Appel Farms

Artisan cheesemaking is the daily practice at Appel Farms where product is sold at The Cheese Shop, 6605 Northwest Drive. (Courtesy photo/Appel Farms)

Four local cheesemakers coordinate the Creamery Crawl

WHATCOM — The third annual Creamery Crawl happens on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as four local cheesemakers offer samples, tours, gift basket giveaways, cheese platters and discounts at their places of operation.

The participating family-owned enterprises are Ferndale Farmstead, Appel Farms, Twin Sisters Creamery and Pleasant Valley Creamery, each well known for their handcrafted and delicious assortment of cheeses.


Ferndale Farmstead

Ferndale Farmstead makes a splash with these award-winning cheeses: mozzarella, asiago, fontina, scamorza, caciotta and provolone. Its products are loved by chefs and have quickly gained popularity since founding in 2015.

Ferndale Farmstead does not have a public tasting room, so the cheesemaker will have a table available at The Cheese Shop of Appel Farms.

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Appel Farms

Appel Farms has been producing farmstead artisan cheeses since 1968, going back to Jack Appel and now by his two sons, Rich and John, and their families.

Over the years the selection has grown to include cheddar curd, gouda, maasdammer, nokkelost, feta and havarti. Try samples of the cheeses while browsing the assortment of gourmet foods and holiday gifts at The Cheese Shop. While there at 6605 Northwest Drive, it’s also possible to check out the state-of-the-art creamery down the lane. 

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Twin Sisters Creamery

Twin Sisters is known for its phenomenal blue cheese, Whatcom Blue, and its creamy raw milk cheeses, Whatcom Farmhouse and Farmhouse with Peppercorn.

Lindsay and Jeff Slevin, owners and cheesemakers, share cheeses from all over the world as well as cheese accompaniments, wine, cheese platters and great gift ideas at their tasting room and retail shop, 6202 Portal Way in Ferndale.

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Pleasant Valley Dairy

Cheesemaker and owner Joyce Snook has been making raw milk cheese at Pleasant Valley Dairy in Ferndale since 1976.

Selections of cultured cheeses include mutschli, farmstead and gouda in small batches with great attention to quality and artistry. Joyce produces custom cheese cuts for personal gift-giving and samples are readily available. Her shop is at 6804 Kickerville Rd., Ferndale.

More: 360-366-5398.