Like any small business owner, artisan cheesemakers who own and operate their farms and dairies must plan for their eventual retirement. Do they sell their business to a younger generation of cheesemaker or to large corporation? Do they hope their children wish to take over the family business? On this episode of Cutting the Curd, hosts Greg Blais and Anne Saxelby talk to farmstead cheesemakers Laini Fondiller and Andy Hatch about their plans for the future of their business and the cultural implications of succession planning for artisan cheese culture in America.
“The cheese should be the focus, not the person making it.” [23:55] – Andy Hatch