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Monthly Archives: February 2015

The BIG 100

This Spring, we hit a big milestone for our little Creamery by the bay – our 100th batch of cheese!    While it doesn’t sound like much, when there are only two of you and a make day starts at 0500 and doesn’t end for 12-15 hours, it’s pretty dang cool!

Using what we’ve learned during those 100 makes, we’ve been able to streamline the process (always best if a new pump or piece of stainless is needed) and now down on the 12 hour day side. Just to qualify, that’s from milk collection to completion of clean up. That would be why I always smile when customers ask how many times a day we make cheese.

We’ve also started something a little different.

Starting with a make that happened on our youngest daughter’s birthday, each batch now has a special name attached.

Some are sentimental, like Nelly’s birthdayNelly Cheese or MOZ, MOZ cheesewhen my brother helped out with a make.

The BIG 100, Batch 100!which also happens to be a new cheese we’ll be introducing this summer, and the following batch 101,Dbl Ereaux were our first double make week of the year that also had the great fortune of a dear friend’s assistance, offering to be stirboy, cheesehand, etc. and, truly the only reason we were able to achieve the double make week success! Thank you, Jeeeem!

Now, as I flip the cheeses down in the vault, I have a little extra remembrance attached to each of these new batches – especially the latest arrival of last week, a tribute to a delightfully wonderful person in our life. Happy Birthday, Auntie Boo – how we wish we were able to be with you to celebrate!Boo90

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Local lore in film form

When we’re not cheezing, we often find adventures to keep us somewhat out of trouble. One of the latest was entered into our local Cinemafest http://www.flicpolson.com/ and won a special award from the Judges. Take a gander and you’ll see many a local Polson establishment. If you’re not from around here, think of them as destinations you’ll strangely know when find yourself our way.

Just like when we were kids, most of the best times are when you have to make them up yourselves!

The Raving is the tale of a desperately hungry fellow and his quest to quench his desire for that which is said to be finger licking. His hopes are dashed repeatedly but being a resourceful gent, he moves onward to his next disappointment with aplomb only to discover, well, I’m giving the ending away!!

Shot in a single morning, the sky becomes the star once you’ve laughed yourself out watching Mike and listening to Joe. It’s worth watching several times to see all the nuances a tiny film can have. Ansel Adams would have lived here in Polson had he seen this flic!

If you look closely, you can see our fearless writer, editor, photographer, idea man in the window of several shots mid film.

To date, I believe my favorite response has been from Mrs Lozar’s second grade class that wondered why he didn’t just eat his hat – it’s made of cheese?!? Side Note: Not Flathead Lake Cheese cheese, mind you, just plain ol’ Green Bay Packer’s cheese.

Yup, we’re hooked on having fun and have quite a few more ideas on the table. Now we just have to get those props together.

Say, has anyone seen my minor’s hat?

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