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Summer at the Creamery

Summer Open House 2014

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208 1st Ave E
Polson, MT
North towards the lake on 2nd St E and then right on 1st Ave E.

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The perfect cheese gifts are found here

My high hopes of having the on line ordering completed in time for Christmas seem to be just be hopes. You can still order our cheeses, the old fashioned way. 406.883.0343

Here is what we’re offering this season:

Two Pack

Taste of Two

 Starring our Doorstops: Natural and Wisp o’ Smoke.

A great introduction to our cheeses.  (15-18oz)


Single Quarter

Quarter Doorstop

 Large enough to share, if you have to. (18-22oz)

Doorstop            
Wisp o’ Smoke  
Hoppin’ Mad    
Big Chai        


Sampler Box

Sampler Pack

No need to decide when you can have a piece of each of our cheeses.  (29-35oz)  


Full Quarter SamplerFull Quarter Pack

Larger pieces of our cheeses. Enough for party platters

and leftovers for you.  (76-82oz)


Full Round Gift BoxWhole Round Doorstop

Joe suggested we call them ‘Baby New Year’ and it’s a

resolution and tradition you can sink your teeth in to! (76-82oz)

Doorstop                
Wisp o’ Smoke        
Hoppin’ Mad   
Big Chai          


Big Chai Gift Package

Our latest creation comes in its own indulgent gift package.

Comes with a wedge of Big Chai Gouda (18-22oz), Tipu’s Chai Now, unsweetened Black Chai Tea (4 oz) and your choice of 4 locally made cup shape options:

*Please note: Quantities are extremely limited and are first call, first serve.


Deluxe Gift Package

Make a stylish statement serving our cheeses on a one of a kind, locally made art glass platter. Along with your choice of platter, this package includes quarter of each of our cheeses. (76-82oz)

*Please note: Quantities are extremely limited and are first call, first serve.                                        


Shipping

flat rate of $17.00 per package anywhere in the United States.

Gift Wrapping

One of our fabulous FLC patches on an even more fabulous Hawaiian Shirt.

The collection of vintage/fun/downright cool Hawaiian shirts that we have amassed range from the 1960s to today and going off the size listed isn’t that effective so we’ve come up with width and lengths to choose from.  We’ve measured from shoulder seam to shoulder seam (where the sleeves begin) and the length of the back panel in an attempt to conform the sizes. Confession: still haven’t gotten a chance to measure them so, until posted,  give us a call for sizes. We’ll choose the pattern and color from there.

P.S. – we sent this example out last year.

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Ruminations on the perfect gift

It’s that time of year again when one should mull over one’s gift ideas before the season kicks in and one goes into panic mode. It’s my goal every year – one I don’t always achieve but, boy, do I attempt it!

So, rather than wait while the webmasters work their magic adding on line ordering, we thought we’d post what we will be offering this Holiday season. Gives one time to ponder their gift list and, if you see something in the limited edition categories, you can grab it before it even gets posted!

Along with the gift boxes listed below, we offer different size cheese platters. Perfect for home or office events. Call me directly to discuss.

OK, you’ve got to call to order too. 406.883.0343


Two Pack

Taste of Two

 Starring our Doorstops: Natural and Wisp o’ Smoke.

A great introduction to our cheeses.  (15-18oz)

$20.00   Gift wrapped – $30.00


Single Quarter

Quarter Doorstop

 Large enough to share, if you have to. (18-22oz)

Doorstop             $25.00                  Gift wrapped – $35.00

Wisp o’ Smoke   $30.00                  Gift wrapped – $40.00

Hoppin’ Mad      $30.00                  Gift wrapped – $40.00

Big Chai             $30.00                   Gift wrapped – $40.00


Sampler Box

Sampler Pack

No need to decide when you can have a piece of each of our cheeses.  (29-35oz)                                                       $45.00                     Gift wrapped – $55.00


Full Quarter SamplerFull Quarter Pack

Larger pieces of our cheeses. Enough for party platters

and leftovers for you.  (76-82oz)

$100.00                    Gift wrapped – $110.00


Full Round Gift BoxWhole Round Doorstop

Joe suggested we call them ‘Baby New Year’ and it’s a

resolution and tradition you can sink your teeth in to! (76-82oz)

Doorstop                    $95.00                Gift wrapped – $105.00

Wisp o’ Smoke           $110.00                 Gift wrapped – $120.00

Hoppin’ Mad     $110.00           Gift wrapped – $120.00

Big Chai             $110.00           Gift wrapped – $120.00


Big Chai Gift Package

Our latest creation comes in its own indulgent gift package.

Comes with a wedge of Big Chai Gouda (18-22oz), Tipu’s Chai Now, unsweetened Black Chai Tea (4 oz) and your choice of 4 locally made cup shape options:

$40.00           Gift wrapped – $50.00

*Please note: Quantities are extremely limited and are first call, first serve.


Deluxe Gift Package

Make a stylish statement serving our cheeses on a one of a kind, locally made art glass platter. Along with your choice of platter, this package includes quarter of each of our cheeses. (76-82oz)

*Please note: Quantities are extremely limited and are first call, first serve.                                          $150.00                    Gift wrapped – $160.00


Gift Wrapping

One of our fabulous FLC patches on an even more fabulous Hawaiian Shirt.

The collection of vintage/fun/downright cool Hawaiian shirts that we have amassed range from the 1960s to today and going off the size listed isn’t that effective so we’ve come up with width and lengths to choose from.  We’ve measured from shoulder seam to shoulder seam (where the sleeves begin) and the length of the back panel in an attempt to conform the sizes. Confession: still haven’t gotten a chance to measure them so, until posted,  give us a call for sizes. We’ll choose the pattern and color from there.

P.S. – we sent this example out last year.

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Behind the scenes of a cheesy photoshoot

Thru 4Nov13 2 005All the photos have been taken and sent to the webmaster. Soon the on line store will be up and running – just in time for the Holiday season. Of course, I’d planned on this happening this time last year but, hey, it’s going to happen this year!

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The Holidays are coming, the Holidays are coming

With the Farmer’s Market season finally put to bed, we’ve turned our full attention to our Holiday Gift boxes. We’ll be offering several beautiful one of a kind gift options as well as limited quantity packages, sampler packs, smaller grab and go gifts. So many options.

Keep an eye out here for updates!

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Let’s talk Feta

This week is devoted to all that fabulous fresh produce coming out of the gardens and Farmer’s Markets. How can you have a salad without Feta?JHS Feta Round Label png SmallWe keep ours in a brine solution so it stays creamy yet still crumbly. It’s the perfect environment for the cheese and you can taste the difference.

OK, I know what most folks are thinking and now is the time to point out a few Feta facts.

It is more than just a salad cheese or even a summer cheese. Yes, it does make those zucchinis and crook neck squash left at your door that much tastier or the greens that keep growing in the garden but it will soon be time to think fall and winter foods.

Feta makes a great salt replacement on anything you might sprinkle on your plate – soups, stews, scrambled eggs, steamed veggies – we’ve even added it to Mac and Cheese.

While it will never be a cracker cheese, it’s so much more than salads and Gyros!

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Tell me about that cheese please

Perhaps it’s the heat, perhaps it’s just me but I’ve finally realized I have been missing out on a great opportunity to share.

We work with Western Montana Growers Cooperative, a local distribution center up here in our corner of the world and are also part of their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) baskets of fresh foods. Twice a month, those who have the cheese share receive a piece of our cheese and a little write up about the item we’ve sent along.

Sheesh.  I could be sharing that info with you. I’m a little behind as I just wrote my 6th installment so expect something new to read on a far more regular basis.

If you’ve never heard of or have yet to try joining a CSA program in your area, here is WMGC’s site, http://www.wmgcoop.com/, for you to look around and peak your interest in eating local. Of course, purchasing artisanal cheeses on line (yes, I promise, it’s coming soon!!) is still quite acceptable and not quite the same as local produce. There are incrementally fewer of us. Now I’m just rambling. Here’s the first of cheese notes talking about our signature aged Gouda – Doorstop.DoorstopLargejpg

Greetings from Flathead Lake Cheese

Since we are just into our first full year of operation, we thought it would be nice to introduce our cheeses to you. Today you’ve got a piece of Doorstop Gouda. Odd name? Well there’s a story to go with it. Waiting for our test batches to age 6 to 8 month to come to full flavor, Joe quipped, “Heck, if they don’t work out, we can always use ‘em for doorstops.” The cheese worked great and the name stuck, too.

Now you’re probably looking at it wondering where the wax went. Well, we choose to use a polymer coating on our cheeses which allows for moisture dissipation.  This results in a drier, more complex flavor.

The Doorstop we cut for you is nearing 11 months in age and has formed a lovely crystal crunch. Those are lactic acid crystals that give it a wonderful bite.

While the coating is edible, it is far from the best part of the cheese and we’d suggest you cut it away and if you find the edges under the coating a little hard or dry – don’t toss them out, they grate quite nicely. In fact, I’ve been using them rather than a Parmigianino Reggiano. Yum!

Wendi and Joe, Flathead Lake Cheese

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Open House Saturday, 6Jul

We are hosting our first Open House of the year tomorrow, the 6th of July, from 10 AM to 4 PM. You’re in the area, right? OK, so time management seems to have failed me but at least I’m a day ahead!

The Creamery has been tidied up, the cheeses have been cut and the tents go up tomorrow morning. We’re at 208 1st Ave E here in Polson. Thru 16Jan13 013Look for the dancing Cheese head on the corner of Hwy 93 and 2nd Street E leading you north towards the lake. Signs will direct you to turn right onto 1st Ave E. Beware that it is a dead end and not all that big so parking will be directed (thank goodness for friends!!) and you may have to park a bit away but it’s all fairly close and definitely worth the walk.

We’re setting up a Hospitality tent where refreshments will be offered while you wait for the next tour to begin. Joe does such a lovely job reviewing how we built the facility, the make up of our Solar Thermal array and what it does for us, as well as the pasteurization and make process involved in the creation of cheese – he’s the best tour host ever.

I’ll be outside under the big yellow tent we use for Farmer’s Markets offering up samples of the cheese we make. You can try them all and even take home a few pieces – they’ll be for sale, along with our signature FLC Logo patched Hawaiian shirts (offered for the first time this season). We loved the idea of recycling just once more (Joe will explain the others) with classic Hawaiian shirts with our logo patches on them rather than creating new t-shirts.

It’s great fun and we hope to see you. If it’s just not in the cards for you to travel to Polson in the next few hours, fear not. We have a walk up window and would love to see you anytime Monday through Saturday from 9-5 or at one of the many Farmer’s Markets we  participate in.

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June in NW Montana

DSCN4828June in NW Montana – the first week’s weather forecast gave us the first promise of a full warm week – one of the more exciting aspects of it already being the 6th month of the year. Yet here we are, back to chilly and wet. Yup, June in Montana. Either warm or cool, we’re in full swing with our summer season.

 

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December Open House

So much has happened in our first full year of operation and we’d like to thank everyone who has been part of our success. The two open houses we hosted between Thanksgiving and Christmas were great fun and we plan on having another on the 6th of July. I like the idea of all of us, with houses full of family and friends on the Holidays having something fun and different to do.

 

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Whitefish Farmer’s Market

We’re also back at the Farmer’s Markets. This year finds us expanding to four different locations.

–       Whitefish Farmer’s Market on Tuesday afternoons from 5:00 – 7:30 pm nestled between the Train Station and the Brewery.

–       Polson Farmer’s Market on Friday mornings from 9:00 – 1:00 pm on Main and 3rd St West. (We’ll also be offering a friend’s Free Range Chicken Eggs – they’re fabulous!)

–       Kalispell Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 12:45 pm at its new location at Flathead Valley Community College (we’re in the north lot).

–       Clark Fork Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings from 8:00 – 1: pm under the Higgins Bridge in the Riverside Parking Lot. A bonus of this market is that there are 3 separate markets all linked by a trolley line.

 

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Walk Up Window Pointer

We also have our ‘walk up’ window installed and do our best to be there Monday – Saturday from 9:00 – 5:00 pm. When we built the Creamery, we had no idea that folks would be so interested in seeing the place. Things being the way they are, there are times when neither of us nor our helper are available so, if you’re coming a ways to visit us, please call ahead so we can make sure we’re here!

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Excitement

So you have these big ideas – this website being one of mine. ‘Oh, sure’, you think,’I can update that thing everyday, heck, twice a day. Keep it fresh and fun.’ Well, here it’s been over two months since I’ve visited my own website. How ghastly of me! That task master called time seems to have scooped up nearly the first months of the year filling it with the prescient and non – income taxes and much cheese making, death and broken bones in the family – and, while they will continue, I seem to have found a bit more centeredness to my life and the need to share some of the excitements that have come our way.

Twister

Twister – a Jersey, Holstein cross

We had a fantastic visit with two new farmers to our valley who plan to start a dairy. In fact, after our visit, they were on their way to pick up their second calf reminding me to enjoy the adventure and feel the excitement of what every day has to offer.

Connie and Beignet, a Jersey girl

Connie and Beignet, a Jersey girl

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  • August 24, 2017 10:00 AMto 5pm Creamery Open
  • August 25, 2017 9:00 AMto 1pm Polson Farmer's Market
  • August 28, 2017 10:00 AMto 5pm Creamery Open
  • August 30, 2017 10:00 AMto 5pm Creamery Open
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