Over the last few months my wife and I have been developing some new products which could, all being well, see themselves being showcased at the local farmer’s market this coming weekend and into the future. Our friends out at the Rancho de Caligata, with the help of some students at the University of Cohasset have been utilizing the prolific breeding rate of their herd of Hoary Marmots (click for link). We have developed a miniature milking machine which has enabled us to create several new and delicious lines of organic cheese.
“Cohasset Caligata” is hoped to become a regular at both the Thursday Night Market throughout the summer months and, starting this weekend, at the Saturday morning markets. If interest in our new product is high enough we may have opportunities to expand into some local organic food stores. We have also applied for several “Craft and Artisan” cheese-makers grants to develop a larger production plant and upgrade from a four Marmot milker to a “ten teet” machine allowing faster milking times and therefore less stress being put on each animal. This upgrade would allow us to apply for the national “Humane Treatment of Milking Small Mammals” award which would help boost our appeal to organic and sustainable foods supporters and consumers.
At this stage we do not have capacity for online or shipping orders but hopefully we’ll have our website up and running within the next few weeks which will enable consumers and other interested parties to view production through our live-feed webcam. We are also in the process of internet profiling all the marmots to enable a more rounded eating experience, allowing consumers the opportunity to learn each animal’s personalities and choose which marmot’s milk their particular cheese will come from.
We are also looking into a Community Supported Caligata (CSC) system much the same as a veggie box or meat CSA. Please let us know if you are interested so we can gauge interest and therefore develop this system more fully.
Our logo is – “Happy Marmots Come from Chico”