Thursday, October 21, 2010
Gina, Mike (not pictured - busy milking) and Sam from Yondover Goat Dairy are local cheesemakers. We first met them as fellow market stall holders at Lilydale Market two summers ago. We caught up with them again earlier this year when we dropped in to see what they were up to. We found out they were planning to build a cheese tasting room at their dairy property in nearby Tunnel. Six months on, we were happy to receive an email from Gina saying they were on track for an end of year opening, and would we like a tasting? Would we ever! For Hil, who can't refuse good chevre (especially served with croissant and raspberry jam), and Barn, who has a fetish for marinated feta, all roads led to Tunnel yesterday. Thanks to Yondover for sharing their passion on a cheese plate, and a tour of their goat dairy. We loved the hillside dotted with hundreds of goats. And the good news is they're opening for public visits and tastings sometime in November. We'll be offering hilbarn fresh produce gift boxes featuring Yondover cheeses and other local produce soon, so stay tuned for details.