FireFly Farms

Accident, MD

We produce our entire line of goat and cow milk cheeses by hand – using apprenticed cheese makers, not machines. Our cheeses are scooped, turned, salted, washed, brushed, and wrapped by hand. We are committed to putting people to work in a part of the country where jobs, particularly head-of-household wage earning jobs, have become scarce. FireFly Farms sources fresh goat and cow milk from family farms within a 30-mile radius of our creamery. We have mutually beneficial contracts that pay farmers fairly based on the components and quality of their milk. This contract commits our farmers to humane animal husbandry and restricts the use of antibiotics, hormones, and animal feeds that have been treated with chemical or synthetic fertilizers. Our farmers are not forced to manipulate their herds to provide a consistent, year-round milk production. The animals cycle naturally, and we manage our production and aging processes accordingly. Our milk-pricing contract does not penalize producers for “under-production” in winter months, nor “over-production” in summer months. We coordinate closely with our producers regarding anticipated herd growth, and breeding time frames. Our "leftover" whey is captured in a special closed system and is productively used to support our neighbor agri-businesses. This protein-rich, bio-active liquid is not dumped into public sewer or septic; it is captured, refrigerated, picked up by local farmers and fed to livestock. The whey that is not distributed to our local community is safely disposed of at our local water treatment facility.