I just got off the phone with Amy Turnbull, who with husband Stephen J. Hueffed owns Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese in Doty, near the Chehalis River.
This is the first year of production for the couple who bought their farm 5 years ago and have since built their herd to 150 sheep. They produce fresh ricotta, blue cheese and several other styles of cheese. This weekend is the first time they'll participate in the Seattle Cheese Festival, held May 16 and 17 at the Pike Place Market.
Production is way up right now for Willapa Hills. Not only are they going to sell at the Gig Harbor Farmers Market this weekend, but they'll also supply cheese samples at the Seattle Cheese Festival. Then, next week, the couple will start selling their cheese at the Tacoma Farmers Broadway Market, which opens May 21.
Watch TNT Diner next Wednesday for a story about the couple and Willapa Hills Farmstead.
Where to buy their cheese:
Gig Harbor Farmers Market, this Saturday
Seattle Cheese Festival, this Saturday and Sunday
Metropolitan Market, Proctor location
Direct from Willapa Hills Farmstead
At the Tacoma Farmers Market, beginning May 21