Cheesemaking Workshops

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We’re developing cheesemaking workshops in fall and winter of 2023-24.  We’d love your input. Please answer our survey here.

Upcoming Workshops:


*** Make Cheese Gifts for Christmas! ***

CHEESE FOR THE HOLIDAYS CAPERCAILLIE In this class, we will make feta and a soft cheese in the morning, and we will then marinate in olive oil in jars in the afternoon. If time, we will also make cheese balls. Thursday, December 14, at Stone Fox Farm Creamery, Searsport,  Maine – 9 to 4.

More information here. Sign up and pruchasse your sapcew here.

Also Coming Soon :

Mozzarella and Ricotta, University of Maine, Orono, TBA

Basics of Hard Cheese, Pineland Farms, Bangor, TBA

Kids, mozzarella, and pizza, Uproot Pie Co., Thomaston, probably February vacation 2024

Got any ideas for future classes? Please drop us an email!

Consulting Services:

● How to Make A Living Running a Farmstead Creamery
● Calves, Kids, Manure & Whey – Planning for the Unexpected on a Farmstead Creamery
● Direct Sales- What You Need to Know to Last at a Farmers’ Market
● Training the Next Generation – How to Build a Successful On-Farm Apprentice Program
● Planning for Senior Farming: Strategies to keep going
● Finding your Niche: what cheese to make and where to sell it

Learn more about my consulting services here.

Skills & Expertise:

● Barn design;
● Creamery set-up & layout;
● Goat management, health & breeding; kid rearing
● Packaging / merchandising;
● Food Law including Maine, Federal and FSMA requirements;
● Equipment evaluation, selection and operation;
● Human Resources Management and mentorship
● Cheese Recipe development

Capercaillie Consulting

Email: capercaillieconsults@gmail.com

Caitlin Hunter Bio

Caitlin-Hunter-groundbreakerCaitlin Hunter got her first goats in 1979, in another life, in another part of Maine. By 1981, she had begun making cheese and selling it at a local farmers’ market she started. In those days, cheese could legally be made in your kitchen with a Home Food Processing License. She developed her initial line of soft cheeses in those first years.

Fast forward a few years, to 1990, to Appleton, a second marriage, a new flock of goats. A few years were spent building the barn, the herd, the brand, and final state licensing for Appleton Creamery was realized in September 1994. Our first farmers’ markets were the Belfast Farmers’ Market and the Camden Farmers’ Market in 1995, and we never looked back. With help from MOFGA, Caitlin and a handful of other cheese makers came together and launched the Maine Cheese Guild in 2003. With the introduction of advanced cheese making classes in Maine through the Guild, the skill set of Maine cheese makers soared, and Maine artisan cheese took off.

For the last 16 years, Caitlin has taught cheese making classes, both in her dairy and around the state, and welcomed apprentices on her farm. In 2020, with  thirty plus farm years of farm life taking their toll, Caitlin was forced to give up milking goats due to advanced arthritis, and closed Appleton Creamery to enjoy retired life with her husband Brad and offer her knowledge to the industry by hanging out her shingle as Capercaillie Consulting.

Appleton Creamery in Winter
Appleton Creamery in Winter

In August 2021  she moved to  Belfast Maine with her husband Brad, a few hens,  her favorite rooster and pet animal pals Holly, Thistle and William.