Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
133Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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On most Saturday mornings, Jeff and I listen to CBC's The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean. A true ambassador for Canada, Stuart McLean travels throughout the country showcasing the towns, villages, cities and its people who make up our great country. In addition to talking about the places Stuart McLean visits he is also a very good storyteller. I have grown to appreciate the gift that Stuart has in keeping his program interesting and engaging over the years. Initially I didn’t care much for the program but I have grown attached specifically to the antics that Dave, his wife Morley and their two kids Sam and Stephanie find themselves in each week (the main characters in Stuart’s storytelling sessions). It was one of these typical Saturday mornings that Jeff and I were listening in when we were first introduced to Fromagerie du Presbytère.
The Morin family of four generations operates a family-run company of organic farming that makes cheese. One of the cheeses produced – Louis D’Or has gained notoriety for being the Grand Champion winner of the 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix (an event put on every two years by the Dairy Farmers of Canada). I was intrigued by the descriptions Stuart McLean gave of the cheeses, the people who ran the farm and the cheese shop that has a constant line-up of customers waiting patiently to buy these tasty cheeses. Jeff and I agreed that a stop to this cheese farm should be included in our year of travel.
Fromagerie du Presbytère is located in the village of Saint-Élizabeth de Warwick (near Richmond Quebec – about 2 ½ hrs east of Montreal). A very small farming community, it took some time to find this place. It was only once we arrived at Fromagerie du Presbytère that Jeff and I realized neither one of us had any cash – we prayed that the shop would accept credit cards as the last place we passed with bank machines was about an hour’s drive away. Needless to say we were both relieved that the shop indeed accepted credit cards –we were good to go in whatever size of purchases we wanted to make that day.
Jeff and I sampled a variety of the cheeses having fun talking to the Madame as she passionately described each sampling. The samplings were divine – I was in heaven! Our purchases included the famous Louis D’Or (a firm cheese with a bit of a nut taste), Laliberté (a creamy soft cheese) and Bleu d’Élizabeth (a semi-soft blue cheese with a bit of sharp bite to it). We bought some cheeses for our friends who we would be staying with in Montréal (also cheese lovers) as well as some cheeses to take home with us.
Happy with our purchases, we got back on the road to head to Montréal where we would be spending some time reconnecting with friends.
For more information on Fromagerie du Presbytère: (http://www.fromageduquebec.qc.ca/en/cheese_makers/?fromagerie=Fromagerie_du_Presbytère)