What does 10,000 gallons of milk have to do with the small coastal town of Rockport? Everything! Rockport Marketplace is home to a wonderful artisan cheese maker, State of Maine cheese.
Upon my arrival to State of Maine Cheese, I was heartily greeted by Cathe Morrill, owner of the business since 1996. Why did you purchase the store, I asked? “I am motivated to promote Maine products and to continue the support of local farms, that desire continues to fuel my energy for the business.” Cathe has been instrumental in founding The Maine Cheese Guild and often arranges cheese making classes.
Cathe purchases milk from local farms, specifically from jersey and gurney cows because of the high solids content in the milk (a creamy butter yield). David Baker, cheese craftsman, has been with the company since ’94.
David is indeed cheese maker extraordinaire and makes an array of cheeses for the store and their wholesale accounts. Cheese is also available online. Recently, an espresso rubbed dry jack with flavors of espresso, pepper, and coco is being crafted. (As you can imagine, it has already sold out.)
Can’t wait until there is more of this available!
Why can we call this cheese art? Handmade by skilled craftsmen, the result is a product complex in flavor and texture. It is no longer just food, but an expression of the makers imagination.
This artistic process requires precision timing, extreme cleanliness, and the exact combination of predetermined conditions and pure ingredients.
The most popular cheese? Their cheddar curds. Grab a container of these light, flavorful little morsels, along with some Little Lads crackers and a bottle of Honeymaker blueberry mead from Portland, and head over to the Marine park for a scenic lunch.
Are you still in love with the store, I asked Cathe? “Absolutely, she said, the world comes through my door! People from literally all over the planet make it a point to stop in while they visit Maine. I just love to meet and talk with everyone.”
Don’t miss out on Cathe’s warm hospitality, exquisite artisan cheese, and a host of other Maine products at Rockport Marketplace on Rt 1.
State of Maine Cheese http://cheese-me.com/