Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Celebratory Pig-Roast at Monforte Dairy's New Home
On Sunday afternoon we went to Stratford to see Monforte Dairy's new site. It wasn't the new site I thought it was; it was a new new site. The previous site fell through at the last moment, but fortunately this one was available. We arrived a little late; the parking lot was already very full and a game of croquet was being played on the front lawn.
The building was previously used as a bakery, and presently consists of a front shop and offices,
and a large back warehouse/workspace. Banners had been hung and a happy crowd was digging into fresh crusty bread, remarkable thin and crunchy crackers, and cheese. Lots of lovely cheese.
There was an opportunity to buy several different kinds of cheese.
A pair of musicians provided background music.
Ruth Klahsen, the cheesemaking force behind Monforte Dairy gave a brief report on progress in re-starting Monforte Dairy. Things are looking good... over $200,000 in the bank and close to 500 subscribers!
After that, it was time to eat.
This sort of pig-roasting set-up is often available to rent in small-town Ontario. I don't know, maybe you can rent them in Toronto too, but I never saw one until I hit the country where they are quite popular. This pig came from a farmer (David Martin) who has been using the whey from Monforte cheese to feed his pigs.
Once it was cooked, pig-surgery was performed (I kept expecting someone to stick out a hand and ask for a clamp) and then the guests fell to.
There was also a wide selection of salads and desserts brought by the attendees; plainly dedicated foodies all, judging by the quality. Overall, it was a very pleasant evening and it was exciting to see how Monforte Dairy is shaping up. To find out more about what's happening, see the Monforte Dairy website. It's by no means too late to subscribe for a great deal on what promises to be some great cheese.