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!

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2014 Participating Cheesemakers
(Last updated September 4th)

Appleton Creamery [1 ]
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 with the milk from our herd of Alpine goats and a nearby sheep dairy.

Balfour Farm [2]
461 Webb Road, Pittsfield, ME 04967
Balfour Farm joined the Maine Cheese Guild in 2011. We are a MOFGA certified organic dairy farm. Our Normande and Jersey herd produces award winning quality milk that is bottled right on the farm. In 2011 we began offering fresh cheeses and dairy products: Bevre (our cows’ milk version of chevre), ricotta, feta, queso fresco, cultured butter and buttermilk, greek style yogurt, traditional yogurt, and a variety of hard cheeses: Tomme, Gouda, Cotswold and others. As a diversified farm, we have a laying flock producing fresh eggs, and have beef and pork available from time to time. Our farm store is open Thurs, Fri, Sun 7am to 7pm and Sat 4-7pm

Breakwater Vineyards [3]
35 Ash Point Drive, Owls Head, ME
Breakwater Vineyards, an award winning Maine winery, is located just off the coast in Owls Head. In addition to the vineyards, the farm also has a small herd of dairy goats and produces fresh goat cheese. Wine tastings are offered six days a week from Mid May to October. On Open Creamery Day we offer tours of the dairy barn, meet and greet the goats, tours of the winery and vineyards, and wine tastings with special goat cheese pairings.

From the Country Farm [4]
Stacy Dexter
23 Austin Rd., Leeds, Maine 04263

We are a diversified farm located in Leeds Maine. You are invited to come to the country to meet our blended herd of Nubian, French Alpine and Saanen dairy goats who provide us with great tasting creamy milk which we then turn into fresh cheeses and highly sought after soap. Sit a spell and enjoy the view while sampling cheese, chatting about goats or just to watch the antics of the summer babies. Our new Farm Store will be open!

Fuzzy Udder Creamery [5]
Jessie Dowling, cheesemaker-farmer-activist
35 Townhouse Rd., Whitefield, ME 04353

Fuzzy Udder moved from Unity to their new home in the heart of Whitefield in December 2013. We milk sheep and goats onsite and buy organic cow’s milk from Two Loons Farm in South China. Our animals are raised on pasture, fed organic grain and Maine grown oats and lots and lots of love. We make a variety of fresh, soft-ripened and aged cheeses from cow, sheep and goat milk. Come meet our fuzzy critters and taste our cheeses!

Kennebec Cheesery and Koons Farm [6]
Jean and Peter Koons
795 Pond Road, Sidney, ME 04330

Licensed in 2008, we handcraft small batches of cheese and yoghurt from Alpine and Saanen goats 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. We also have a flock of Katahdin sheep. Come see our new solar panels on the cheesery.

Seal Cove Farm [7]
***open at 9am***
Barbara Brooks
202 Partridge Cove Road, 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. Come and sample our gelato and our own pizza made in a wood fired oven.

Silvery Moon Creamery at Smiling Hill Farm [8]
781 County Rd (Rte 22), Westbrook, ME 04092

Silvery Moon Creamery has been making award winning cows’ milk cheeses since 2003. Meet the Smiling Hill Farm’s cows, whose milk we use for our cheeses. Sample our variety of fresh and aged cheeses. Talk to the cheesemakers. Cheesemaking demonstrations. Event takes place at the Smiling Hill Farm store/ice cream barn on top of the hill.

Spring Day Creamery [9]
Sarah Spring, Owner
42 Day Road, Durham, ME 04222
207-200 8371

Attached to an 1848 farmhouse, Spring Day Creamery hand-crafts small batches of cheese from locally-sourced milk. Come try some soft-ripened Evangeline and award-winning Spring Day Blues.

Sunflower Farm Creamery [10]
Hope Hall
12 Harmon Way, Cumberland, Maine 04021

Chris and Hope Hall are high school teachers and small farmers. Their teen daughters led them towards Nigerian Dwarf goats years ago and since then the passion for these mini dairy goats has become a family affair. This spring, their 44 kids unexpectedly became stars of a viral You Tube video “The Running of the Goats.” They process a small volume of milk each day into delicious chevre, feta and cajeta and spend a lot of each day spoiling their herd of 23 goats. They welcome visitors who will enjoy snuggling this year’s kids, touring the cheese kitchen and visiting with other local farm vendors

Winter Hill Farm [11]
Steve Burger and Sarah Wiederkehr
35 Hill Farm Road, Freeport, Maine 04032
Set atop a hill surrounded by woods and rolling pasture in the beautiful southern midcoast region of Maine, Winter Hill Farm is a small, family run farm in Freeport. We manage a herd of very rare Randall cattle along with a few Jerseys, and operate a small farmstead creamery producing raw milk, yogurt, and artisanal cheeses. We make fresh cheeses (ricotta, fromage blanc and feta) as well as an aged raw milk tomme, several bloomy rind cheeses and a washed rind cheese. We also raise Berkshire pigs, laying hens, and seasonal vegetables for markets and a CSA. Come visit the animals and taste the cheeses at our beautiful farm.

Meeting Notice

Meeting: October 6th at UMaine Orono

The Oct. 6 Maine Cheese Guild meeting will be held at the University of Maine atOrono from 10:00am to 2:30pm. Gary Anderson and Beth Calder will be hosting the meeting at the Buchanan Alumni House in the McIntire Room. Please contact Melissa Libby if you plan on attending and she will email you a parking pass. Please contact her before Friday afternoon at or call her at 207-581-2788. We will be parking at the Newman Center (across the street from Buchanan Alumni) and also in the Nutting Parking Lot after the business meeting.

Please visit this campus map:

At 10:00am to noon we will be having our business meeting and Beth Calder will be presenting results from a 3-part study that she, Gary Anderson and Jason Bolton conducted at the University of Maine in regards to food safety research that pertains to cheesemakers. Coffee, tea and water will be provided from 10:00am to noon.

Please do not bring cheese or your lunch into Buchanan due to their policy. We will be eating lunch in Hitchner Hall.

At noon, we will be driving to Hitchner Hall after the business meeting. Please bring cheese to share and your lunch. We also have the option to purchase lunch at the Memorial Union “to go”, as we will be eating in Hitchner Hall, Room 159 near the Pilot Plant, just follow the signs to the Pilot Plant on the 1st Lunch will be from noon to 1:00pm. Beth, Gary and Mike Murphy will be giving an optional tour of the Pilot Plant, Commercial Kitchen and any laboratories of interest in Hitchner Hall, and we should wrap up the tour around 2:00-2:30pm.

Any questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Libby above, or Beth Calder at

581-2791 or

Driving Directions to UMaine:

From the South Exit 191 (Formerly Exit 50):

• Coming from the south on I-95, take Kelley Road Exit #191.

• Turn right at end of exit ramp. Drive 1 mile to the traffic light.

• Take left onto Route 2. Drive 2.5 miles to the third set of traffic lights.

• Turn left onto College Avenue.

• The Newman Center is located on College Avenue on the left and Buchanan

Alumni is across the street on the right just before the main UMaine campus.

floor of Hitchner.

From the South Exit 193 (Formerly Exit 51):

• Coming from the south on I-95, take Stillwater Ave Exit #193.

• Turn towards Burger King and the shopping center.

• Turn right at the fourth traffic light by McDonald’s and Maine Street Savings

Bank on College Avenue.

• Pass by the Alfond Center and main campus.

• The Newman Center will be on the right (just past the intersection of Munson

Rd. and College Ave.) and the Buchanan Alumni House is across the street on

the left.

From the North Exit 193 (Formerly Exit 51):

• Coming from the north on I-95, take Stillwater Ave Exit #193.

• Turn left at the end of the exit ramp.

• Drive 1 mile to the fourth set of traffic lights.

• Turn right onto College Avenue.

• The Newman Center will be on the right (just past the intersection of Munson Rd. and College Ave.) and the Buchanan Alumni House is across the street on the left.

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