August is National Goat Cheese Month

Appleton Creamery ChevreIn honor of National Goat Cheese Month, we’re featuring Appleton Creamery, one of Maine’s finest goat cheese makers.

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.

Appleton Creamery Cheeses

Stop by market and pick up this card with just a few of Appleton Creamery’s more than fifteen cheeses. Descriptions are on the back.

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.

Appleton Creamery Cheeses

 

 

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17th Annual National Farmers’ Market Week

plein-air artist at workThis week is designated by the USDA as National Farmers’ Market Week to “…honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.” As an adjunct to that proclamation and celebration, the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets has planned many special promotional activities at markets throughout the state of Maine. Most notable is their “Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week”–an effort to generate a trove of photographs and testimonials that reflect the  interaction and importance of Maine farmers’ markets to their customers, communities and farms. Here’s a press release from the Federation.

At many markets, volunteers will be working to find willing participants who will allow their photographs to be take and used by the Federation for market promotions. A signed use and copyright release form will be required by each subject photographed. You can help promote Belfast Farmers’ Market and assist the Federation with its ongoing work in developing and promoting farmers’ markets in Maine by offering yourself up as a photo subject at market this Friday, August 12. Stop by the Appleton Creamery stall and ask for Jennifer. She’ll be doing some photographing.  Check in with Kevin at Hubbard Brook Farm and Baskets  and the SNAP Kid’s Club table for more celebration week activities.

Here’s a link showing what you can do as a Maine market shopper.

In association with Snapshot Week, we invite you to share your own photos taken at market or related to market products and farms on social media. Use the hashtags:  #lovemainemarkets and #MeSnapshotWeek.

Entertainment at market this week by Mike and Susie Faye

 

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Blueberries and Belfast Bay Fiddlers

This Week at Market

Burke Hill Farm

Burke Hill Farm – MOFGA Certified Wild Maine Blueberries, first of  the season.

Belfast Bay Fiddlers

Belfast Bay Fiddlers entertains us again Friday August 5. What a lively group of musicians.

 

• Next week is Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week and we’ll have more on that in the next post.

• August is National Goat Cheese Month. We’ll be talking about that too! Check back in early next week.

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