Sally Jackson Cheese is a small producer of "artisan" cheeses that recently announced that they were going out of business after 30 years of cheese production. If you were to read the news stories, you'd find statements about unsanitary conditions and a recall, but if you read a bit more, you'll find that Sally Jackson had been ordered to replace her cheese making facility, and the double-blow of both a recall and the anticipated expense of rebuilding were too much of a hurdle to cross.
In the news article, Sally cited her taxable income of $12,000 a year, which compares with an average wage in okanogan county of $34,000. Her cheese was sold in whole foods and at a variety of high-end outlets, and by all accounts was appreciated by her customers at prices around $30/lb.
Sally Jackson sold cheese in 17 states. , which would lead you to believe that she had a large company, but three cows, a herd of sheep and a herd of goats was her source for the dairy. For the type of cheese she produced -- raw milk cheeses -- the market is fairly small.
"dw, december 18th, 2010 at 15:24: Sally Jackson makes an exquisite, traditional style cheese with a flavor that is just outstanding. I suspect it will turn out that these fears about her cheese in particular are unfounded. Unfortunately her operation is small and I'm worried that this kind of PR could be very hard on her farm and on our neighbors who work with her."
A raw, artisan cheese. Great flavor. A producer that probably has a name for each of their animals. 8 people sick, some of which ate her product, some that can't remember. And no more of this product.
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