happy sheep - our symbol of quality.
People are increasingly looking for authentic, artisanally made
foods. Sometimes it can be difficult to find your way through
the sea of marketing buzzwords that certain firms use (or abuse)
in order to publicize their products in the hope of seducing you
into spending your food dollar with intentional misconceptions
about the origin, manufacturing process and nature of their product.
Unfortunately, the cheese industry is not exempt from this trend,
especially since the current Canadian and Quebec regulations are
often either entirely absent, imprecise, or used in a manner inconsistent
with their original intended definitions for terms such as raw
milk, artisanal, farmstead, or natural, etc. Some companies exploit
these terms in an effort to fool you into believing that you are
purchasing an artisanal or farmstead product, in spite of having
manufacturing processes and levels of production that are more
akin to a large commercial operation.Worse yet, they disappoint
you with the promise of a world-class cheese, a cheese with character,
yet they sell only the palest of imitations of what true farmstead
cheese should be.
We want to be worthy of your trust, and for that reason, we have
implemented our own symbol of quality. This commitment clearly
outlines how we achieve the final product, from our pastures to
your table, and is without a doubt, the best guarantee that we
We have developed an unique method for raising our animals which
hinges on respect for the natural living conditions of our sheep.
To this end, we stringently adhere to the following practices
-Our pastures are seeded with a mixture of more than a dozen wild
plants and herbs which occur naturally in our region, les Bois-Francs.
In this manner, our sheep are fed free choice from a selection
of grasses, flowers, grains and legumes. This varied diet can
be tasted in the resulting milk and cheese.
-From spring thaw to first snow, our sheep spend every day free-ranging
across our pastures.
-The animals quench their thirst with free-flowing spring water.
-The flock easily finds shelter under the trees on our pastures,
shielding them from the scorching heat of summer and high winds.
-Our flock is never fed with silage since this would negatively
affect the subtle flavor of the milk.
-Our hay is harvested at the peak
of growth and nutritional value, in other words, when it is in
full flower. This high quality forage lends a subtle palette of
flavors to the ewes’ milk throughout the winter.