Maple Ridge is full of incredible food made by artisans. Golden Ears Cheesecrafters is nationally renowned for their handcrafted products. It is owned and fully operated by two young sisters. One that handles the business end and the other is the senior cheesemaker. The sister’s uncle has a dairy farm right next door and they get all their milk from these cows. This is a truly family run business. You can taste all the attention to detail in their award winning cheeses.
There was butter being made when I was there. Golden Ears Cheesecrafters butter is a favourite among local chefs & food producers.
The finished product on the shelf.
There is a bistro onsite that prepares handmade sandwiches, soups and baked goods. I didn’t have it during this visit but their poutine (made with their own cheese curds) is some of the best I have ever had. The bistro also serves as a demo kitchen for cooking classes. Check out their website for more details on these.
These are some of the awards that they have received. Their brie cheese is one of the top 3 in Canada.
I love samples.
I took home some of the Neufchatel cheese which is similar to cream cheese. I got it to go with my smoked salmon from Bruce’s Country Market.
Can I stay here forever? So many beautiful cheeses with such helpful staff that are proudly telling you about the products.
The staff were so helpful that they wanted to pose for my pictures without me even asking! This is a big wheel of onion & garlic gouda.It’s one of my favourite cheeses here.
Choosing my cheeses and how much I want of each.
I brought home onion & garlic gouda, mild cheddar and garlic scape harvarti. There is also a large selection of locally made jams & jellies and I picked up a hot garlic pepper jelly. I cannot wait to make this cheese board!