Demeter organic soft sheep and goats cheese from Edelkäserei Kalteiche

1.00 kg/box

Demeter organic soft sheep and goats cheese from Edelkäserei Kalteiche

1.00 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 1kg of Demeter organic sheep and goat soft cheese
Race: East Friesian sheep, Anglo-Nubian goat
4 x Demeter organic herder's cheese rounds from goat and sheep milk with organic herbs (170g each, shrink-wrapped)
1 x Demeter feta cheese from goat's milk, natural (170g, shrink-wrapped)
1 x Demeter feta cheese from goat's milk, seasoned (170g, shrink-wrapped)
Our herder's cheese rounds are mild rounds of soft cheese: whether on bread, in a salad or grilled in a pan – the herder's cheese can be enjoyed in a variety of ways and is a real all-rounder
Our feta cheese is a mild, soft cheese made from goat's milk and matured in brine: you can enjoy it grilled, lightly seared in a pan or simply raw in a salad
Biodynamic farming certified by the Demeter label since 2010
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2010
It is best to store the cheese in the refrigerator, where it will keep for 3 to 4 weeks
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Matthias Kühn
My name is Matthias Kühn. I am 37 years old, married and have two children. I am a certified agricultural expert, run the "Edelkäserei Kalteiche" farm, keep sheep and chickens, and make hay and then cheese – but my parents are not farmers. Actually, I come from a real "city family"! The production of food and keeping farm animals were already big topics for me in my childhood, and, as a little boy, I always wanted to visit the animals. I thus decided early on to become a farmer. That is not an easy path when coming in as a lateral entrant! After all, as a city child, you don't have a farm to take over from your parents – no land, no machines and no herd of animals. In addition, we did not get a childhood on the farm, nor the experience and lessons of our parents and grandparents, which many farmer's children have available to them, though sometimes do not appreciate at all. We actually started from scratch, with literally empty hands. Just buying a farm, the land, the animals and the machines in the first place represents a great financial burden. We will have to work for many years simply to ensure that everything is actually completely ours before we can think about making money. Nevertheless, I don't regret this step at all: I have fulfilled my lifelong dream with the farm, and now I can be a farmer every day. Before I had the chance to set up the farm, I worked on various farms in Germany and Switzerland, always with a focus on dairy cattle, milk processing and cheese making. In the beginning, my sister took care of the farming and I made the cheese. After completing her further training as a dairy technologist, Sarah noticed that she had even more fun working in the cheese dairy than in the barn, and we switched "jobs". As time has gone on, it has now turned out that the focus of my sister Sarah's work is in the cheese dairy, while my wife, Ricarda, takes care of organisational matters, the children and meals, but also takes part in the weekly markets. Lars, Frederik and I look after the sheep and chickens with the trainee, and also make the hay and tend the pastures. Lars also supplies organic shops with our products. I also do the bookkeeping and look after the weekly markets in Bonn and Cologne. We would like to participate in CrowdFarming in order to give people who do not live in our area the opportunity to enjoy our products.
Edelkäserei Kalteiche
Our company, "Edelkäserei Kalteiche", is located in the middle of the Weißtal nature reserve, between Wilgersdorf and Rudersdorf on the edge of the Rothaar Mountains. Our village is located on the mountain "Kalteiche", which gave our farm its name. We keep East Frisian milk sheep here, as well as chickens in mobile chicken stalls. The farm's area is predominantly made up of extensive, biodiverse grassland. On the few areas of arable land, we grow grass-clover ley, maize, sunflowers and grain for the chickens. Despite the only ten-year-old building, numerous birds nest with us, such as house martins, barn swallows, nuthatches and wrens – this is something special, because these animals are becoming rarer and rarer to see and can often only be found in very old, inhabited barns, which are slowly disappearing. There are many opportunities for going hiking from our farm. You can reach the Rothaarsteig directly, or hike in the Weißtal nature reserve along the Weiß river. Our lambs graze in the "Grube neue Hoffnung" nature reserve in summer and tend to the calcareous areas (nutrient-poor areas that are often low yield; agricultural cultivation is hardly worthwhile), where many orchids grow. The Siegerland is an agriculturally disadvantaged area and, with the exception of the last 3 years, is characterised by high annual rainfall and low temperatures. The competition for land here is comparatively low. It consists mostly of permanent grassland and suckler cow farms. We want to produce good regional food here and are one of only two cheese dairies in the entire district. We would also like to show that, even in such difficult areas, well-functioning and profitable agriculture is possible, and we want to encourage people! At the moment, we are fully dedicated to our sheep and the cheese dairy: we have given our goat herd to the Mathildenhof farm. Here, our friend, gardener and farmer Bernd Uwe and his husband take care of the beautiful Anglo-Nubian goat herd and bring the milk to us twice a week for cheese making. The two of them also run the Mathildenhof as a Demeter farm. Our farm was founded by me and my sister in 2007: we first started on a leased estate 30 km away and finally moved to our current farm in 2011. We bought the land at that time and started erecting buildings. Our farm was thus founded by us and does not have a long story to tell. We work in accordance with the Demeter and Biokreis guidelines (Biokreis is another private, German organic label) and farm in sustainable way, which means that we manage our extensive grassland in such a way that the natural flora is preserved. In some cases, we even have contractual agreements for nature conservation on our land. Out in the field, weed control is carried out exclusively by mechanical means, through combing and hoeing. Fortunately, it is not necessary to irrigate our land, and this would not be profitable either. We're keeping our fingers crossed that precipitation will not become even more irregular due to climate change! By planting fruit trees and hedges, and making use of the grassland late on, ground-nesting birds such as the meadow pipit are protected. Energy is also always a big issue in the company. We have exclusively been using renewable energies for heating since the start of operations. The entire farm has a hot water network, which is fed by solar thermal energy, a heat pump and a log boiler. This also covers the pasteurisation of the milk and the cheese production. The wood comes from the farm, and we also plant around 120 poplars and other fast-growing wood for fuel every year. We also have a photovoltaic system with an electricity storage unit to cover our needs in terms of electrical energy. There are hardly any leftovers – they are composted or fed to the chickens. It is only for the whey where we are still looking for interesting solutions, because a lot of litres of it are amassed in the cheese dairy! The farm is run by 5 people: my sister and her boyfriend, my wife and me, and Frederik. We also have 1–2 apprentices and interns, a worker from Wilgersdorf who helps out in the cheese dairy, and three salespeople, who work exclusively at the market in Bonn and Cologne and also live there. My wife, sister and I have been working together for 13 years, and Lars, Sarah's partner, has been with us for 4 years. Frederik has been strengthening our team for 1.5 years. He takes the load off me with the farming, so I can go to the markets. All trainees are paid according to collective wage agreements and also have the opportunity to live here on the farm and also to eat together with everyone in the community. We all have breakfast and lunch together. It is important to me to form a real community, and a "feeling of well-being for everyone" is a priority.
Technical information
Address
Edelkäserei Kalteiche, Wilgersdorf, DE
Altitude
400m
Team
4 women, 6 men
Size
38 ha
Cultivation technique
Permanent grassland
Flock size
120 sheep and 150 goats
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