Well this has been a special week! It is official! I am a state approved cheese maker with my own “plant”. I am also a licensed pasteurizer (limited-for vat pasteurizers).
It has been a very long road. As with all things you work so hard at it, it makes it all that sweet when you complete it.
I am so grateful to our State Dairy Inspector, Ross Henderson McBean. He is a very smart and experienced man. He is straight forward and to the “letter” (but in the good way, for your success, not to be punitive). He was always available for questions and great advise with nice conversations thrown in. He was very patient with me and my picture-taking. He was patient with my nerves when I had to take my test. My tears of joy and big hugs upon completing. I am sure he doesn’t have to put up with all of that nonsense with most of his inspections. That is how I am and he was gracious with my quirks.
My plan is to be at Hanford’s Farmers Market next Thursday. I am very excited to actually make a batch of cheese in my approved cheese plant. (That always makes me smile to say as it really is a cheese “room”) but nonetheless, I have a plant number.
I also will be busy marketing my cheese and starting a whole new venture! I realize that this is where the real work begins. Not so much the “making” of the cheese, but getting it out there for people to enjoy and hopefully purchase. I look forward to reporting my first market back to you! Don’t forget if you are at the Hanford Marketplace on Thursday please stop by! I look forward to getting out there and sharing my cheese with you!
Along with this gratifying week as a cheese maker. I got to see an ultra sound video of Chica’s calf. This was taken at 54 days. What a miracle it is! I have watched over and over the little calf “floating” inside of Chica. Notice the little hooves, tail, and nose. I have to admit it brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. It brings me back to my appreciation of life’s circle. I mean, a cow has a calf. We get milk from her and with that milk we are able to make delicious and nutritious dairy products, and for me, most importantly, I can make cheese!
Life is a beautiful miracle!