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Extracted And Reproduced By Kind Permission Of Ian Wellens From The Cheese Shed
This week I visited two dairies that are, I guess, at the opposite ends of what we'd think of as 'artisan cheese' producers. On Tuesday I was at Quickes near Exeter, marvelling once again at the sight of racks and racks of huge 25kg cheddars. Quicke's are about as big as a small dairy gets: it's a big farm, and the family has been there 'since God was a boy', as James would say.
On Monday, however, I was visiting a cheesemaker at the other end of the scale. Polmarkyn Dairy was set up by Katie Wood and her partner Glyn. Hailing from Stroud, where Katie worked as a cheese-maker and Glyn was a mechanic, they shared a dream - to start their own smallholding. The search for a suitable (and affordable) property led eventually to 18 acres just off the south-eastern corner of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
Along the way they acquired three 'mongrel' goats and ... that was it! The discovered they loved working with goats ("they're all characters") and so goats it had to be. The dairy really got going in 2016, an today they produce milk, yoghurt and cheese - all unpasteurised - from a herd including about 20 milkers, and each of which they know by name.
There are three cheeses at the moment, all soft, all of the 'mould-ripened' variety (i.e featuring the white downy rind you'd know from bries etc). Polmarkyn White is the 'plain' one, then there's Polmarkyn Blue - with just a very light and subtle amount of bluing visible when you cut through it - and the ash-dusted Polmarkyn Grey. They're more different than you might think! For example we've found that the White has a firmer, more crumbly texture than the Blue, which tends to be a bit more gooey inside (in a good way, of course).
Katie and Glyn had always wanted to farm, to produce dairy products - and now they're doing it. It's not an easy road - especially given their wish to produce raw (i.e unpasteurised) milk and cheese, but they're clearly very determined people - and we're delighted to see these new handmade cheeses coming from Cornwall! We wish them every success.

Martin Corney recommends Polmarkyn cornish goats cheese.
I took a few Polmarkyn cheeses to my London relatives for an extra Christmas treat. They loved them, especially the Grey. I was sorry you didn't have any Herb coated left as that's my favourite.

Jane Tripp recommends Polmarkyn cornish goats cheese.
The most lovely goats cheese I've had, beautifully produced,a lot of hard work and dedication gone into producing it,worth every penny.

Sandra Richards recommends Polmarkyn cornish goats cheese.
The goats milk and herb cheese absolutely gorgeous. and delivery is exceptional i placed my order tuesday night recieved thursday morning. 5* Thankyou
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Hello Katie, it’s just to tell you, I have made a flan with the milk, its probably the best I have ever had ! creamy, soft, sweet and tasty;
Drink the milk in a glass is delicious too, I’m cooking a soup, I smell it, again it seems fantastic,

thank you again,

Florence.

PS: my daughter loves your cheese and took it to school, 

On 12 Mar 2019, at 17:14, 
Hi Katie
 Got the milk today! Finished the first bottle in several minutes)) I may need to reorder again soon)) Thank you so much! 
 Yuri


Aneta Preuss recommends Polmarkyn cornish goats cheese.
The milk is delicious. Express delivery, packed with due diligence. I will order more products in the future. Thank you very much