Two Sisters Launch Cheesemaking Business in Vancouver
The Vancouver Sun has the story of the rise of a new handmade cheese in Maple Ridge. Golden Ears Cheesecrafter's, a family-owned cheese shop, has added a cheesemaking arm to their operation, spearheaded by Jenna and Emma Davison, the family's younger generation:
Their parents tossed around ideas for several possible business ventures to keep their daughters involved in the family's rural Maple Ridge property at the edge of creeping suburbia. By last year, only 50 acres remained of the property that Jenna and Emma Davison's family had owned and parcelled off over the last hundred years. Their dad, Kerry, and his wife, Lynn, thought about a yogurt business, but ultimately decided on artisanal cheese, in part because his brother's dairy farm was next door.
"I was going into nursing and my sister was just finishing up school doing horticulture and agriculture," said Emma, 22, of the day in 2010 when the family had a meeting. "They came to us with the idea, 'If you sign up, this is for life.