In 2003 I (Anna) happened into a job assisting the cheese monger at Savenor's, a gourmet grocery store on Charles St. in Boston. I fell in love with the beauty of the cheese, the diversity of rinds and paste, the cutting and wrapping patterns. This love of cheese led me to take a class at Three Shepherds Cheese in VT and eventually to raise a herd of dairy goats. I married a vegetable farmer had two children. I milked my goats and played with making cheese in my home kitchen.
Eventually I got the opportunity to work in the cheese kitchen at Appleton Farms, Ipswich MA. Over the three years I was there I learned a tremendous amount, both about cheese making and about the milk production side. It became clear that I had admiration and respect for the milk production side of things but true happiness was in the cheese kitchen and aging rooms. I sold my herd of goats and focused solely on the cheese.
Today I buy my milk from Whippoorwill Farm, just ten minutes down the road. My cheese kitchen is in the barn behind my pink house, where I live with my husband and kids, Belle & Gus. Bet you can guess my son's nickname.