Sheep milk cheese gets new followers

Cheesemaker Michael Wilsom of High Weald Dairy with the Soil Association Organic Foods Award winner - Sussex Slipcot soft sheep milk cheese
Cheesemaker Michael Wilsom of High Weald Dairy with the Soil Association Organic Foods Award winner - Sussex Slipcot soft sheep milk cheese

MID Sussex cheesemakers have scored another hit with a cheese made from organic sheep milk.

High Weald Dairy churns its award-winning cheeses in a hi-tech dairy at Tremains Farm in Horsted Keynes, a few yards from where its own herd of cows graze the fields.

It also uses organic milk from sheep herds and has now won a coverted Soil Association Organic Food Award for its Sussex Slipcote soft sheep milk cheese.

The Organic Food Awards 2012 are part of Organic September, Europe’s biggest celebration of all things organic with the Soil Association awards among the most respected in the UK food sector.

Sussex Slipcote, which comes plain or with herb and garlic, cracked peppercorn, or basil, was joint winner of the cheese sector after blind tastings for everything from texture to ‘yumminess’ by a judging panel of food critics, restauranters, broadcasters and chefs. The winners gain industry respect and are able to use the awards logo on their products.

Cheese maker Mark Hardy, who runs the dairy with his wife, Sarah, said the firm was “over the moon” with the award which had made all the hard work worthwhile.

The staff were also thrilled that High Weald’s Duddleswell mature hard sheep milk cheese received a Commended Award.