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Whalesborough Farm Foods, Cornwall

Sue Proudfoot until recently lived with her husband and two children with four other families on the Whalesborough Estate near Bude. 2009 has been a trying year with getting used to their new dairy at Norton Barton Farm, and changing their milk supply to buying direct from Neil Bradley, dairy farmer at Delabole just 15 miles south. It has all been a steep learning curve with many horror stories regarding moving cheese making premises resounding in Sue's ears, so having heard they have won medals for almost all of their cheeses at the various shows it is especially reassuring to know they are definitely on the right track with their cheese production. They still supply top quality cheeses and will continue to try and improve what they do. Sue embarked on her cheese-making career around 2000, really out of desperation. She had no qualifications and there was no chance of getting a decent job locally. The family needed an additional source of income, husband Frazer milked cows every day and so it was to cheese that she turned. With help from a friend of her mother's who taught Sue to make cheese she started making her own cheese is a converted corner of the grain store. It was very hard to start with and after a few trips to London with a back pack full of cheese the big boys realised she was serious. She now sells to Fortnum and Masons as well as small deli's and restaurants all over the West Country and is doing very nicely thank you.