Let’s raise a cheese cave at Birchrun Hills Farm!
Hello cheese lover, thanks for checking out our Kickstarter Campaign! We’re the Millers, a family-run dairy in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. We’d love your support in order to build a cheese-making facility (a.k.a. “a cave”) on our farm, home to 80+ well-loved Holsteins.
Over the next month, we hope to raise at least $25k in order to purchase a curd vat, shelving (to ripen cheese), and a cooling system for our new aging facility. We’ve been making cheese in a small off-site rental facility for the last seven years; we’ve outgrown our facility and do not have the space needed to keep up with the growing demand for our cheeses from chefs, farmers’ market customers, and shops around the country. In order to grow our business, we need to build a structure where we can make cheese from our milk every day.
We make a variety of handmade, raw-milk cheeses, including Birchrun Blue, Red Cat, Fat Cat, and Equinox.
Check out our rewards – and taste our cheeses!
We’ve been farming for over 25 years – we are Sue, Ken, and sons Randy and Jesse. For us, it’s always been about the cows – farming the land to feed them, striving to give them the best possible life, and milking them morning and evening has always been our passion. Sharing the beauty of farming with our customers has always been our mission.
About 10 years ago, the economic uncertainty of running a small farm sent us into a tailspin, and we realized we had to add value to our milk in order to survive. I (Sue) literally woke up one morning and decided that I had to make cheese. It made perfect sense. We produced beautiful high-quality milk with the ideal fat and protein components for cheesemaking. By studying with nationally renowned cheesemaker Peter Dixon (of Dairy Foods Consulting and Parish Hill Creamery in Westminster, VT), we were able to develop a series of artisan cheeses that captured the terroir of our 100-year-old farm in historic Chester County.
Our first customer was Di Bruno Bros., Philadelphia’s most established cheese shop, and from there we’ve grown our business to include some of the area’s finest restaurants, including Talula’s Table, White Dog Café, Fork, High St., Southwark, Nectar, and Tired Hands Brewing Co. We love our community, from our farmers’ market customers to the many families and groups who have visited our farm over the years to learn more about what we do.
Next year, our college-age sons will both have graduated from Cornell University-- and they plan to return home and join the family business. As they grow our herd, we’d love to make more cheese and become a sustainable multi-generational operation.
Thanks for reading our story and considering a gift. We believe in producing high-quality raw-milk cheese, and we really value your belief in us.
We have secured financing to build the structure for our cheese-making facility, and we plan to break ground this year. Here’s what we need to outfit our cave in order to actually make cheese:
The holidays are around the corner – please consider including us on your wish list. Or, gift one of our rewards to a cheese lover in your life – the chance to name a calf, a selection of our cheeses, a brick in our cave, or even a meal with our family.
We love giving to our community, and your gift will help us keep on giving.
Happy holidays from all of us,
Sue, Ken, Randy, Jesse, and the cows
Mike Geno's Birchrun Blue painting - Now a Limited Edition Poster!
Limited Edition Birchrun Blue Poster by Philadelphia Fine Artist Mike Geno. Receive a hand-numbered and signed poster of the original Birchrun Blue painting created especially for the Raise The Cave campaign. More thanks to Mike Geno! www.mikegeno.com
The Birchrun Hills Farm Hat!
Our sincerest appreciation to an incredibly talented group of Saint Joseph's University students who brought our family, farm and cause to life in their video. I have received many compliments which I pass on to you - thank you so much to the Beautiful Social Group : : Lauren Campbell '14, Michael Chmielewski '15, Cara McGlew '15, Kelly O'Connell '15, Jessica Rutkowski '15
Risks and challenges
When this project is funded all rewards will be delivered in a timely manner and we'll continue to update you on our progress. Our cheese production will continue in our rented facility; giving us the ability to fulfill all cheese rewards.
If we're over-funded...Hooray and Thank you! This is a large project and there will be many opportunities to utilize your donation to further outfit the cave. For example, the expense of the cooling systems for the caves represents a fraction of their cost. Additionally, new cheese development will require new cheese forms that can cost up to $200 each.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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