We believe that we have the best cheese in Lincoln in terms of selection. With this in mind we would like to introduce you to one of our cheese suppliers and why we chose them.
We’re all about supplying variety to our customers, but also sourcing the most ethical or locally sourced products that we can. A selection of our cheese comes from Kaikoura Cheese which is an award wining artisan cheese producer based right here in the South Island of New Zealand. If we can’t get local we want to support other small business in our own country.
Meet Kaikoura Cheese
Established in 2011, Kaikoura Cheese was borne from a passion for excellent, top-quality wholefood, and wanting to add something of value into the community.
To us they are not only a company which supplies some of the best cheese, but also have a business philosophy close to our own.
The Christchurch Earthquake resulted in having to uproot their young family and making the move to Kaikoura, with dreams of becoming cheese-making artisans. With no background in farming or cheese-making they had everything to learn. While building their first home – a 10sqm tiny house – they bought their first 3 Saanan milking goats and started practicing the art of making cheese.
Within a year that small herd had grown to 7, and they had set up a small cheese plant on family land under the Kaikoura Mountains. Milking by hand everyday, they soon established their first goat’s milk product – “Te Ma”, a fresh French-style soft cheese. Their hardwork was rewarded in 2013, winning several medals at the NZ Specialty Cheese Awards and gaining significant recognition for their budding brand.
In 2014 they moved into the Kaikoura town centre when a fantastic opportunity arose for bigger production premises including a small retail shop which they fitted out themselves using as many recycled and repurposed items as they could find (just like we have here at The Lincoln Pantry).
Once again all their hardwork and missed holidays were made up for by multiple victories at the 2015 NZ Specialty Cheese Awards. Their new “Tenara” ash-coated goat’s cheese won Champion New Cheese of NZ, a huge accolade and achievement with them being so new to cheese-making.
Kaikoura Cheese now have a 50-strong goat herd grazes nearby and this is growing every year, aiming to reach 150 goats over the next 3 years. They strive to make the very best cheese and dairy products the land and animals can produce through sustainable farming, while never compromising on quality.
Their main goal in life is to have a happy family with a good balance of health and fun – they manage their pasture and stock with the same philosophy.
So if you want to come along and try some of the best cheese in Lincoln, visit us at The Lincoln Pantry and taste some of this delicious cheese.