Yoghurt and Cheese and Soap – Oh My!
Meet Gabriel and Deidre Mercier, a young couple who, as their military careers were nearing completion, wanted to move to a rural location closer to family and start a family of their own. Gabriel was raised in Quebec where his grandfather, Patrick Mercier, was a master award-winning cheese maker. Deidre grew up on a mixed farm just outside of North Rustico, PEI. Wanting to create their own business, they decided to follow in Patrick Mercier’s footsteps and become cheese makers! Gab took a cheese making course and then apprenticed at a sheep dairy and cheese house in Quebec, learning as much as possible about both cheese making and sheep farming. They moved home to the Doiron farm where Deidre was raised. On February 1, 2015, 108 ewes (all pregnant) and 2 rams arrived and Ferme Isle St Jean was born!
Another big change is in the works for Ferme Isle St. Jean. Their goal is to have a full cheese-processing facility right on their farm, including aging rooms for some of their artisanal cheeses. These facilities would also be available for use by other small Island dairy farms. They hope to “help diversify PEI one dairy farm at a time”.
Keep your eyes on this amazing farm with some pretty big dreams and goals!
Check out our earlier blog posts on some of the other farms with whom we work!
Fleece and Harmony/Harmony Meadow Farm