Local cheesemaking farms offer progressive tour

Kel Grey of The Pines

The Kiama Farmers’ Market has devised a novel way to raise money to fund much needed reinvestment in its market infrastructure.

“We’ve been going five years now, and some of our equipment is reaching the end of its life,” says the Market’s Manager, Tricia Ashelford.

“We have come up with a unique experience to offer people, with the support of three founding members of our Market – The Pines, Pecora Dairy and Buena Vista Farm.”

Only Pecora was making its sheeps cheese when the market started, but now Buena Vista and The Pines are also producing cheese on their farms.

“The Pines, of course, is making its cheese from cow’s milk and Buena Vista from the milk of its newly established goat herd,” says Tricia.

“As none of the dairies are open to the public, we came up with the idea of a special progressive tour so that people could visit all three farms and learn about the land they manage, the animals they care for and how award winning cheese is produced.

“As an extra bonus, all of the farms are amazingly beautiful, with Pecora nestled in a forest near the Illawarra Fly, The Pines on the foothill of Saddleback Mountain and Buena Vista on the coast at Gerringong.”

The self-drive tour will allow a limited amount of people (warning, tickets are selling fast) to visit all three dairies on the one day, with abundant sampling of produce along the way.

“The day will start up at Pecora and end with a BYO picnic at Buena Vista Farm, the last stop on the tour,” explains Tricia.

Details: Sunday 10 November. Tickets $95, available from trybooking.com – search for Three Farms Cheese Tour

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