Posted by Matthew on 22nd Mar 2018
Pedro Collins is a friend and customer of Homestead and has been making cheese at home in Oxfordshire for about 2 years. He has perfected a range of distinctive cheeses, made from the milk from his goats Rosie (pictured with Pedro) and Missy. He sells to local customers thanks to a Hygiene Certificate from the District Council. Pedro says 鈥淭he Environmental Health Officer is happy for me to sell my cheese locally as long as I comply to the basic regs and have an annual visit from an inspector." Making cheese is just Pedro鈥檚 hobby. He has a full time job with the Environment Agency as a Biodiversity Officer but his childhood in the country gave him a love of small-scale farming and farm produce: 鈥滻 was definitely influenced by my grandparents, my fathers parents. They had, what I would call a back yard farm. They kept, turkeys, ducks, goats and a pig as well as an allotment (veggie patch). I spent a lot of time helping out with the chores, including milking and making cheese." Word has spread about Pedro's cheese and there is now a waiting list for delivery - good cheese needs the right amount of time to mature. Pedro also recently he appeared in the BBC's 'Top of the Shop', a programme introduced by Tom Kerridge that celebrates local artisan food makers.