With nearly 200 farms that generate upwards of $570 million in annual sales, the dairy industry is a vital part of Maine's economy and culture. Join our real estate agents in supporting these hard-working farmers on Maine Open Creamery Day.
About Maine Open Creamery Day
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Maine Open Creamery Day, a popular event where the public gets a chance to learn first-hand about the tradition of cheese-making. Here are some of the participating creameries that will be opening their facilities from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 9.
- Crooked Face Creamery - 42 Court St., Skowhegan, ME 04976
Yes, Crooked Face Creamery is named after a real-life cow with an adorably off-kilter mug. Founder Amy Rowbottom comes by her love of making cheese naturally, having grown up on a dairy farm. Amy's award-winning cheeses are made simply with whole milk and no preservatives for a rich, creamy texture and flavor. Their retail store is open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
- Kennebec Cheesery - 795 Pond Rd., Sidney, ME 04330
Peter and Jean Koons, owners of Kennebec Cheesery, bring a variety of global influences to their cheese-making. Jean was born and raised in New Zealand, Peter is a native of Maine, and the couple lived in Switzerland for a number of years. Their 30-acre farm is home to 60 dairy goats and 24 Katahdin sheep and isn't far from Sidney homes for sale. The international flair shows in their products, which include chèvre, feta, and paneer. If you have a sweet tooth, try the cajeta, a goats' milk caramel that's delicious drizzled on ice cream or apple slices.
- Pumpkin Vine Family Farm - 217 Hewett Rd., Somerville, ME 04348
Pumpkin Vine Family Farm takes its name from a traditional Trinidadian saying. Vines, which extend far but share a common source, represent the connections that unite people. The creamery's cheeses, such as Gouda-style Caper and Asiago-style Capriccio, are made from 100 percent goats' milk. Pumpkin Vine has a farmers market that sells baked goods, organic vegetables, and local meat, along with its own dairy products. The farm, located near Somerville homes for sale, is open to the public every Sunday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Dreamin' Fahm - 1244 Main St., Wilton, ME 04294
Can a Jersey guy find happiness running a dairy farm in Maine? Just ask Jonesy, who operates Dreamin' Fahm with his wife Faith, who was born and bred in Bingham. The farm's clever name, the visual equivalent of a New England accent, came from Jonesy's wish to be a "real Mainah." In addition to cheese, Jonesy and Faith use goat milk to make bar soap, liquid soap, and body lotion. Protein is also available in the form of chicken and duck eggs.
- Maison de Chèvre - 162 Bolton Rd., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
With a name that translates to "House of Cheese," Maison de Chèvre leaves no doubt as to their specialty. The family-run goat creamery produces cheese, yogurt, and unpasteurized milk. During the summer months, the goats serve double duty as exercise buddies for one-hour sessions of baby goat yoga. Farm hours are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.
- Lakin's Gorges Cheese - 2361 Friendship Rd., Waldoboro, ME 04572
After graduating with a degree in anthropology from Cornell University, Allison Lakin's world travels led her to Maine, where she started Lakin's Gorges Cheese. In a few short years, Allison has been recognized with awards from numerous competitions, including the prestigious World Championship Cheese Contest. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday.
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