Into The Cheese Cave we went
After the thrill of building our cheese house, adding a cheese cave was another exciting journey. We had been aging some of our unwaxed Farmhouse cheese at The Major's farm in Putney at the urging of Beth Carlson, their affineur, who loved the cheese. Using the same recipe, we were able to create two delicious and very different cheeses. Our friend, Tom Vanacore an artist who works in stone and cement offered to build us a cave on a small south facing hill between our barn and cave
The hillside was cleaned out
Then the cement trucks came.
First the floor was poured.
Then the walls went up
Next came the ventilation pipes
To make the dome of the cave, wooden arches were made
Then the dome was poured
The wooden forms were removed leaving a beautiful domed ceiling
The walls were stuccoed
Then the beautiful door, created by John Baker was added
And in Dec. of 2000 the very first cave cheese was brought into the cave
And this is what it looks like today, at 20 years.