New ideas for 2022

 Let's put the pandemic behind us and look towards the future. Having only just made that statement, we were hit with energy price crisis, rocketing fuel costs and the terrible events unfolding in Ukraine. In times of hardship, we all do it. We make sacrifices, give up the little pleasure and luxuries we treat ourselves to. Whilst, we have carried on growing, we are feeling that business and sales are not as good as they should be. However it is a beautiful day here today. The sun is shining, the skies are blue and the feeling of spring is in the air, so we are optimistic that things may improve. New financial year for us = new ideas.  I have always wanted to make butter, so having used the quieter months to do some research, practice and a lot of tasting, we have finally decided to launch our butter. The churner has been ordered and we are waiting with high anticipation for it's arrival. Should be with us in 4 weeks, giving us plenty time to agree on a name (which will be very

Life at Strathearn Cheese during the pandemic

It would be hard not too mention COVID-19 in our new blog. Like everybody else, the pandemic has been a really difficult time to adapt to and deal with. Although  much reduced, we kept up with production making around 90 Strathearn and Wee Comrie and just a few Lady Mary cheeses each week. Farmer's markets and hotels, restaurants, cafes all had to stop. What a terrible time, this has been for our trade customers! So, back to the drawing board! Having discussed many times the possibilities of launching an online shop, we took the plunge and in late March: went live! It started with a bang! Due to a great mention on the ITV (STV in Scotland) James Martin's Islands to Highlands show, when James cooked a cheese toastie using our Strathearn Cheese and sourdough from our neighbours, the huge volume of orders put us to the test. It was quite frustrating really that some of our hard work was messed up with delivery issues. Royal Mail was, understandab