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Photo by Amanda DesRoberts.


   How Silvery Moon Creamery came to be: Silvery Moon Creamery at Smiling Hill Farm was founded by Jennifer Betancourt, along with the Knight family in June of 2003. Jennifer was blessed with the opportunity to learn the art of cheesemaking at the Squire Tarbox Inn on Westport Island, and developed her passion in her kitchen in Portland. Jennifer brought alchemy of cheese making to Smiling Hill Farm, and invented several award winning cheeses during her time here.

In  2011, we welcomed our new cheesemakers Genevieve Johnson and Dorothee Grimm to the farm. Dorothee came to us by way of Germany through Montana, where she had spent her time wrangling sheep and microbes. Genevieve meanwhile has continued on another path, but she left her imprint on our cheeses and especially cheese names.
Our newest apprentice cheesemaker is Rachel Lauriat. Rachel has worked on farms all over the world and is now adding cheesemaking to her many homesteading skills.


About The Farm


   The farm has been in the Knight family since the 1700's. Even though this 500 acre farm (200 acres of pasture, and the rest in woodland) is just minutes away from the Maine Mall and the Portland Jetport, the farm has maintained its lush rolling hills in the face of development. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used on the property. The farm is well known locally for its glass bottled milk, fresh churned butter, and home made ice cream. The milk for these dairy products comes from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones or fed antibiotic supplements. The farm is also home to a small sawmill and lumber yard, Hillside Lumber.

And, unbeknownst to many – Colonel Thomas Westbrook (1675-1743), after whom the town Westbrook, Maine is named, has been resting here in peace for over a quarter millenium. One of the Colonel’s siblings, Mary, married Nathan Knight, whose legacy is carried on in Smiling Hill Farm.


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Cheesemakers Dorothee Grimm and Rachel Lauriat


Silvery Moon Creamery
at Smiling Hill Farm
781 County Road
Westbrook, ME 04092
phone: 207-699-3170
fax: 207-699-3176

To contact Silvery Moon Creamery, click here to Email us.

Cheese List

 



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  • Rosemary's Waltz

  • Tally Ho Plain or w/ Peppercorn or Dill

  • Hathor's Fortune
  • Sawet Wild

  • Crème Fraiche

  • Westbrook White

  • R&R Farmhouse Cheddar

  • Fresh Cheddar Curd
  • Herbed Curd

  • French Herbed Curd

  • Tuscan Herbed Curd

  • Smokey Maple Barbecue Curd

  • Camembert and Brie

  • Fresh Mozzarella and Applewood Smoked Mozzarella

Where to Find Our Cheese


  • Smiling Hill Farm’s Dairy Store in Westbrook
  • Belfast Coop in Belfast
  • The Good Tern Coop in Rockland
  • McKeen and Charles in Waldoboro
  • Blue Hill Coop in Blue Hill
  • Five Islands Farm in Georgetown
  • Bath Natural Foods in Bath
  • Morning Glory in Brunswick
  • Rising Tide Natural Market in Damariscotta
  • Lois’s Natural Market
  • Market Basket in Rockport
  • River’s End Farm in Boothbay
  • Rosemont Market in Portland
  • Rosemont Market in Yarmouth
  • Royal River Natural Foods in Freeport
  • Scratch Bakery in South Portland
  • Treats in Wiscasset
  • Whole Grocer in Portland
  • Spear’s Farmstand in Waldoborough
  • Enoteca Italiana in Kittery
  • Five Islands Farm in Georgetown
  • K. Horton's in The Public Market House in Monument Square
  • Spring Brook Farm in Cumberland
  • Vic and Whits in Saco
  • Sherman Farm in East Conway, NH
  • Artisan Made Food Store in Southbury, Connecticut
  • Venda Ravioli in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Farmstead in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Atwater’s in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Willimantic Coop in Willimantic, Connecticut

And other fine shops!



Restaurants featuring Silvery Moon’s Cheese include:

  • Duckfat in Portland
  • Frog and Turtle in Westbrook
  • Frontier in Brunswick
  • Bon Appetite at St. Joseph’s College
  • Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland


Ask for Silvery Moon Creamery's cheeses by name...you won't be disappointed!


Faces


From left to right: Cheesemaker Genevieve Johnson, Cheesemaker Dorothee Grimm. Rosy cheeked and smiling after a day cheesing it up in the creamery!



Genevieve Johnson can make every variety of cheese at the Creamery. Here she is stretching mozzarella.



 




Wholesale


You can order our cheese wholesale. For more information on prices and delivery/shipping options, please contact our Customer Service Representative Reggie Cavarretta or our Sales Manager Bob Spears at 207-775-4818.

Phone: 207-775-4818
Fax: 207-699-3176
E-mail: info@silverymooncheese.com



Rosemary's Waltz ­ One of our ACS award winners. This cheese has a fresh tart taste, and is coated in rosemary and a scattering of juniper berries. A nice slicing cheese, or it can be crumbled like a feta.




Rosemary's Waltz ­ One of our ACS award winners. This cheese has a fresh tart taste, and is coated in rosemary and a scattering of juniper berries. A nice slicing cheese, or it can be crumbled like a feta.




Rosemary's Waltz ­ One of our ACS award winners. This cheese has a fresh tart taste, and is coated in rosemary and a scattering of juniper berries. A nice slicing cheese, or it can be crumbled like a feta.





Proudly crafting award winning cheese at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook, Maine

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2 lb. Silvery Moon Sampler - $40
3 lb. Silvery Moon Sampler - $50
2 lb. Award Winning Sampler - $40
2 lb. Fresh Curd Assortment - $35
1.5 lb Fresh Cheddar Curd - $25
Set(6) ME Cheese Guild Greeting Cards - $12
Maine Crafted Cheese Board - $22

In the News:

Hot off the press!
SARE Farmer Grower Grant publication, "Current Options in Cheese Aging Caves: An Evaluation, Comparison and Feasibility Study".
Click on the PDF documents to view and/or download them:
Final Report
Scenario 1
Scenario 2
Scenario 2.5
Scenario 3

Silvery Moon Takes Second Place Ribbon for Crème Fraiche at 2008 American Cheese Society Competition!



Awards:

  • Crème Fraiche – Second Place, American Cheese Society, 2008
  • Tuscan Herbed Curd – First Place, American Cheese Society, 2007
  • Crème Fraiche – Second Place, American Cheese Society, 2007
  • Tally Ho w/ Peppercorn – Second Place, American Cheese Society, 2004
  • Rosemary’s Waltz – Second Place, American Cheese Society, 2004
  • French Herbed Curd - Second Place, American Cheese Society, 2004



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