Our cheesery in the Bay of Islands has been operating as a family business since 1986. Neither of us had ever dreamed of establishing a cheese factory, but in the early 1980’s, when Anna started experimenting with cheesemaking in her home kitchen the seed was sown. With a readily available supply of milk from the family farm, Bob set the wheels in motion.
Until today, the milk for all our cheeses and yoghurts comes from our own herd. Tim, one of our four sons, takes care of our colourful, mixed-breed herd of about 60 cows. Our cows graze on the farmland surrounding the cheesery, therefore our milk does not have to be transported – after each milking it goes directly into the cheese vats. The fresh milk is pasteurised and turned into cheese straight away. Our sons Jesse and Jake together with our employee and family friend Tony, who has been with us since the early days, are dedicated to the craft of cheese making. They are constantly working on improving our cheese-making and maturing techniques to achieve the finest quality artisan cheeses. We love selling our products directly to our local customers at the Whangārei, Paihia and Kerikeri Farmers’ Markets. If you are passing by, you are welcome to drop into our small farm shop to taste and buy our cheeses.
Our cheeses are also available at selected retailers or through our online shop.”
Anna and Bob Rosevear