It's been a while since I've written anything about the culinary goings-on in Ridge-Meadows. Since my sons are older and have more going on in their lives, my trips across the Pitt River Bridge have become more about catching up with their busy lives and then letting them get back to them. So when I had an afternoon available this week, and a son available to spend it with, I jumped at the opportunity.
Big Feast. The chef/owner, Mike Mulcahy, focusses as much as possible on using local ingredients. As a result my son has a pretty good knowledge of who is producing what in the area. So while we were enjoying a sandwich at the Pitt Meadows airport, he mentions a new cheese shop that has opened in Maple Ridge. Cheese? Do tell!
Golden Ears Cheeseworks was opened in August of 2011 by Kerry and Lynn Davison. With the help of their two daughters, cheese-maker Jenna (ex of Farmhouse Cheese in Agassiz) and milk from Kerry's brother Kevin's dairy farm next door they have put together a perfect example of how to do things locally. The store is right on the Abernathy connector and is filled with a variety of locally produced items. There's also a nicely laid out demonstration kitchen. They've already hosted a number of cooking classes with more to come.
other products listed on their website, some only available as they're made. How fresh is that?
Golden Ears Cheeseworks
22270 128th Avenue
Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2R1