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Cheese From Family Farms
March 27, 2013   
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The progressive concentration and industrialization of food production is having a negative impact on the taste of food on sale in stores. For a growing number of people, this creates a longing for the flavors they remember from their childhood, the meals and foods available in the old days and for home cooking.

The food market is seeing a growing demand for natural food made using traditional methods, in the simplest possible way, with no unnecessary additives, and eaten as fresh as possible.

Similar trends are visible in the dairy sector. The number of small dairies, producing mainly hard cheese and cottage cheese but also other dairy goods, is growing. Small-scale manual production directly at the farm makes it possible to produce labor-intensive foods requiring a lot of special handling, but characterized by a distinct taste and aroma. The products offered by farmhouse cheese-makers add variety to what is otherwise a rather monotonous range of industrially produced cheese.

Farmhouse and traditional cheese-making cannot replace industrial dairy production, but it can complement it extremely well. For this sector to develop, it needs the right conditions. Due to its unique character, it cannot be treated the same way as large dairies. Unfortunately, legislators and supervisory bodies do not always realize this.

That is why small dairy producers have started organizing themselves—to gain a stronger voice in defense of their sector’s interests and to promote the diversity and abundance of flavors in their products.

The Association of Family Cheese-Makers was founded in July 2012; it is a nationwide organization bringing together farmhouse, family dairy producers. The association aims to represent the interests of small dairies, to upgrade the qualifications, know-how and business ethic of its members and to promote their products. The Association of Family Cheese- Makers is part of the European Network of Farmhouse and Artisanal Cheese-Makers (FACE).

Fans of traditional cheese varieties can look up information on the www.agrovis.eu website in the “nasze polecane linki” (our recommended links) tab. The 3rd National Festival of Farmhouse and Traditional Cheese, to be held June 7-9 in Lidzbark Warmiński in northeastern Poland, will be an opportunity to see the complete range of traditional Polish cheeses. www.czasnaser.pl
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