(PRWEB) October 10, 2011
FireFly Farms, producer of artisanal goat cheeses from Maryland’s Allegheny Plateau, celebrated the opening of the FireFly Farms Creamery & Market to visitors at 107 South Main Street in Accident, Md., in Garrett County, at 10:00 am, Friday October 7th.
The Market features FireFly Farms’ award-winning goat cheeses as well as other specialty, hand-selected items from the region and around the world.
All of FireFly Farms cheeses are crafted on site in the Accident creamery using fresh goat’s milk purchased from four local family farms. Visitors can view the specially constructed production and aging facilities and cheese making process through observation windows. FireFly Farms moved their cheese production facilities to the Accident creamery from a smaller facility in Bittinger, Md., this summer.
Visitors also will enjoy unique, custom-designed art in the new location.
The entrance features hand-carved goat totems, created by local artist John "Sacco" Carter. “Chiseling wood is my favorite way to spend my time,” said Sacco. “I put my heart into my carvings and am excited to see them here in Accident for so many to see,” he added.
A wall-sized mural inside, developed by Mark Stutzman, best known for his rendition of the young Elvis Presley for a US postage stamp, tells the FireFly Farms story for visitors. “When designing it, my hope was to allow the viewer to interpret it in their own interesting way and to set a tone,” said Stutzman. The 21- by 5-foot installed mural includes elements including a milk maiden, a farmer, curious goats, and, of course, fireflies. “This was a really fun project,” he added. “This was the first time I took a true Art Nouveau approach in my work, and it’s a beautiful way of expressing imagery because it’s so decorative. And working with FireFly Farms was fantastic. I was allowed so much freedom to explore the possibilities.”
FireFly Farms Creamery & Market engaged local general contractor Lorne Brenneman of Lee’s Drywall for the design, layout, and construction of the building. “This was a fun project, even though we encountered some unique, challenging issues along the way,” said Brenneman. “And I now know more about making cheese than I ever thought I would,” Brenneman added.
“Preparing for the opening was a huge effort for the FireFly Farms team, but working with Sacco, Mark, and Lorne was simply wonderful,” said Mike Koch, FireFly Farms President. “All three of these individuals helped us realize our dream of opening this new Creamery & Market. Thanks to each of these local craftsmen and the FireFly Farms team, area residents and visitors will now have another special destination to enjoy among the many available in Garrett County.”
“Given October is National Cheese Month, our opening is very timely,” added Matt Cedro, FireFly Farms head cheese maker. “We are committed to the art of cheese making at FireFly Farms, and I look forward to sharing this time-honored tradition with visitors to our creamery.”
The FireFly Farms Creamery & Market is open seven days a week as follows:
- Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
- Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The FireFly Farms team is developing a menu of visitor tours and tastings, to be available beginning this fall.
About FireFly Farms:
FireFly Farms offers nationally and internationally award-winning premium goat cheese that features the distinct regional flavors of Mountain Maryland’s Allegheny Plateau. Each cheese is artfully handcrafted and aged with precise detail; and, each offers distinguished flavor, exceptional texture, noteworthy composition, and unprecedented aesthetics. The cheese of FireFly Farms is produced using agriculturally sustainable, locally sourced fresh goat’s milk and time‐honored, traditional methods of goat cheese making.
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