Since 1998, artisan cheese makers Miles as well as Janet King have quietly created a broad variety of supreme ewe and cow's milk cheeses on their idyllic 30-acre farm on the outskirts of Masterton, New Zealand.
Kingsmeade started out making ewe's milk cheeses with milk from their own flock of East Friesian sheep. Clover, chicory, plantain and lucerne cover broad, green meadows. The sheep allow, contented and also filled with individuality-- no need to round them up at milking time, they listen to Miles' voice as well as come on their very own.
After years of hands on care, meticulous records and also genetic studies, Miles' flock has developed into New Zealand's first registered sheep milking breed - Dairymeade.
Today, Kingsmeade makes 9 different varieties of cheese, many from ewe's milk and some from cow's. All are uniquely hand crafted, varying from aged difficult varieties to deliciously creamy.
Calmness as well as quietly spoken, Miles is hands-on from the first steamy breath of the newborn lambs to the day-to-day milking, cheesemaking, cutting and also packaging. Each set of cheese is hand made in the manufacturing facility on the farm, right beside the family home. Janet runs the distribution, cheerfully dispatching orders throughout New Zealand.