and other dairy products and receiving classroom instruction at these licensed Vermont farmstead cheese businesses participants will learn the fundamentals of farmstead cheese making and how to set up and improve their own farmstead cheese businesses. During the two days, we will learn to use starter and ripening cultures and make at least two varieties of cheese. There will be a strong focus on the technical aspects of cheese making and affinage as well as information on facilities, equipment, marketing, and operations. Participants are encouraged to bring any of their cheeses to the class for all to try. Lunches and course materials, including many tried and true recipes, will be provided. A separate pair of clean water-resistant boots or shoes is required. Cost is $250; a $50 deposit is required and the remainder is payable on arrival. Classes are from 9 am to 4 pm each day.

Contact Peter Dixon at Tel. 802-387-4041 or
Email pdixon@sover.net for further details and to register and receive directions.
Send deposit to Peter Dixon, PO Box 993, Putney, VT 05346.

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