Have Fun and Enjoy Life
Summer is high season so the cows are currently producing approximately 1600 litres of milk a day that is immediately turned into cheese. The brie is shaped in molds and left in the brine tank for 24 hours before being turned every day for 10 days until it is ripe. Then it’s packaged and sold almost immediately. The blue cheese has to be kept in a separate room to isolate the blue cheese spores. The hard cheeses are aged for a couple of months.
You can buy the cheese in the Farm Shop or at farmers’ markets on the Island and in Vancouver. Lori explains that the markets are important because they ensure a direct connection with consumers. “People want to know where their food is coming from. They want to see you and talk to you.” There’s a financial advantage as well as selling directly to consumers eliminates the middleman and improves the narrow profit margin on food products.
I really enjoyed talking with Phil because he’s not a wine snob. He reminded me that both making and consuming food and drink should be enjoyable. Have fun and enjoy life seems to sum up the Morningstar Farm philosophy – and that makes it a great place to visit.
Truffles in BC?
As we entered Morningstar Farm, I was intrigued to see a sign advertising truffle host trees at the neighbouring farm. A little digging on the internet informed me that Duckett Truffieres are growing organic truffles and truffle host trees. An amazing discovery for someone who really likes truffle oil on her pasta and thought it had to be imported from Europe. Yet another reason for me to come back to Vancouver Island!