Meet the Cheesemakers: Whatcom County

December 10, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Come learn about cheese, cheesemakers, and cheesemaking in Washington state! This fun and delicious educational seminar will be led by Courtney Johnson, Executive Director of the Washington State Cheesemakers Association. Dr. Johnson will talk about the wide world of Washington cheese, explain how cheese is made, and lead a panel discussion featuring four local cheesemakers. The panel will include a guided tasting of cheeses made by each of the cheesemakers. After the seminar there will be a short meet-and-greet session with the possibility to buy cheese directly from the makers.

The Cheesemakers

  • Acme Farms Cheese (Deming) is a small, artisanal creamery making French-style cheeses from local cow’s milk.
  • Appel Farms Cheese (Ferndale) is a family-owned and -operated farmstead creamery making a variety of Dutch- and European-style cow’s milk cheeses.
  • Ferndale Farmstead (Ferndale) makes Italian-style cheeses with the motto of ensuring quality on their farmstead creamery “from seed to cheese.”
  • Twin Sisters Creamery (Ferndale) is a husband-and-wife cheesemaking team creating original-recipe cheeses from locally produced raw, cow’s milk.

The Presenter

Courtney Johnson, PhD, ACS CCP, CCSE, is Executive Director of the Washington State Cheesemakers Association. Courtney is an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional, Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluator, and cheese educator. She is a career cheesemonger who has worked for specialty grocery stores in the greater Seattle area and now owns her own mobile cheese shop, Street Cheese.

The Host

Washington State Cheesemakers Association (WASCA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit founded in 2015. WASCA supports Washington state’s cheesemakers through education, collaboration, and networking. Membership is open to licensed cheesemakers, businesses, and cheese enthusiasts.

This event is being made possible thanks to funding received from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market Promotion Program grant. All proceeds that remain after covering the costs of this event will be reinvested into future programming to support Washington cheesemakers.

Tickets are available online. Advance ticket sales only. 


Bellewood Farms & Distillery
6140 Guide Meridian, WA-539
Lynde, WA 98264 United States
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(360) 318-7720
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