Classes on the Farm

An inspiring series of workshops hosted by Bella Luna Farms

We are excited to welcome our neighbors, friends and soon-to-be new friends to the farm for a new series of courses focusing on such subjects as traditional food crafts and techniques, nature-inspired decor, and even family-friendly fun in the kitchen. We hope you’ll join us to gather around the table, perhaps learn something new, and help build our community.
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The Art of Butter-Making

MARCH 29, 2020 • 9:30 AM
$95

We welcome you to join us as professional cheese and buttermaker Meghan McKenna teaches us how to make glorious cultured butter at home. We will use local Cherry Valley Dairy’s famous Jersey Cream to create French-style butter as well as Fleur de Sel butter, and a variety of compound butters for you to take home. You will leave the class armed with the skills you need to recreate butter at home, to the delight of your family and friends, as well as a product of your own creation! We will also make a classic ranch buttermilk dressing from scratch with our fresh buttermilk and then share in the fruits of our labor together over a light meal.

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Crème Fraiche, Mascarpone & Ricotta

MARCH 29, 2020 • 1:30 PM
$130

We welcome you to join us as professional cheesemaker Meghan McKenna guides us into the wonderful world of cheesemaking. In this class, we will make a trio of European dairy classics: Learn how to culture your very own Crème Fraiche—the favored cooking cream of France—from two simple ingredients; Mascarpone is the slightly more decadent Italian cream, thick and tart; and lastly, we will dabble in the cheesemaking world with fresh, whole-milk Ricotta. (Once you’ve made this cheese from scratch you will never need to buy ricotta again!) You will take home recipes and the confidence to recreate these cheeses at home. To finish the day, we will share in the fruits of our labor together over charcuterie and sparkling wine, and each student will depart with a product of their own creation.

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The Art of Butter-Making

~Rescheduled from March 8~

APRIL 19, 2020 • 10:30 AM
$95

We welcome you to join us as professional cheese and buttermaker Meghan McKenna teaches us how to make glorious cultured butter at home. We will use local Cherry Valley Dairy’s famous Jersey Cream to create French-style butter as well as Fleur de Sel butter, and a variety of compound butters for you to take home. You will leave the class armed with the skills you need to recreate butter at home, to the delight of your family and friends, as well as a product of your own creation! We will also make a classic ranch buttermilk dressing from scratch with our fresh buttermilk and then share in the fruits of our labor together over a light meal.

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Fresh Cheeses & Artisan Cheese-Making

~Rescheduled from March 8~

APRIL 19, 2020 • 2:30 PM
$120

We welcome you to join us as professional cheesemaker Meghan McKenna guides us through the wonderful world of lactic cheesemaking. We will use local, farm-fresh goat or cow milk to create gorgeous artisan cheeses. We will start by making a French classic—fresh Chevre from goat milk or Fromage Blanc from cow. We will then play with shapes, flavorings and traditional coatings like vegetable ash to create individual cheese masterpieces. This class will also explore the next steps to creating delicious bloomy-rind cheeses like crottin and chaource. To finish, we will share in the fruits of our labor together over charcuterie and sparkling wine and each student will take home cheese, recipes and the confidence to make them again and again!

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