Ricki’s Dehydration Station Ricki is not only the Cheese Queen – she’s the Royal Dehydrator. In the last few years, she has dried apples, peaches, bananas, pineapple, tomatoes, kale and just about every herb there is. Now, at the end of the growing season here in New England, she’s busy dehydrating about a million pears. Why pears? Over 40 years ago, when they first bought
Two years ago, Ricki started working on an old shed in the back of her yard which, at one time, had been a barn for her goats. One thing led to another, and, over time, this barn has become more and more beautiful. It’s nowhere near done, but we thought you might like to see the progress. (For last year’s article- click here.) Just to
This year we carried on with our tradition of inviting the veterans who work on our team (assembling our kits, etc) to come from their workshop in Leeds* to our shop in Whately for a holiday party, with food, song and bingo. We really appreciate the work they do for us and it’s fun for us to have the opportunity to get to know them
It’s been 6 years since the Cheese Queen first heard about a program for veterans called the Compensated Work Therapy Workshop. She contacted the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare Center in Leeds and with the help of one of their vocational counselors, Tom Haskell, she transferred some of our assembly work to the program. Through the years, we have gotten to know many of our
Tuesday, September 22nd Ricki traveled to our Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston for the public hearing on a bill which would require labeling of GMO (genetically modified) products. This is not a bill that would restrict the use of GMOs, it is simply a bill which would require companies to label their products. It was a long hearing and Ricki waited 3 1/2 hours to speak.
The 2015 American Cheese Society Conference was in Providence, Rhode Island this year (the 32nd annual conference). NECS almost always has a sponsor’s table , so we can meet cheese makers and retailers, attend sessions and participate in fun activities. If you haven’t been to one of these fabulous conferences, check out next year’s in Des Moines, Iowa and stop by our table to say
This summer Ricki was invited to be one of the featured gardens in the Franklin Land Trust’s 24th Annual Farm & Garden Tour. This was a great honor and Ricki worked hard to prepare for the event in the days preceding the tour. On the day itself, there were over 200 attendees! The description of her place on the Land Trust’s website reads: A one-of-a-kind
Ida, Angie, April, Sarah, Ricki, and Kathy Many folks don’t realize that our Cheese Queen is an artist (see previous article). She has worked with all kinds of media, but in the last few years, she has been making mosaics from stones, glass beads, jewelry, pieces of mirror and mardi gras beads. This winter, she has been holed up in her basement for days at