⥤⥤ ABOUT OUR CREAMERY ⥢⥢
Our newly named North Island Creamery was licensed in 2010. Our cheesemaker and native islander, Jamien Shields, works hard to produce our luscious line of fresh cow cheeses, high quality small batch yogurt and raw milk. The farmstead creamery is located in our barn, which is also home to our milking parlor, where our herd of Jersey Cows are milked daily.
We believe that good milk starts with healthy, well-fed animals. Our cows are on fresh pasture daily, eating a variety of native grasses and enjoying the breezes of Penobscot Bay. We supplement their diets with hay and non-GMO grain. Quality of life and quality of feed lead to quality milk – our milk has a sweetness and a freshness that undoubtedly transfers to our cheeses and yogurts. Our fresh and aged cheeses are currently available seasonally, from May to December.
In 2012, Mabel, a Jersey heifer moved to North Haven from White Orchard Farm in Frankfort, Maine. She was bred in 2013 and produced another heifer, Maple, in early spring the following season. Both Mabel and Maple are due to calve in May of 2016. We recently acquired 2 Normande heifers from Chase Hill Farm in Warwick, Massachusetts. Our plan is to breed them in the spring so they will start producing milk in 2017.