Thirsk, North Yorkshire-based Shepherds Purse Cheeses, established by Judy Bell in 1989 as part of a diversification scheme on the Bell family farm, was the first company to reintroduce artisan blue cheesemaking to Yorkshire since its disappearance in the sixties with the rationalisation of the dairy industry. It launched initially to fill a niche in the market to provide sheep’s milk products, but now boasts a wide range of cheeses available in major supermarkets, specialist cheese shops and delis nationwide, through a large wholesaler base and overseas.
The multi-award winning range of speciality cheeses is still traditionally handmade using top quality, locally sourced cow’s, and ewe’s milk, made to the family’s own recipes. Cheeses include best selling Yorkshire Blue, Mrs Bells Blue, Harrogate Blue, Yorkshire Fettle Cheese, Olde York, Bluemin White, Katy’s White Lavender.
Shepherds Purse Cheeses kindly co-sponsors and produces part of the Yorkshire Awards cheese board.
You can visit their website here.