Local Kickstarter: Birchrun Hills Farm – Raise a Cheese Cave

The Miller Family of Birchrun Hills Farm | southjerseylocavore.com

Sue, Ken, Randy and Jesse Miller of Birchrun Hills Farm (Image: Albert Yee)

I’m back after quite a long hiatus. There are a few things that have compelled me to jump back onto SJL, and the first one is the Kickstarter campaign for Birchrun Hills Farm. Birchrun Hills is a dairy farm in Chester Springs, PA. Their cheesemaker Sue Miller creates artisan, raw milk cheese using the milk from the farm’s well-loved cows. I’m crazy about these cheeses, particularly the Birchrun Blue.

Let's Raise a Cheese Cave

You can add to the $$$ from the Cheese Ball by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign. (Image: Madame Fromage)

The Miller family is raising support to build a cheese making facility, also known as a cheese cave. Earlier this year, I attended Madame Fromage’s Cheeseball II:  A Cave Raising, an event that helped start the funds for Birchrun’s cheese cave. I met Sue that night. Not only does she make great cheese, she’s a wonderful woman. Every time I have seen her since, she’s ready with a smile, kind words, and a warmness that I’m drawn to. I’m happy to spread the word about this Kickstarter campaign for Sue and her family.

The Millers hope to raise $25,000 in the next month to buy a curd vat. If they can raise and additional $10,000 they can buy shelving (to ripen cheese), and $10,000 on top of that will allow them to purchase a cooling system for their aging facility. I’d love to see this project get funded the full $45,000+ to help Birchrun Hills Farm thrive and continue to produce excellent cheeses for our region and beyond.

If you’ve never had any their cheeses, you can get them in South Jersey at the new Rastelli Market Fresh in Marlton or in many Philly area markets including DiBruno Bros.

There are a couple of launch party events happening this weekend for the campaign, as I learned from Madame Fromage.

Birchrun Hills Kickstarter Party & Studio Soiree at Viking Mill Studio Building, 1026 E. Hagert St., Philadelphia 19125

Friday, November 14, 6-8 p.m.

Sue Miller with be with artist Mike Geno (who paints such realistic images of cheese wedges you want to sink you teeth into the canvas), and you can join them for a few nibbles of cheese, a drink or two, and a viewing of Mike’s new painting of Birchrun Blue.

Birchrun Hills Farm Cheese Party at Occasionette, 1825 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia 19148

Sue Miller and Madame Fromage will be on hand. You can sample cheese and learn how to build a cheese board

If you go to one of the events, it would be awesome if you could use social media to help spread the word by taking photos of Sue and her cheeses and posting them to your Instagram account or other social media pages. If you do, make sure to use the hashtag #raisethecave.

I’ve already made my donation to the Kickstarter campaign. Please consider joining me in supporting this local, sustainable dairy farm by making a donation, spreading the word on social media, and perhaps even making a donation in someone else’s name as a holiday gift.

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for writing about this, Robin. Great poet!

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