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Say Cheese! Cane Creek Creamery Shares Local Flavor

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Say Cheese! Cane Creek Creamery Shares Local Flavor

The cow on the logo for Cane Creek Creamery seems to have a little grin. Like it knows a secret.

Actually, it’s sharing a secret, one that should be more well known in a community where food has become as big of an attraction as the mountain landscape and craft beer.

Between Fairview and Fletcher on Cane Creek Road, the recently-opened business is selling local cheese and ice cream. According to Amanda Sizemore, one of the family members who helps run the business, there’s more to come.
CaneCreamery1“The creamery opened in May of 2016 and we are making farmstead artisan cheeses,” she said. “We’re selling that in the store along with ice cream. The newest item we’re working on is butter. Our hope is to continue to add more dairy products. We’re getting the milk from our dairy farm, Cane Creek Diary.”

“The hope is to grow a retail space with dairy products and buy more and more from the diary to make it sustainable in the future.”

The creamery, located at 1448 Cane Creek Road, is open Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 6 and 1 to 5 Saturdays.

Amanda and her husband, Jeremy, along with other family members run Cane Creek Valley Farms and are fourth generation owners. Farming has been a family tradition for more than 100 years. The farm has grown substantially since the Sizemores returned to work the land in 2005. The vegetable operation has grown from 2.5 acres to 55 acres since 2007.

The creamery has more of a family feel, as Amanda’s sisters Molly Hembree and Alma Nesbitt are there almost daily making cheese. Molly’s husband, Nate, also works at the creamery selling the cheeses.

CaneCreekCreamery5 “We have some raw milk cheeses, which I think we’re one of the only creameries in the area doing those,” Amanda said. “We have some nice cheeses that pare well with beer, ‘Heritage’ is a raw milk Trappist style cheese. Then we have ‘Legacy’ and ‘Ashevillan,’ which are Tomme style cheeses that pare well with wine. Both are offered in raw milk and pasteurized versions. We also doing cheese curds and some soft spreads in the summer that are flavored with herbs.”

While at the creamery customers are able to watch the cheese being made. Bottling and their own ice cream are possible additions for the future, she said.

Last year they spent some days at tailgate markets, selling their cheeses and introducing the community to their cheeses. Many of their customers, she said, are Fairview residents.

“Busy has been good,” Amanda said. “We still have a lot of marketing and planning to do for this spring. We want to have more events on the farm to get people here.For the stage we are at right now, other than just working on making cheese and having the doors open a couple of days per week, we’ve done well. We hope to expand and grow and have things that attract more people to the dairy.”

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Jason Gilmer

Jason Gilmer is a national award-winning writer living in Asheville. He spent a decade as the prep sports writer at the Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal and has written one book, "Where Champions Play: Spartanburg County Prep Football." He's been writing about the Asheville music scene for several years and contributes to magazines in North and South Carolina.

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