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The Maine Cheese Guild Presents Open Creamery Day 2013
MONROE, Maine – As the hardwood foliage bursts in a blaze of colors on Columbus Day weekend, take in the spectacular sights and taste some award-winning cheese during the Maine Cheese Guild's annual Open Creamery Day. Visit many of Maine's cheese makers in their creameries, meet the animals, and learn the stories behind Maine's more than 150 artisan cheeses. Along the way you can also visit a farmers' market, stop at an orchard, explore one of Maine's premier breweries or wineries, pick fruit at Maine's legendary orchards, and drop-in on one of the many artisan bread makers our state has to offer. You'll love the views, and the taste of Maine cheese, straight from the source, will be the best memory of all!

For maps and an updated list of participating cheese makers, visit www.mainecheeseguild.org.

Participating Cheesemakers:

Appleton CreameryCaitlin Hunter, Owner 780 Gurney Town Road, Appleton, ME  04862 info@appletoncreamery.com / www.appletoncreamery.com

Visit the goats and sample the award-winning cheese at Appleton Creamery in Appleton. Cheese is handcrafted daily using traditional methods with milk from our herd of Alpine goats, and local cow and sheep dairies.

Balfour Farm461 Webb Road, Pittsfield, ME 04967  207-213-3159 www.balfourfarmdairy.com 

Balfour Farm joined the Maine Cheese Guild in 2011. We are a MOFGA certified organic dairy farm. Our Normande and Jersey herd produces award winning quality milk that is bottled right on the farm. In 2011 we began offering fresh cheeses and dairy products: Bevre (our cows' milk version of chevre), ricotta, mozzarella, cultured butter and buttermilk, greek style yogurt, traditional yogurt, and a variety of hard cheeses: Tomme, Gouda, Cotswold and others. As a diversified farm, we have a laying flock producing fresh eggs, and have beef and pork available from time to time. Farm store now open.

Flying Goat FarmCara Sammons & Devin Shepard 413 Mann Road, Acton, ME 04001207-636-7321 / 207-776-1846facebook.com/flyinggoatfarm / www.flyinggoatfarmmaine.com

Meet the goats and the farmers at Flying Goat Farm.  Sample FGF cheeses including our signature cheeses, Scapegoat, Chevre Noir and others.  Cheeses and yogurts available for sale, and some whey-fed pasture raised pork.

Kennebec Cheesery and Koons FarmJean and Peter Koons  795 Pond Road, Sidney, ME 04330  207-547-4171  kennebeccheesery@gmail.com/ www.kennebec.cheeesery.com

Licensed in 2008, we handcraft small batches of cheese and yoghurt from Alpine  and Saanen goats and organic Jersey cows' milk. The goats are raised on pasture and GMO-free grain here on Koons Farm and Willie raises his cows on nearby Woodside Farm. We also have a flock of Katahdin sheep. Come see our new solar panels on the cheesery.

Lakin's Gorges CheeseAllison Lakin, Owner/Cheesemakerinside the Rockport Marketplace 461 Commercial Street, Rockport ME 04856   207-230-4318gorgescheese@gmail.com  / www.lakinsgorgescheese.com 

I make fresh and aged cheeses using organic cow's milk from a single source. Try the fresh, basket molded ricotta which is unsalted to highlight the full-fat flavor of the milk. Prix de Diane is a soft ripened cheese that is creamy and buttery. Medallion is a small cheese with a big flavor of citrus and fresh mushrooms. Opus 42 is an aged, mold ripened semi-firm cheese that is sharp and nutty. Morgan is a hard cheese that is salty and grassy with a long finish. Come in and try them all and receive ricotta recipes. Cheese is made with milk from Tide Mill Organic Farm.

Seal Cove Farm ***open at 9am***Barbara Brooks  202 Partridge Cove Road, Lamoine, ME 04605207-667-7127sales@mainegoatcheese.com  / www.mainegoatcheese.com

Fresh and aged goat cheese. Our high producing herd of 125 goats is our foundation. We have been making and selling cheese since 1980. Our commitment to producing the highest quality milk, an element in superior cheeses, continues. Come and sample our gelato and our own pizza made in a wood fired oven.

Silvery Moon Creamery at Smiling Hill Farm781 County Rd (Rte 22), Westbrook, ME 04092  207-699-3170info@silverymooncheese.com  / www.silverymooncheese.com 

Silvery Moon Creamery has been making award winning cows’ milk cheeses since 2003. Meet the Smiling Hill Farm’s cows, whose milk we use for our cheeses. Sample our variety of fresh and aged cheeses. Talk to the cheesemakers. Cheesemaking demonstrations.

Spring Day CreamerySarah Spring, Owner42 Day Road, Durham, ME 04222   207-353-8289springdaycreamery@me.com 

Fresh, mold-ripened, and aged national award-winning cheeses from locally-produced goat and cow's milk; hand-crafted in a tiny cheese room.

State of Maine Cheese Co.Cathe Morrill, Owner461 Commercial Street, Rockport, ME 04556207-236-8895/800-762-8895admin@cheese-me.com / www.cheese-me.com

Handcrafted natural and certified organic cheeses - Cheddars, Monterey Jack (plain & spiced), Caerphilly, Gouda and Fresh Mozzarella Maine. Our conventional cows’ milk comes from Springdale Farm in Waldo Maine and our certified organic cow’s milk comes from Haskell Farm in Palermo Maine. We will do tours of the creamery every half hour and there will be samples galore.

Sunflower Farm CreameryHope Hall 12 Harmon Way, Cumberland, Maine 04021207-829-8347 facebook.com/sunflowerfarmcreamerywww.sunflowerfarm.info

Chris and Hope Hall are high school teachers and small farmers. Their teen daughters led them towards Nigerian Dwarf goats years ago and since then the passion for these mini dairy goats has become a family affair. They process a small volume of milk each day into delicious chevre, feta and cajeta and spend a lot of each day spoiling their herd of 19 goats. They welcome visitors who will enjoy snuggling this year's kids, collecting eggs, and touring the newly constructed cheese kitchen

Winter Hill FarmSteve Burger and Sarah Wiederkehr35 Hill Farm Road, Freeport, ME 04032207-869-5122
winterhillfarmer@gmail.com / www.winterhillfarm.com
Set atop a hill surrounded by woods and rolling pasture in the beautiful southern midcoast region of Maine, Winter Hill Farm is a small, family run farm in Freeport. We manage a herd of very rare Randall cattle along with a few Jerseys, and operate a small  farmstead creamery producing raw milk, yogurt, and artisanal cheeses. We make fresh cheeses (ricotta, fromage blanc and feta) as well as an aged raw milk tomme, several bloomy rind cheeses and a washed rind cheese. We also raise Berkshire pigs, laying hens, and seasonal vegetables for markets and a CSA. Come visit the animals and taste the cheeses at our beautiful farm.