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HCF Collaborator Chapel Hill Creamery

Posted 6/3/2014 10:47am by Judy Lessler.

Farm Notes: Chapel Hill Creamery is one of our collaborators in the CSA. It is run by Flo Hawley and Portia McKnight. After 15 to 20 year careers at Whole Foods, Flo and Portia wanted to change the focus of their careers and get closer to the source of the food that they sold. They decided to make cheese and began looking for a good milk source. They were not able to find the quality of milk that they desired; so, they decided to buy a small herd of Jersey Cows and a 37-acre farm. They chose Jersey cows because the breed is well-suited to North Carolina’s warm climate, and its rich milk produces high-quality, flavorful cheese. The herd spends its time on lush pastures, and an intensive rotational grazing system ensures that the livestock has access to high-quality grass during the growing season.  

Chapel Hill Creamery produced its first batch of cheese in July 2000. And today, just over 14 years later, Chapel Hill Creamery produces a range of artisan farmstead cheeses, whey-fed pork and sausages. Their achievements are many. They have developed nine varieties of cheese, become an Animal Welfare Approved farm, and won awards, included, “Best in Show” at the NC State Fair International Cheese Competition in 2013, 2012 & 2011 and three World Jersey Cheese Awards in 2012. The Creamery has also been featured in Garden & Gun Magazine and Southern Living.  

We are proud to have Chapel Hill Creamery as one of our collaborators.  

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