Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A visit from Paris
Last week we had the pleasure of seeing Marie Claude, our original cheesemaker, who now resides in Paris. Every so often she visits the U.S. and takes a trip back in time to Coach Farm where she helped Miles Cahn grow one of the first artisan goat cheese companies in the mid 1980s. Marie-Claude originally started out in Provence making goat cheese in her kitchen with the milk from her sixteen goats and little more to work with than a simple hand ladle and a few individual draining molds. Her traditional methods were taught here as she apprenticed our current cheesemaker (Rosie-shown on the left) for two years. Marie-Claude was very thankful to see not much has changed since she left here over twenty years ago. The creamery is still operating with their ladles and draining molds making our fresh artisanal cheese direct from the farm just as she taught them!