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Sue Miller from Birchrun Hills Farm

Fourth-generation farmer Sue Miller, her husband Ken and sons Randy and Jesse have been turning out fine artisan cheese from raw cow milk since 2006.

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Miller likes to say that “Happy cows come from Birchrun Hills Farm,” and she allows her 90-some Holsteins and Jerseys to graze around the clock.

Her cheese process—honed after a year and a half of formal training and personal experimentation—is done in small batches, using only the very best milk. Birchrun Hills products, ranging from the subtle, lightly veined Birchrun Blue to the oozy, grassy Fat Cat have put Chester County terroir on the global cheese map and established Miller as one of the region’s leading cheesemakers.

Miller enjoys spreading the word about her sustainable practices and educating eaters about cheese at local tasting events and Tria’s Fermentation School. Birchrun Hills Farm cheeses are available at the Fair Food Farmstand, Di Bruno Bros., Talula’s Table, the Piazza at Schmidt’s and Headhouse Square Farmer’s Market.

2573 Horseshoe Trail, Chester Springs, PA. (610) 827-1603 | Birchrunhillsfarm.com

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