By Ashlyn Rhodes
There are dreamers and there are do-ers, and Roberta DesBoullions and Barbara Jennes are definitely do-ers. When they came up with the idea of starting a local urban creamery six months ago, they didn’t waste any time turning it into a reality. They secured a $50 thousand business loan to get started. When they realized they didn’t have enough money to buy the cheese vat they needed, DesBoullions says they went online and began a Kickstarter campaign.
DesBouillons holds a culinary arts degree and has years of experience under her belt, most recently as the head culinary instructor at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley. Jennes is a retired cheese maker with training in multiple states and countries. She teaches a cheese making workshop at Tess’ and the artisan cheese making class at Michigan State University. Both women have owned and operated successful businesses. Their dream creamery will not only make cheese– they’ll sell their fresh cheese in-house, as well as other Californian artisan cheeses. Jennes plans on teaching cheese making classes at the creamery.
Their Kickstarter goal is $28 thousand for the cheese vat, but they have plans for any money they raise after that goal.
Jennes and DesBouillons plan to locally source all their dairy. They’re in talks with a local goat farmer in Nevada City and with the Wandering Farm in Lincoln for cow’s milk. Jennes says really knowing your source is key to making great cheese.