A Working Lunch: new customer Simonstone Hall

It’s not often we close the door and put the answerphone on during working hours Monday to Friday.  We only did this once last year and that was the last Friday before  Christmas.  This year, we thought, well, it’s not massively busy, the shop can stay closed, it is raining horizontally, let’s go for lunch! We had a couple of …

Simon Lacey Comes to Visit

We’ve come over all sociable, offering brews to all! Nah, not really, really nice to see Simon of Simon Lacey Cheese and great that he came to see us and our little dairy.  As we both said, it’s good for cheese makers to see other people’s dairy’s, to see how they do things and to learn from them.  Needless to …

Jaap and Wilhelm Come To Visit

Jaap, of course needs no introduction, as owner of Jongiac (UK), supplier of equipment and other cheese making items to cheese makers around the country.  Not to mention organiser of tours to Continental cheese makers.  Jaap is hugely knowledgeable about cheese making and can always find a solution to your needs. Some of you may know Wilhem Eismann who represents …

Our First Sheep Make of the Year

We buy our ewe’s milk from Simon Stott, at Laund Farm, Chipping, Lancashire.  Simon won the NFU’s Farmer of the Year title in 2011 which is a fantastic accolade.  We have been working with Simon for over ten years and are extremely happy with the quality of his milk and we (I) have a soft spot for Andrew, his delivery driver who celebrated …

Cheese Tasting with New Customer, Gusto in Settle, N Yorkshire

Today we spent a couple of hours doing a cheese tasting with Italian restaurant owners Paul and Philippa and new chef  Luke. We tasted our range of goat cheese including our two gold star Natural Rinded Matured Goat cheese, one gold star Original Goat, six of our wensleydales: Blue, Smoked, Old Tyme, Tasty Wensleydale, Wensleydale with Cranberry and Unpasteurised Wensleydale. …

How Much Milk Can We Get in Our Large Vat?

This much! or 1,960 litres to be precise. That’s a lot of goat milk which Stu made into Original Goat cheese last Tuesday.  But he did a valiant job, not splishing any over the side and with a bit of help, he did a fab job of ensuring that it wasn’t too wet when it was potted up – that …

Farewell to Mandy of Swaledale Cheese

As many of you may have heard on the cheese grapevine or read in the press, Mandy Reed at Swaledale Cheese died. I went to the funeral yesterday.  It was a beautiful service, very dignified with pieces of music, chosen by Mandy’s family that I feel sure Mandy would have loved.  At one point, Mandy’s brother described her laugh as …