Table Talks: Carpe Diem Cheese

Tuesday March 3, 2015, 7pm. We will be back at The Table restaurant for our second Table Talk of this winter’s sessions. Our speaker will be Julie Belli of Carpe Diem Cheese. Julie Belli, Owner and Operator of Carpe Diem Cheese and Harmonytree farm lives in Uxbridge Ontario. She was born and raised in Birkenhead, England and came to Canada in 1987.12_carpediem_cheese_sheep_1___Gallery

Julie’s passion for cheese making started after making cheese with her Italian neighbours. After practicing in her own kitchen for several years using her own goat,sheep and jersey cow milk from her farm she attended Guelph University to learn the science/technical side of cheese making.

In 2011 she was awarded the Danisco award for excellence in cheese science and technology.

For the past two years we have been building our own micro dairy/cheese plant here on our farm so we are true “farmstead”. We were hoping to be up and running last year but had some set backs…but are on track for this year.Carpe Diem Artisan Cheese produces distinctive farmstead cheeses the old-fashioned way. The only producer of sheep and goat cheese in Durham Region, Owner and Operator Julie Belli and her team, make small batches of cheese by hand, using milk from the farms own herds of sheep and goat. The herds are grazed on pesticide-free and fertilizer-free pastures, which produce deliciously sweet cheese that is both antibiotic- and hormone-free.

Durham2Located in Uxbridge, Carpe Diem is dedicated to the philosophies of slow food movement and uses innovative, sustainable farming practices to maintain their family-run business. Carpe Diem has been building its own micro dairy/cheese plant over the past two years, and is on track to become a true farmstead this year.

For more on the story of Carpe Diem and where to buy their delicious cheese, visit this link.