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Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery is HIRING!

Farmstead Cheese Maker

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery is a small, farmstead goat creamery in east-central Illinois. We have been making small-batch artisan goat milk cheese since 2005. We milk 75-80 goats seasonally (March-December), and produce approximately 14,000 pounds of cheese per year including fresh chevre, bloomy rind and raw milk cheeses. Our herd and dairy products are certified “Animal Welfare Approved.”  Champaign-Urbana is a diverse yet small college town within two hours’ drive of Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, IN.

Job Opening: Head Cheesemaker/Production Manager

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, LCC is an artisan farmstead goat dairy and creamery located in Champaign, Illinois. This award-winning creamery, established in 2005, is looking for a new cheesemaker to manage the production of the current line of products (cheese and gelato).  We are looking for a candidate who would love to be part of a small artisan operation and help to further develop the company with increasing production volumes, developing new products, and improving the overall profitability of the operation.

The ideal person has 2 to 5 years of experience with cheese making and understands what it takes to produce dairy products safely in a small, family-owned farmstead operation. In addition to cheese-making, the production manager would be responsible for making gelato base, flavoring and spinning gelato, managing cheese and gelato inventory, managing wholesale accounts, supervising other cheeserie employees and maintaining all relevant records related to production and food safety compliance.   

As time permits, the ideal candidate could also is participate in other farm activities, such as marketing and promotion, goat milking and agri-tourism, etc. The new cheesemaker will receive initial training by the owners, and will gradually take over management-level duties when trained. We also encourage those who aspire to a career as a cheesemaker and/or working for an artisan company to apply if they have significant experience in similar fields (culinary, food science, production of fermented foods/beverages) and have a clear motivation to follow this career path for the long-run.

The candidate must have an eye for detail, excellent organizational skills, impeccable sense of hygiene, ability to be on his/her feet for 8-10 hours/day, ability to lift 50 lbs. or more and an ability to work independently and with a small team (2-3 people).

The company is offering a competitive salary with benefits which will depend on the quality and experience of the candidate.

The position is open now and can be filled between January 20th and March 1st.

If interested email / your resume (including names and contact information of three work-related references) with a letter to: Leslie Cooperband prairiefruits@gmail.com For more information about Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, visit our website or Facebook page.