December 28, 2014

It is the end of a very long year…..there have been a lot of lessons.  In the hope that we have learned from our mistakes we head into 2015 with renewed courage and HUGE plans.

Black Sheep Creamery will have a home in town.

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It will be several months as we need to get through lambing season as well as do some major construction to the manufacturing area for the cheese.  But,  drumroll please, this means we get to move the cheese production facility….out of the floodplain!

Will the flood of 2007 ever happen again?  Who knows, but it is a worry every winter.  We also will make the FDA and WSDA very happy as they do not like the cheese being made on the farm itself.  The Cheese room will be far removed from the animals.  The move was precipitated by a common desire to milk sheep more economically.  Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese and ourselves milk our dairy flocks each season hiring people in partime split shifts.  It was sometimes hard to find people to fill these positions and even harder for them if they were not occupied all day.  by combining our flocks we will be able to utilize employees better, and we will use less chemicals to clean up; twice a day on one farm rather than 4 times a day on two.

Brad will be able to concentrate on making cheese.  We hired a cheesemaker this year hoping Brad would be able to get to more farming and the cheese was still taking over.  This way we hire a farmer who already knows how to farm and the learning curve will be shallower….He will still need to learn to milk sheep, not many folks have that on their resume!

All very scary and totally exciting at the same time!

  7 comments for “December 28, 2014

  1. Robin
    December 29, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Very happy for you, I can'[t wait to come buy cheese

  2. Susanne Weil
    December 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Good luck! Love your booth at the Chehalis Farmers’ Market.

  3. Carrie Johnson
    December 31, 2014 at 6:03 am

    So excited for this move and focus for you!

  4. Evelyn Viles
    December 31, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Please put me on your contact list so that I can stay informed. I have an allergy to cows milk and things made with cows milk. I am very happy to know that I can still have the good stuff through the sheep milk. Thank you.

    • January 1, 2015 at 1:53 am

      We are still open on the farm on Saturdays 10 to 4 and if you are local we try to keep it in stock at Jeremy’s Market and Heymann’s Winery
      but look for the cheese downtown sometime next summer!

  5. gretchen
    January 6, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Great new website guys. Glad you get to move forward. Hopefully we can check it all out this summer. Yarn looks yummy. Gotta send pics of the hats my friend made with your pattern and wool….superb! love gretchen

  6. My Cheese Shoppe
    January 12, 2015 at 1:27 am

    So happy for you guys!! Congratulations!!!

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