And we're off! We made the 8 am ferry and headed south on I-5 to visit 3 cheesemakers. We had such great visits with Rosecrest and Black Sheep that we didn't actually get to Willapa Hills. We'll try to visit them on the way back. Rosecrest Farm is an organic cow's milk producer for Organic Valley, with a small percentage of their milk used for plain and flavored swiss style cheese.
Their dairy barn dates back to 1914 and was purchased from the Sears and Roebuck catalog!
Just down the road, Black Sheep Creamery produces fresh and aged cheeses from their primarily East Friesian sheep. They were busy lambing so we appreciated the time they spent with us. Cuteness overload! After a tour of their amazing cheesemaking facility, we tasted their award-winning cheeses. By the way, their barn dates back to 1894!
We topped off the day with an evening at the Cheese Bar in Portland. We will be doing a workshop with the proprietor, Steve Jones, on Monday. Steve won the American Cheese Society's Cheesemonger of the Year award in 2011. We thoroughly enjoyed the Cheeseboard and the Meat Board for dinner and the Stinky Board for dessert . Oh ya, and the delicious Kale Salad to keep us healthy. The red wine blend they recommended was a perfect match. The staff was awesome. Next time you are in Portland, you must stop by here!
It was a great day. These farmers work hard and we look forward to sharing the fruits of their labor.