Beginning a Farmstead Micro-Creamery Field Day

Here’s an opportunity to see how a Wisconsin market farm set up a micro-creamery to craft artisanal cheeses for its full-plate CSA. This event is free and includes lunch from Farm Table Restaurant featuring Cosmic Wheel Cheese and other locally grown, seasonal food. For more information and to register, click here.

Josh Bryceson and Rama Hoffpauir began Turnip Rock CSA in 2009 and Cosmic Wheel Creamery in 2015. Turnip Rock CSA began as a vegetable CSA and later added eggs, meat, and finally cheese to their offerings while creating a whole-farm ecosystem with each endeavor complimenting the other.

As commodity milk prices remain depressed and the consolidation of dairy continues to push small producers out of business, established dairy farmers as well as those hoping to begin dairy farming are looking into value-added dairy ventures. Cosmic Wheel Creamery/Turnip Rock Farm is a micro-dairy that processes the milk from 20 grass-fed cows on the farm into artisanal cheese that is direct-marketed via CSA and farmers markets.

During this MOSES event, tour the farm and creamery, and hear how the farmers integrated the dairy into their existing business—and how much they love their decision to milk just once a day and only seasonally. Lunch will be provided by local Amery, Wis., restaurant Farm Table, which sources local farm produce and proteins, including Cosmic Wheel cheese, for their meals.

Topics:

  • What to consider before adding a micro-creamery
  • The art of making artisanal cheese
  • Regulations and marketing
  • Seasonal milking