BUTTERING US UP
STIRLING CREAMERY™, WITH A FREE BONUS PHOTO OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE EMPIRE CHEESE CO-OP
Posted in Seasonal Ontario Food on July 6, 2010
Our expected last stop on our trip home from Ottawa was at the Stirling Creamery™ which is in, yes, Stirling, an attractive village a bit north of Belleville. Alas, thanks to my having attempted to set up a visit at the last moment, I was not really able to speak to anyone about the butter making process there.
The factory is a small and fairly utilitarian building, next to a fast moving small river. One assumes that the town started in this location as the water provided power for mills and manufacturing.
Looking up the river the other direction. We wandered up the street to check out the old stone building, which we assumed had been a mill. (It was, although it was also the town fire-hall for many years.) We ended up chatting with some folks who now had shops in the building, and who were out enjoying the lovely weather (it was lunch time.) One couple was from Montreal originally, and they remembered that Stirling butter had been available there… it does get around.
In addition to the usual salted and unsalted butters sold by the pound or half pound, Stirling Creamery™ makes goat butter – we bought half a pound to try – and whey butter, which as mentioned already was the best butter in our butter tasting last year. They also sell molded and formed butters to the hospitality industry, so if you find yourself served butter in the form of a golf ball (!?) , a rose, a maple leaf or a fleur de lis, chances are good it’s Stirling Creamery™ butter.
We really didn’t luck out. The creamery is set up so that you can see the butter being made through large windows on the street, but alas – no butter was being made when we were there. It was a bit surprising, nevertheless, to see how much their giant butter churns look like… giant butter churns. Whodathunk?