Meet the People 2016
This photo was taken on election day 2016. From left to right - Joe affineur and assistant cheesemaker, Michael herdsman and farm manager, Aaron intern, Lindsay cheesemaker, Jonathan farmhand, Marit marketing and sales, Chelsea cheese room assistant and Eric farm manager and owner. Molly, owner, gardner and photographer was taking the photo! This is the amazing group that makes it all happen.
Thanks to Joe and his dedication to each little Prufrock we won 1st place for American Farmstead Cheese this year! A native Virginian, Joe came to us by way of Caramont Farm Creamery. Joe has a love for life that is infectious. His energy abounds and his ability to focus on the task at hand is mind boggling. Coming to the island in the spring of 2014 Joe has been able to further his fishing career be it a dawn along the oceans edge or at midnight searching for squid.
Michael hails from New Mexico by way of Indiana and Idaho. He joined us here at the farm with his partner, Lindsay and their cute as a button little boy in the Spring of 2014. Michael has been managing certified organic pasture raised grass fed dairy cows for a decade. He is a staunch believer in pasture-raised grass fed dairies, raises almost all of his family's food and enjoys the solitude of farm life.
A native islander Jonathan has worked this land longer than any of us. Before joining us here at The Grey Barn he worked for David Douglas who ran this land as Rainbow Farm. He makes hay when the sun shines and is ready for anything ... taking awesome care of the pigs or finding baby ducklings ... he's da' man.
Co-owner and General Manager Eric hails from the North Shore of Boston by way of The University of Chicago where he studied Economics. While putting himself through college Eric gained much experience working in kitchens and baking bread. He might not be the neatest cook in the kitchen but damn he makes a fine pork belly.
Working in and around farms takes Marit back to her childhood and spending as much time as I could with her dad who was a veterinarian. She says 'It just feels like home.'
Co-owner of The Grey Barn, Molly was born and raised in Texas. She studied Sculpture at Pratt Institute and fell in love with food at the age of 8 years old upon receiving her first cookbook. When Molly and Eric decided to start a farm Molly went to cheesemaking school at the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese. Although cheesemaking turned out not to be her specialty she does love raising her two boys on Martha’s Vineyard and always taking photos around the farm.
Lindsay is from Indiana, mostly. She quit college to pick blueberries on the west coast, spent the next 10+ years hopping around for farm work and learning, made cheese from milks of sheep, goats, buffalos and cows, in creameries ranging from automated jungles of stainless pipes to pot-on-stove-in-shack creameries. The better known ones are Traders Point Creamery in Indiana and Consider Bardwell in Vermont.
Her goals for cheese making when asked, "Goals for cheesemaking: use very nice milk and let it show itself, don't get in its way. Don't aim for consistent cheese, but consistently good cheese." Perhaps this is why she took our Prufrock to the next level and helped us to win 1st place at the American Cheese Society's 2016 awards for American Farmstead cheese.
Aaron hails from New York City. He has brought his love of chickens to our fine feathered friends. You can find him hanging out with the chickens if you can't find him anywhere else.