FireFly Farms - Vino Pair Cheesemaker Index
About FireFly Farms
We source fresh goat milk from family farms – six farms as of March 2013 – all within a 30-mile radius of our creamery. We have implemented a mutually beneficial contract paying farmers fairly based on the components (butterfat and protein) and quality (low bacteria and somatic cell count) of their milk. This contract commits our farmers to humane animal husbandry and restricts the use of antibiotics, hormones, and animal feeds that have been treated with chemical or synthetic fertilizers. Our farmers are not asked (or forced) to manipulate their herds to provide a consistent, year-round milk production. The animals cycle naturally, and we manage our production and aging processes accordingly. Our milk-pricing contract does not include a “base” production amount. It does not penalize producers for “under-production” in winter months, nor “over-production” in summer months. We coordinate closely with our producers regarding anticipated herd growth, and breeding timeframes.Tweets by @FireFlyCheese
We respect the tradition of cheese making. We craft, age, and wrap our entire line of goat cheeses by hand – using apprenticed cheese makers, not machines. We use only five simple ingredients to make our cheeses; they are free of additives, preservatives, or stabilizers. Our leftovers are productively used - to support our neighbor agri-businesses. Our creamery has a special second drainage system to capture the sweet-whey by-product of cheese making. This protein-rich, bio-active liquid is not dumped into public sewer or septic; it is captured, refrigerated, picked up by local farmers and fed to local livestock.