Open Creamery Day is Sunday, October 8. Creameries around the state are open to the public providing a great opportunity to hit the Midcoast Cheese Trail, visit the animals, taste and buy some local cheese right from the source, and along the way admire the foliage! All five Trail members are participating: Appleton Creamery, Copper Tail Farm, Fuzzy Udder Creamery, Lakin’s Gorges at East Forty Farm, and ME Water Buffalo Co.
At Appleton Creamery in Appleton meet the goats, sample some cheese, and eat some pizza from the wood-fired oven. Sisters Soap with goats milk soap, Dragon Fly Cove Farm with goat meat, and Back 40 Bakehouse with artisan breads will be joining the festivities, along with spinner Penelope Olson demonstrating spinning goat fiber. Owner Caitlin Hunter has dubbed this annual event Goatapalooza. Open 11am to 4pm.
Also in Appleton, ME Water Buffalo Co. will be offering wagon rides out to the pasture to see the water buffalo herd throughout the day. There will be water buffalo calves to cuddle and goats to pet. Sample some buffalo cheeses! The farm store will be open with buffalo cheeses, yogurt, gelato, meat, farm t-shirts and hats. 10am to 3pm.
At Fuzzy Udder Creamery in Whitefield you can meet the goats and sheep, even snuggle them if you wish! Also scheduled are tours of the cheese room and milking parlour, tasting of cow, sheep, and goat’s milk cheeses and cheesey dishes, as well as delicacies made with lamb, goat, and mutton. Beautifully tanned hides and wool, cheese, lamb, goat, and mutton will be available for sale. Open 10am to 3pm.
Copper Tail Farm in Waldoboro is an Animal Welfare Approved goat dairy owned by Christelle and Jon McKee. The farm will be open from 10am to 3pm, and visitors will be able to meet the goats, see the creamery, and sample and purchase products. Copper Tail Farm specializes in goat cheese (chèvre and ricotta), yogurt, kefir, cajeta (caramel sauce), caramel candies, and soap.
Lakin’s Gorges Cheese at East Forty Farm, also in Waldoboro, has a creamery in progress for production of Lakin’s Gorges, their long established line of Maine-made cheeses. The farm store will be open from 11am to 6pm, as it is daily. Meet Darla the cow, and all the pigs getting fat on cheese whey. Sit under the grape arbor, eat some cheese and watch the chickens.
Bring your smiles and your cameras but PLEASE leave your pets at home! For more information visit midcoastcheesetrail.com where you can learn more about these farms and download a map of the Midcoast Cheese Trail.
Open Creameries on Midcoast Cheese Trail