Michele Cashman and Stephen Bender from Ballinrostig Organic Cheese are joined by Darina Allen along with milk suppliers Batt Sheehan and Dan Ahern to celebrate “going organic” at Midleton Farmers’ Market.
Say (Organic) ‘Cheese!’
Ballinrostig Cheese celebrates conversion to organic cheese
Ballinrostig Cheese celebrated its conversion to organic cheese at Midleton Farmers’ Market on Saturday week last. The husband and wife team of Stephen Bender and Michele Cashman own and run this small artisan dairy in Ballinrostig and they were thrilled to have Darina Allen visit their stand on the day.
Stephen moved to Ireland from the Netherlands more than 20 years ago and he is proud to be considered an honorary Irish man. Of course he was steeped in and learned his trade within the cheese making culture of the Netherlands. He ran a successful business making and selling goats cheese there and also when he came to Ireland first.
In 2014 the couple moved into and renovated Michele’s family home in the village of Ballinrostig, in East Cork, transforming the garage into a purpose-built dairy.
Stephen and Michele began production just over two years ago and, this year, decided to convert to organic because of their values in relation to sustainability, animal welfare and human health. They are both delighted with the resulting cheese and the reaction to it has been fantastic. Both Stephen and Michele credit this in part to the very high quality organic milk they buy in from their two farmer suppliers: Dan Ahern and Batt Sheehan.
Ballinrostig Organic Cheese can be purchased at Midleton Farmers’ Market each Saturday morning or from Day’s Eurospar, Whitegate; The Village Greengrocer, Castlemartyr; Ballymaloe Cookery School Shop and BakeStone at Fota Retail Park in Carrigtwohill.