Heartland Creamery: Cheese with a Mission
At Heartland Creamery, cheese is not the only mission. Through it's affiliation with Heartland's rehab facility, the creamery helps people rebuild their lives and recover from addiction. The Quincy Herald-Whig has the full story:
"I've had good jobs on the outside. I was a graphic designer," said one cheesemaker, who did not give his name. "My problem was alcohol, 10 years of alcohol addiction. I was going through all kinds of legal issues and came to a point I knew I needed a change in my life, a drastic change. I looked up online different places. This seemed like the right place for me."
He knew nothing at all about making cheese, but the graphic design work honed a fine eye for detail which helped in learning about milk and cheesemaking.
"It's a meticulous process. It's a process that takes patience and attention to detail," he said. "A lot of people think we just cook milk and make it into cheese. It's a lot more involved than that."