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Remembering Patricia Elliott, 84, award-winning maker of cheese – Everona Dairy

Photo: Washington Post

Photo: Washington Post

“Dr. Elliott was in her late 60s when she ventured into her farmhouse sheep-cheese business. She acquired a border collie puppy on a whim at a local food festival in 1992 and soon after purchased 10 dairy sheep to keep the energetic herding dog occupied.

She decided her new house guests needed to earn their keep. “I was standing out in the pasture with the sheep and started to wonder if they could make money . . . and pay for themselves. I thought maybe [I] could milk them,” she told the consumer cheese magazine Culture in 2009.

The self-motivated, do-it-yourselfer immersed herself in mastering the art and science of cheesemaking while keeping up her medical practice. With little literature and few nearby experts on sheep-dairying practices available, she traveled to Wisconsin and overseas to Greece to hone her skills before opening a commercial, artisan cheese operation, Everona Dairy, in 1998.”

The full obituary and feature via Patricia Elliott, 84, doctor and award-winning maker of cheese – The Washington Post.

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