The Stewart family have farmed at Falside for over 50 years, and the dairy has always been central to the business.
In more recent times, however, the price that farmers have received for their milk has sunk to such a level as to be almost unsustainable, and so we started to look at ways of adding value to our product.
For us, right from the start, cheese seemed an obvious option. There was nobody else in Fife making cheese from their own milk on the farm; there seemed to be public demand for, and interest in, locally produced food; and last, but not least, we love cheese – and you are much more likely to succeed if you have a passion for what you do!
‘Anster’ cheese is hand-made on the farm – to a traditional recipe – by Jane Stewart, using unpasteurised milk from her husband Robert’s herd of home-bred Holstein Friesian cows. This new cheese is fresh and dry, with an almost crumbly texture, which dissolves in the mouth to leave a full-flavoured finish.
Visit us on the farm, where you can watch the cheese –making in progress from our viewing gallery and complete your visit with a light lunch or fresh coffee and home baking in our ‘Butterpat’ Coffee Shop, with its splendid views down over the Firth of Forth.
Our cheese is available to buy from the Coffee Shop, along with a selection of other British Cheeses – all made by farmers like ourselves, using their home-produced milk to make an artisan cheese on the farm.
Although our cheese is available through an increasing number of local delicatessans, farm shops and restaurants, you can come to see it being made, here on the farm – a true ‘try before you buy’ experience