written by Daryl in Events on Tue, June 19, 2012 | Reply
June 1st marked the start of the Second Annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Picton, Ontario. Almost 4000 cheese lovers attended the festival this year, and some of the La Ferme team were among the cheesy masses. The Cheese Festival is comprised of educational seminars, gala events and public markets which all provide attendees with opportunities to learn about and eat amazing Canadian cheese as well as other artisan products. While we all know that classes and seminars are valuable and informative, the heart of the Great Canadian Cheese Festival is the Artisan Food Fair. Nothing feeds a food lovers’ passion as much as…. well….. eating great food!
Over one hundred cheeses from three dozen cheese makers were available to sample that represented the entirety our country. Also present, and extremely popular with festival-goers, were nearly two dozen Prince Edward County winery’s, cider makers, and craft brewers from all over Ontario.
With so many amazing cheeses, it is hard (and hazardous to my waistline!) to pick a favourite, but I can say that the Ramembert from Best Baa Dairy is a cheese that has matured into one of Ontario’s finest. Its’ soft and fluffy p. candidium rind holds a lovely ivory white paste that is tangy, sweet and satisfyingly salty all at once. A stand-out wine for me was the Pinot Noir from The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery. Only available from at the winery, it is aged in a cellar that was once their farms’ milking parlour, lending a sense of satisfaction and unity at a celebration of cheese.
Throw in a few fine food producers, (like one of my absolute favourites, The Mad Mexican) a grilled cheese tent, and a mechanical milking cow named Moonika (I’m not kidding) and you have got yourself a cheese festival!
For all the fun you missed if you didn’t go, to relive all the fun you had if you did go, or to request mechanical bull riding for next year; hit up The Great Canadian Cheese Festival website or their awesome blog, Cheeselover.ca
On May 30th, La Ferme participated in the Cuisine & Cuvee gala at the Brickworks, in support of the Providence Healthcare Foundation. The event was a great success raising over $180,000 for this worthwhile cause. We served up over 600 cheese plates throughout the evening featuring La Ferme’s new Smoke Stack, Don Heliodoro and Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar. All of the cheeses were very well received, with many guests coming back for seconds. La Ferme’s staff took a small break towards the end of the evening for a group photo – you can dress us up but you can’t take the animal out of us!
Our business is largely dependent on effective and efficient transportation. Some of our products arrive via air transport or sea transport, but the majority arrives via trucks. At La Ferme we like to control the transportation process as much as is possible to ensure that all of our products remain at the correct temperature from the farmer or supplier right through to our customers’ doorsteps. We have a fleet of five temperature controlled vehicles to deal with our transportation needs.
We prefer to pick up inventory on a weekly basis from all of directly from our suppliers, wherever possible, on our own refrigerated vehicles. We have trucks in the Toronto and Montreal regions every Tuesday dedicated to this mission. Each Tuesday evening our Quebec inventory is driven back to our Pefferlaw warehouse, arriving at our loading docks by 6:00am Wednesday morning (we hope!), where it is immediately received and then shipped out to our customers on La Ferme refrigerated vehicles over the next few days.
Of course, there are some suppliers and customers that we cannot access directly so we need to partner with our transportation companies to get the job done. Our primary partner throughout Ontario and Quebec is ERB Transport. ERB specializes in temperature controlled transportation and has a fleet of several hundred vehicles on the road at all times. And this is something we know from personal experience. Our daily drives between Toronto and Pefferlaw consume many hours each day. In order to pass the time away, we have come to enjoy the old childhood game of ”I spy with my little eye…”. Instead of spotting new things each time however, we have taken to always looking for ERB trucks. Our drives are made infinitely more exciting with the spotting of an ERB truck. It would seem that we are successful in our quest about 80% of the time. Our record so far is 6 ERB trucks on one drive – now that was a great day!
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