For more than a century, Eastern Ontario has been known for its cheese. It’s part of our heritage and our future together. Wherever your passion lives we are at the ready. Come join us. And live your dream in Ontario’s Artisan Cheese Region. Here are some resources to get you started in your planning process.
If your interest is primarily in supplying milk to cheese makers, explore what’s involved in goats, sheep, dairy cattle and even water buffalo!
Learning More about Artisan Cheese
These websites are also excellent resources:
American Cheese Society
Australian Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association
Dairy Business Innovation Center
Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers Association
Pacific Northwest Cheese Project
Specialist Cheesemakers Society (UK)
Vermont Cheese Council
Vermont Institute for Artisanal Cheese
Cheese-oriented Education and Training Programs and Services
Note that Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company offers day-long cheese making events – a great way to immerse yourself in cheese making… and take home the fruits of your labour! Check with Fifth Town for upcoming events.
Cheese making Equipment & Supplies
Financing and Funding
Please contact the Economic Development Organization(s) in your area (see below).
Economic Development Organizations
Chamber of Commerce – Napanee & District
County of Frontenac
County of Hastings
County of Lennox and Addington
County of Prince Edward
Eastern Lake Ontario Regional Innovation Network
Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation
Prince Edward-Lennox and Addington Community Futures Development Corporation
North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin Community Futures Development Corporation