The Wayne County Tourism Promotion Committee held two tours in the county starting with the northern region.
The guided bus tour was led by local historian Tom Kennedy.
“We want to share the wonderful history, heritage and culture of Northeastern Pennsylvania,” he said. “The intent of these tours is to acquaint you with all the great places we have. Our hope is that you can inform people [about these places].”
The last stop of the tour was at Calkins Creamery, part of Highland Farm, a dairy established in 1841 by the Bryant family.
The 250-acre farm is in its sixth generation and became part of Pennsylvania's farmland preservation program in 2009.
Father and son, William and Zack, manage 160 Holstein cows and daughter Emily Montgomery is the cheesemaker. She began making cheese in 2006.
Montgomery said they produce between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds of cheese a week.
“We use about 2,000 pounds of milk that yields 200 pounds of cheese [a day],” she stated. “It's a 10 to one ratio.”
Those on the tour got to see some of the cheese being made. Two workers were filling up molds to stack on top of each other in order to get the cheese ready.
Montgomery talked about the process of making the cheese and how long it could take. She then took the group through the cooler where the cheese is kept so they could see different varieties that are available.
Calkins Creamery offers “an array of artisanal varieties,” ranging from soft bloomy rinds to one-year-old cave-aged naturals.
Some cheeses include Noble Road, Old Man Highlander, Daisy, Smoke Signal, Georgic, Vampire Slayer, Cowtipper, Misty Morning, Lida Gold, Highlander, 1841, Levon's Luck and Noblette.
Montgomery said the public can take a tour, but Calkins Creamery appreciates letting them know ahead of time that you want to come.
Calkins Creamery delivers product around the country.
“We continue to grow every year and sales have gone up,” Montgomery said. “We don't do real direct marketing like door to door sales. A lot of it is through word of mouth.”
Cheese can also be purchased on their website, www.calkinscreamery.com.
Montgomery explained when the weather is warmer it's harder to figure out the shipping aspects.
“We ice it all down, prep the cheese ahead, cool it down and pack it with ice packs so it stays well during delivery,” she stated.
Calkins Creamery is located at 288 Calkins Road, Honesdale. Call (570) 729-8103, visit their website and find them on Facebook.