Cheesemaking Expert Jackee Foster Makes a Living on Martha's Vineyard
Jackee Foster has a passion for cheese and local foods that has led her to set up a home on Martha's Vineyard. She began her culinary career in Ireland where she learned to appreciate local ingredients coming daily and fresh from nearby farms. Upon returning to the U.S., she was introduced to cheesemaking through Lourdes Smith and soon after relocated to Martha's Vineyard to work with Mermaid Farm making cheese. Foster is only beginning her career and is overflowing with further cheese and dairy development ideas.
"Since I started, I've been wanting to get into goat's milk cheese," she says. She is currently researching the possibility of setting up a mobile cheesemaking unit and a mobile milking parlor for use by local dairy farmers. "The idea is to build this infrastructure that can go mobile. There are other people on the Island who would like to be doing something like this."