Belfast Farmers’ Market is a favorite outlet for Appleton Creamery, a 60+ goat dairy in Appleton Maine operated by Caitlin, Brad and Fiona Hunter, and various apprentices and local folks.
Hunter has been selling her cheese at Belfast Farmers’ Market since the early 1990’s, and herding goats and making cheese for more than thirty years.
Appleton Creamery cheese is available straight from its maker all year round at the Belfast Farmers’ Market, going indoors through the winter at Aubuchon Hardware greenhouse in late October.
Hunter makes well over 20 variations of cheese, depending on the season, from fresh chèvre in oil, her signature product and a national award winner, a gouda style with cumin seeds.
A limited assortment of Appleton Creamery cheeses may also be found at the Belfast Coop, and at several Camden-Rockland area retail outlets. The best selection is always found at Farmers’ Markets. the creamery also sells at Rockland, Union, Bath, and Damariscotta Markets.
In the slower late winter and early spring months, Hunter offers cheese-making workshops at the Creamery in Appleton. Some titles from last year: Italian Fun, Basics of Goat Cheese, Home Cheesemaking, Basics of Hard Cheese and French Fun. Learn more about Appleton Creamery workshops here.
In 2016 with the help of a State of Maine grant, Appleton Creamery and ME Water Buffalo Co. (also a member of Belfast Farmers’ Market) launched the Appleton Cheese Trial, a Saturday outing to dairies, winemakers and other agricultural attractions in the Appleton-Union area of Midcoast Maine. Appleton Creamery is open at the farm every Saturday through October, and many Sundays. Find more details on the Appleton Cheese Trail page above or at appletoncreamery.com.
The farm is also a popular stop on Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend, participating in the Maine Cheese Guild‘s Annual Open Creamery Day, October 9th. This year Hunter will also be offering her cheeses at another Guild sponsored event, The Maine Cheese Festival being held this year at Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery (also a member of Belfast Farmers’ Market) in Union on Sunday October 16.