Ranks of Maine cheese-makers growing at fast rate

11:44 AM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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MONROE, Maine (AP) - Artisan cheese makers around Maine are opening their doors to the public.

The Maine Cheese Guild's annual Open Creamery Day takes place Sunday, giving people a chance to talk with cheese makers, meet their animals and learn the stories behind the 150 artisanal cheeses that are made in Maine. In all, a dozen or more cheese makers are participating.

Jeff Roberts of the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese says the number of artisan cheese makers in Maine grown from about 25 to 75 since 2006, making it the fastest-growing artisan cheese-making state. He says only New York has more artisan cheese makers.

More information on Maine's Open Creamery Day can be found at http://www.mainecheeseguild.org.

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