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Cato Corner Farm keeps 2 decades of cheese tradition going

The Colchester cheesemakers were named one of the top 50 cheesemakers in the country by Food and Wine Magazine.

COLCHESTER, Conn. — For over two decades, Mark Gillman has been plying his craft in Colchester. Gillman and his mother, Elizabeth MacAlister are co-owners of Cato Corner Farm, creating around 20 varieties of artisanal cheese. 

Gillman said the “pasture to palette” product begins with the 40 Jersey dairy cows that live on the farm, “we raise the animals, we milk them, we take care of them, we use that milk to transform it into what we think is a beautiful cheese.”

Named one of the top 50 cheesemakers in the country by Food and Wine Magazine, Gillman and cheesemaker Lily Orr continue to take pride in their local product. 

"This is something that you do have to have a passion for and you also to have a lot of patience and a lot of attentiveness to be a cheesemaker," Orr said, 

Gillman added that he is always learning on the job to perfect the cheeses he offers.

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“I feel like there is always more to learn," he said. "It’s really a nice mix of science and art.” 

After slicing up a cheese presentation of five of Cato Corners' favorite flavors, Orr added, “We are micro farmers, we really are taking from this land and putting into something we can preserve for everyone to eat.”

Cato Corner Farm has an on-site shop that runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. To learn more, click here.

Jimmy Altman is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at jaltman@fox61.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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