Cheese Making Classes
Please note: the classes will resume again during the summer of 2024.
I welcome and thank you for your interest in our artisanal cheese making classes. We look forward to sharing our passion for great cows, pure fresh milk and the taste of sumptuous homemade cheeses with you.
We will begin each class with the essential ingredients: milk, cream, culture and rennet. We will discuss their individual roles and their importance to the flavor and texture of the final cheese. These are hands-on classes, so you will experience an authentic culinary journey. From these classes you gain the knowledge to make fresh and hard cheeses at home to share with family and friends.
Please find below the classes and information. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me anytime.
I look forward to sharing a day in the life of a cheese maker and a farmer with you.
Please click on the class name to view the dates and times for each class.
Cheese Making Classes:
The cheese making classes are small classes (typically five or six individuals per class), and are held each year from January through the end of October. If you have a gift certificate for a class, please choose a date from the drop down menu located on the class specific page, then email me and I'll reserve that class for you.
Children ages 13 years and older are welcome to participate in our cheese classes. They must be accompanied by an adult. Pricing is the same for child and adult participants in all of the classes. Thank you!
Please note the cancellation policy for cheese classes: We really want you to enjoy your time making cheese, so if you cannot make it to your scheduled class, please let us know as soon as possible. You may either allow someone else you know to attend the class in your place, or you may choose another upcoming class to attend. Simply put, this is your day to make cheese. Please note that, unfortunately, all cheese classes are non-refundable without 72 hours notice of cancellation.
1. Favorites Class: 1.5 hours | $97.00/person
Butter, Yogurt, & Creme Fraiche
This class serves as an introduction to making butter, yogurt and creme fraiche--you will learn everything you need to make these specialties at home! There is simply nothing better than cooking or baking with fresh homemade butter...everything tastes pure and smooth. Just add a handful of berries or dollop of homemade preserves to a cup of homemade yogurt for a healthy and refreshing treat. Please wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet, and bring a water bottle or refreshment, if you desire.
2. Farmstead Fresh Class: 3-4 hours | $189.00/person
Mozzarella & Ricotta
This is Farmstead Fresh at its best... In this class we will start by milking a cow and discussing the importance of quality milk and cream for cheese making. I will share why I chose that particular cow to make the fresh delicious Ricotta and Mozzarella: her nutrition, stage of lactation and pedigree. From there we'll proceed into the Creamery for the highlight of the class--the cheese making! We'll learn the joys of making these two fresh cheeses, including the equipment and ingredients needed. From this class you will leave with the knowledge, experience, & recipes needed to make these cheeses at home, plus the fresh cheese you just made to enjoy at home. Please wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet, and bring a water bottle or refreshment, if you desire.
3. Fromage Delight Class: 5-6+ hours (keep your day open!) | $275.00/person
Traditional Cheddar, Farmhouse Cheddar, and Ricotta
This class is for those who wish to learn more about in-depth cheese making. We'll discuss cultures, enzymes, the cheddar process, affinage, the complex flavors of cheddars, as well as the fresh delectable Creme Fraiche and delicious Ricotta. We will experience the whole process, starting with fresh warm milk from the morning's milking and ending with the finished cheeses. You will take your fresh cheese home to enjoy, and your cheddar wheels home to age and ripen, in order to explore the incredible joys of aging cheddar. With the hands-on experience and recipes from this class, you will be ready to take your own cheese making to the next level. Please wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet, and bring a water bottle or refreshment, if you desire.
4. Private Classes & A Day on the Farm: Full Day
A private full day farm and cheese making class. Call for details of activities included. Each private class/day is customized to meet your needs and experience to fully enjoy the life on the farm.
Fromage Delight Class with Friends