Monday, June 25, 2012

Gibsondale Cheese Company

 A Kerry and Holstein cow on their way in to make milk for the Gibsondale Cheese Company

I am just back from the 2012 ADCA annual meeting, show and sale. It was great time and the chance to talk to Dexter breeders from across the nation was well worth the long drive.  The trip will give me fodder for lots of blog posts, and helped sharpen the direction of my breeding plans

I unveiled Adam's current farmstead cheese lineup at the show, and the cheeses were well received. The farmstead cheese now has its own identity to differentiate it from the local cream line milk business.  With a bit of arm twisting, my talented wife prepared the website for the new endeavor; the Gibsondale Cheese Company.

The Gibsons were a prominent local farming family who settled western Pennsylvania from Northern Ireland in the years before the Civil War.  Where several of their farms met, was called "Gibsondale", and Gibsons are in both the Grossman and Dean family trees. (Sometimes I joke that local families are as inbred as our Kerry Cattle!). Dales are the term for a broad valley surrounded by low hills, and fit much of this area well.

We have no e-store yet for the cheese, but I would appreciate any feedback on the new website. I think "granny miller"-- AKA my lovely bride did a beautiful job.


  1. I agree that she did a great job. Interesting to me side note, I met Mr. Hanni several times when I was growing up, he was always a very nice man and he made the best cheese curds.

  2. It was great to meet you and collect some of that good cheese! Thanks for the tips and conversation.

    She did a great job with the site. Both my brother and I work with Wordpress professionally, so if she needs some tips or pointers, let me know.

    - The young folk looking for a Dexter cow (Daniel & Bethany, Peter & Amanda).

  3. Daniel, Bethany, Peter and Amanda,
    Sorry for the belated reply as I have been paying for the days off with catching up. It was a pleasure to meet you. Hope you can find a cow soon.

    Best Regards,

    Richard Grossman