In January 1999, Clarke and Nancy Gourlay with their 3 boys returned from Switzerland where they had been living for several years. Inspired by the magnificent Swiss cheeses, they set out to learn and practice the ancient and noble art of cheesemaking. The cool moist climate in the shadow of Vancouver Island’s Mt. Arrowsmith proved to be ideal for grazing cows and ripening artisan cheeses, and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks found a home. They began milking cows and making cheese in 2001 and three years later settled on beautiful, Morningstar Farm. Sharing their farm with the public has always felt like an immense privilege and their passion is to see others inspired and empowered to know where their food comes from, how it’s produced, and why that matters. Look for their delicious cheeses at your favourite Country Grocer.