Interview with Mary Quicke of Quickes Traditional Cheese
Marcella the Cheesemonger meets with Mary Quicke of Quickes Traditional Cheese for a lactose lecture. Quicke, whose family has been in the cheese business for more than four centuries in England, is certainly an authority on the subject.
Your family has been in the dairy business for more than 400 years. Did you ever consider not carrying on the family tradition or has cheese always been in your blood?
Mary Quicke: I’ve got 3 brothers, so I assumed one of them would be the one carrying on the tradition – my father wanted us to make a positive choice to come back to the farm. He was quite off putting – how hard the work is, how difficult to make money. I was away from the farm for 10 years, but I missed it. My father was speaking about the grass, the cows, the cheese. I got inspired, asked him if he’d consider me coming back to the farm, & he leapt at it.