Ribblesdale Cheese chat with: Kristen Schnepp, Gringa Dairy, Peckham, London

Tell us a bit about you My name is Kristen, I am American and make a range of handmade, award winning, traditional Mexican cheeses in an urban dairy located in a railway arch in Peckham, South East London.  I grew up in the Central Valley in California, in a largely agricultural community, where the dominant population are immigrant Mexicans.  When …

Ribblesdale Cheese Chat with: Jackie, Castell Gwyn Cheese

Tell us a bit about you I’m a Lancashire lass who moved from Preston to Llandudno eight years ago having moved jobs from UCLan to Bangor University, taking my husband and two young boys with me.  The leadership programme I work on is called 20 twenty, so I am surrounded by entrepreneurs and business owners which is incredibly inspiring.  North …

Ribblesdale Cheese Chat with: Simon, Weardale Cheese

Tell us a bit about you My name is Simon and I run Weardale Cheese, in beautiful Weardale, which is on the eastern side of the Pennines in County Durham.  For the previous twenty years, I was leading and working for a distribution company which delivered telephone books! The legacy of being a cheese maker stemmed in part from my …

Ribblesdale Cheese Chat with: Chris, Neneview Dairy, Northamptonshire

Tell us a bit about you In a former life, I was a teacher for 35 years. My main responsibilities as a team leader were for music and ICT, but being a primary school teacher, I taught everything. I took early retirement because I wanted to take care of my mother who had Alzheimer’s. I come from a farming family, …

Ribblesdale Cheese Chat with: Sophie, Sheffield Cheese Masters

Tell us a bit about you My name is Sophie Williamson, I own/run a small dairy in Sheffield and only went into production at the end of September 2017.  It still feels really weird to say my profession is now a cheesemaker. I have a degree in computing and a masters’ degree in cyber security and that has really been …

Ribblesdale Cheese Chat with: Elizabeth, Whitby Cheese

Tell us a bit about you I married a local boy (from Whitby) and I have 2 children, one in their 20s and the other in their 30s, both happy and settled and those are the important bits.  I have lived in the countryside all my life, and had horses, hens, ducks, I have bred rare breed Shetland sheep, and …

Ribblesdale Cheese Chat with: Michael, Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese, Ireland

Tell us a bit about you Hello, my name is Michael Finegan and I am a goat farmer and cheesemaker from Slane, Co.Meath, Ireland.  I am married to Jenny (who is from Cheshire, whom I met in New Zealand) and we have two daughters, Julia 6 and Ruth 3.  I am from a farming background myself.  We had 50 milk …