NRCS Maryland Proposal for Featured Customer 1
Chapel Country Creamery -- Eric and Holly FOSTER family farm
Easton, Talbot County, Maryland (DelMarVa Peninsula on Eastern Shore)
Type of Operation:
Family-owned farm that includes a dairy herd of 100 Jersey and Holstein cows, cheese-making enterprise, and poultry house operations. Family is very active and enterprising in diverse agriculture to include aggressive marketing of products and educational uses of conservation practices on their 42-acre farm. The all-natural, artisan cheese products are marketed through direct business contacts and on the farm website, www.chapelscreamery.com. What began as a small-side business, the cheese-making operation is now the focus of the farm operation.
Conservation Summary: Honored by local Soil Conservation District as Conservation Cooperative Farm of the Year in 2004 for their environmentally friendly ag operation and commitment to protecting soil, air and water quality concerns. Eric Foster grew up on a dairy farm and trains race horses for a living in addition to managing the family farm. Holly began a small cheese-making operation, which has blossomed into a farm-fresh product line sold and used in farmers markets, gourmet shops, and upscale restaurants in Maryland, Washington, DC, Delaware, and New York City and featured at food trade shows, wine festivals and the annual International Waterfowl Festival held in Easton.
The family is agriculturally diverse by embracing alternative agriculture and value-added practices to sustain the farm with their gourmet cheese-making business which they market to agri-tourism, commercial and educational enterprises.
The Foster Family ï¿½Eric, Holly, Erin, Lee, Emmylou and baby Erica (from back, clockwise) and creamery mascot and family pet cow, Rainey.