As the pandemic ‘lockdown’ continues the consequences for our county’s cheesemakers have been varied. The dramatic and sudden drop in demand led to obvious cut backs in production and milk usage. From halting production all together (goats cheeses) to storing more (harder cheeses) to a recent surge in demand for one (sofr cheeses), and cut-backs for another (washed rind cheeses) . As if to reflect the distinctive and diverse nature of our local cheeses, then likewise the variance in demand and its effects. Overall the long-term outlook, with prospects for local farmers markets hopefully re-opening short-term, and the less fortunate restaurant trade more long-term, should see all survive.
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