Producer Visits

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A visit to Mike Thomson’s dairy; creator of Young Buck Blue

“This room is not for me”, stated my four-year-old daughter, Mary, as she entered the final ageing room where Young Buck Blue is matured. You could understand why – the…

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Killeen Cheese

Producer Focus: A visit to Killeen Cheese

Stuck deep within rural Ireland is the small market town of Portumna. It is near here, on a small family-owned farm, that one of the finest goats’ milk cheeses is…

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New Cheesemonger Louise visits Stichelton Dairy

Read how about The Courtyard Dairy’s newest recruit – Louise Pauley went to help make Stichelton cheese earlier this year, and what she loved about the place. “I’ve decided that…

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A video visit to Stichelton

Joe Schneider wanted to make a raw-milk (unpasteurised) Stilton and so set up a small dairy in partnership with the Wellbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire in 2006. Unable to call it…

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Corleggy Cheeses

The 1980s pioneer in Irish artisan cheese – a visit to Corleggy Cheeses

Hidden amongst the forest and lakes on the border between Northern and Southern Ireland is an idyllic small cottage.  Here lies a truly inspirational cheese-maker; one of the pioneers of…

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Sam visits Botton Village to make Alpine-style Summer Field

A year ago, cheesemonger Sam went out to Botton Village to make Summer Field Alpine cheese. Here’s the story of his visit, learning about Botton Village’s unique way of farming…

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Dorstone Cheese

Watch Dorstone and Finn being made…

Charlie Westhead was one of the pioneers in artisan cheesemaking in the UK. This short video tells the story of his cheesemaking business and his famous cheeses: Ragstone, Dorstone and…

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How to make cheese

How is cheese made? A basic outline.

How to make cheese? The transformation of milk into cheese is one of the brilliant achievements of humankind. It enables us to take a product that spoils fast at ambient…

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St James Cheese

St James Cheese – a video visit to Holker Farm

Martin Gott and Nicola Robinson farm a small herd of 110 Lacaune sheep in South Cumbria (England). Since 2006 Martin and Nicola have used their fabulous milk to make St…

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Kirkham's Lancashire Cheese Store

Simon visits Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheeses!

Last month, along with my colleague Sam, I met Andy at the Courtyard Dairy ready to set off for a day of fun-filled excitement making Kirkham’s Lancashire. Even though I…

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Botton Village Cheese

Simon visits Botton Village to make cheese!

Earlier this year The Courtyard Dairy visited Botton Village Creamery. Botton is part of the Camphill Village Trust (CVT), and was the first and still largest Camphill created. Below is…

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Fellstone Cheese

Creating a brand new cheese at Whin Yeats farm, a definite cheese to watch…

In early 2015 a young couple named Tom and Clare Noblet visited The Courtyard Dairy at Settle and told Andy Swinscoe and his team of their intention of starting to…

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