After 5 years of service, a local shop is calling it quits.
The Cheesiry, which first opened in 2010 is officially closing and starting to sell off the rest of its products. Located off highway 16 near Kitscoty, The Cheesiry offers a variety of meat products and sheep milk cheeses and will be officially closing after one final season. The owner and operator of the farm store, Rhonda Zuk Headon expects that their inventory will actually last until next summer.
“I don’t want people to think that we just closed the doors,” says Headon.
“We still have our farm store open. We’ve got lots of cheese from this last year to sell. We’ll be having our cow’s cheese available here in December that we made in November, and I want people to continue to support the restaurants and the stores that have been selling our products.”
Until the current stock of product runs out, the store will continue operating during regular hours, their retailers and restaurants will continue to sell their products, and they will also continue to be at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market.
Headon explained that the reason for closing is that she’s finding exceedingly difficult to find a balance between family life and the time that operating the shop demands, and with twin 4-year-olds, she’s choosing family while her children are still young.
Still, Headon enjoys the process of making the cheese as well as the customer service at the farm store. “Having people come out the the farm, and just getting the chance to speak to people, right at customer level, right at the farm here in our little store…talk with them about their experience, why they like to eat our cheese,” Headon reflects on what she’ll miss most about running the business.
“Our cheese is really great for people with dairy allergies. So it’s nice to have people that are really happy to find our product, so that they can eat cheese again!”
Headon is also selling off several of her sheep at $385/head as well as the production equipment used for making the cheese, and encourages people to contact her directly if interested.
For more details visit the website at the-cheesiry-dot-com.