As the growing season comes to an end and harvest is well underway, the folks down the road at the Cheesiry celebrated with their Thank Ewes Festival last Saturday. Visitors were able to see the cheese making facilities, the milking parlour and the sheep; take a wagon ride, taste cheese and locally made wine, play games and roast weiners. The Cheesiry is one of a kind. There are only a handful of others making artisan cheese from sheep’s milk in Western Canada. Owner, Rhonda Zuk Headon, was inspired by time spent working in Italy. She,and her husband Brian, then re-worked a former cattle dairy barn to milk sheep. They make four kinds of artisan cheese; soft, feta, semi-hard and pecorino. Developing the enterprise has been a great deal of work for the Headons, along with the farm’s other enterprises. They also welcomed twins, Koss and Soffeah, last fall.
The Cheesiry, is just west of Lloydminster (or east of Kitscoty) on the south side of highway 16 on range road 24. The store is open on Thursday and Friday afternoons and Saturday. Check them out on facebook and watch for announcements of tours.