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Complete guide to running and building a small, farm based cheese business
on June 19, 2010
Thinking of building a farmstead cheese business? This book is a must! The Farmstead Creamery Advisor contains a wealth of information about the small farmstead creamery from start to finish. Published just two months before we break ground on our own building, this book saved me weeks and weeks of research and answered virtually all of my questions (questions I should have been asking were also answered). I am also sure it saved us a lot of money!
The book is also a great read, it is thoughtful and engaging. Taking great ideas from many different sources, it becomes a study in `best practices'. I loved all the photos of dairies across the U.S., the behind the scene views you don't find in publicity or website shots. There are side notes offering in depth explanations, ingenious tips, and the must do of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. Unlike the PMO and other official guides, this book tells it plain English and with illustrations. It is understandable and workable.
The details throughout the book are amazing: a useful milk can storage rack from Vermont's Lazy Lady Farm, a sump pump removing whey from Alabama's Sweet Home Farm, chemical guides, hot water heater comparisons, quality assurance and safety tests and procedures, even sources and suppliers, just as examples. The details extend into the financial and business aspects as well. This resource has given me much confidence as we proceed with our business. I have even recommended it to the state dairy inspector. It is a thorough and complete guide and a great reference for anyone involved in the field. I will use it for years to come. This book will get us up and running sooner and smoother -- thanks to Gianaclis Caldwell from Pholia Farm!
Chiva Risa Ranch, Arizona