(Available June through September)
Visit Appleton Creamery and meet with Artisan Cheesemaker Caitlin Hunter for a 1 1/2 hour tour of her farm. Meet her Alpine goats and tour the cheesery (where she makes her cheese). Before the tour begins, we will send you by a local winery for a quick tour and tasting. Sit down with Caitlin for a cheese tasting at her picnic table overlooking the farm and goats and she will describe the cheesemaking process and introduce you to her cheese offerings. Caitlin will also package up a two pound assortment of her cheeses for you to take home. Tours run from 4 – 5:30 pm. during the months of June, July, August and September and culminate with the evening milking at 5:00 pm.
$85 for the first person and $25 for each additional person (maximum of 4 people). Appleton Creamery is a 25-minute drive from the Hartstone Inn.
Our main cheese offering is chevre, a French style of fresh goat cheese, brought to market within days of being made. Our chevre comes packed in 5-, 8-, 16-, and 32-ounce tubs in a variety of flavors, and in a variety of shapes such as rounds marinated in olive oil with roasted garlic and herbs (1999 and 2004 American Cheese Society winner!), rolled in black pepper or herbs, wrapped in a brandied grape leaf (2004 American Cheese Society winner), or in glass gift jars in olive oil. We have also developed a slightly aged wheel of chevre rolled in herbes de Provence, named “Sennebec.” All our goats milk cheese is made by hand in small batches. We follow traditional methods, with an eye to quality control and detail.
Appleton Creamery also produces feta cheese, Crofter’s cheese (an aged goat cheese), Caprino di vino (aged cheese soaked in Maine blueberry wine), St. George Blue cheese (made with goat and sheep milk), and various cheeses made from sheep’s milk.
Appleton Creamery raises Alpines, a breed that originated in the French and Swiss alps. The Alpine dairy goat is a medium- to large-sized animal, alertly graceful, and the only breed with upright ears that offers all colors and combinations of colors, giving them distinction and individuality. They are hardy, adaptable animals that thrive in any climate while maintaining good health and excellent production, noted for their strong individual personalities and milk that is excellent for cheesemaking.
Visit Appleton Creamery Online at: www.appletoncreamery.com
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