FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I HAVE TO CALL BEFORE VISITING?
No, just come when we're open, pick up a self-guided tour map at the front gate or the store and explore the farm yourself. Guided tours are unavailable at this time.
DO YOU SELL BUTTER OR CREAM?
Unfortunately no - we don't currently have the space or equipment needed for those products but if that changes you'll be the first to know!
HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY CHEESE?
Your cheese is happy wrapped tightly in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it. Serve fresh cheese, like Fromage Frais cold. For most other cheeses, unwrap a few minutes before serving to allow it to warm up slightly which activates the subtle flavours. Cheese can be resealed in a glass container or wrapped in parchment paper or beeswax wraps.
DO YOU SELL RAW MILK?
No, in Canada, the sale of raw milk is prohibited. Our milk-on-tap dispenser features pasteurized, non-homogeonized, grass-fed milk.
HOW LONG DOES CHEESE LAST?
HOW CAN I BUY YOUR CHEESE WHOLESALE?
WHAT IS THERE TO DO?
1. Meet our animals; we have cows, calves, sheep, goats, llamas, amd rabbits. You can go right into the rabbit hutch, and during the summer, right into the "kritter korner" where the sheep, goats, and llamas live.
IS THERE AN ADMISSION FEE?
No! Our whole farm is available to visit, with the help of a self-guided tour map, for free whenever we are open.
IS YOUR CHEESE VEGETARIAN?
We do not use any animal rennet in our cheese - instead we use a synthetic alternative that appears on our label as "enzyme". That means all but one of our cheeses are vegetarian. The one exception is our Feta (and Sunshine Feta) which does contain an enzyme called lipase derived from sheep.
DO YOU SELL CHEESEMAKING SUPPLIES?
We do not sell individual cheesemaking ingredients but we do sell wonderful cheesemaking kits by Canadian company, makecheese.ca. These kits contain microbial cultures, rennet tablets, and everything else you need (minus milk) to start making cheese at home.
IS YOUR CHEESE SAFE TO EAT WHILE PREGNANT?
DO YOU SELL MANURE?
No, we use all our cows' manure to fertilize our own fields.
IS YOUR CHEESE GLUTEN FREE?
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your friendly, leashed dog around the outdoor areas of our farm. Please note, we have one unleashed farm dog on the property.
DO YOU FEED PALM FAT TO YOUR COWS?
No, we do not feed any palm fat or other palm byproducts to our cows. The bulk of of our cows' diet is made up of grass from our own fields and supplemented with alfalfa hay and a selection of grains chosen by our nutritionist specifically to meet our cows' nutritional needs.
IS THE MILK DISPENSER OPEN WHEN YOUR STORE IS CLOSED?
Our store and farm are open 10am-5pm every day, however our milk dispenser is available from 7am-7pm.
DO YOU USE ANY PESTICIDE OR HERBICIDE ON YOUR CROPS?
No. While we do feed some conventional grain to suppliment our cows' diet, we do not use any pesticides or herbicides on our own fields.
DO YOU PRACTICE BIODIVERSITY?
We do our best to cultivate biodiversity on our farm by leaving large areas of protected forests, creeks, and ponds. Our farm is home to thousands of year-round and migratory birds and water foul, mule deer, rabbits, beavers, river otters, mink, muskrats, and more. We also choose to grow permanent pasture rather than annual crops to increase soil health, microbial biodiversity, carbon sequestration and water retention.
DO YOU USE ANY ANTIBIOTICS?
We rarely use antibiotics and only when prescribed by our vet to treat an infection. The milk from a cow being treated is withheld for several days after the treatment course to ensure no antibiotics enter the milk supply, as is required by law on all Canadian dairy farms.