The Slow Food foundation, the operational body for the protection of food biodiversity, has identified a small number of producers in South Africa who process only raw milk (from their own animals or local farms); use animal-welfare-friendly farming practices; limit themselves to a small-scale production that protects the local environment, culture and traditions; and, most importantly, make cheeses of the highest quality.
One of these producers is our very own local farmer and artisanal cheese maker Chris Metelerkamp owner of the family run farm “Ganzvlei “.
This incredibly lush farm located halfway between Knysna and Sedgefield and has a very interesting history dating back to 1770’s. Christopher’s father Peter Metelerkamp wrote the “Ganzvlei Story” in where he gives his own account of the history of the farm, people who have lived there since the 1770’s, and some of the Metelerkamp family history. A PDF of the text can be found at the following link: The Ganzvlei Story - Click here to download the .pdf document
Christopher’s dedication and passion in raising, nurturing and milking his pedigree Jersey herd has him producing nationally and Internationally award-winning cheeses such as his mature Cheddar called Vastrap, Ganzvlei's Blue Moon a medium to full strength blue cheese and his bloomy rind Goukambert which is a camembert style with a white penicillium mould.
Like the saying goes the proof is in the pudding and in this case it’s definitely all in the cheese.
To purchase these delicious cheeses get down to the Sedgefield Wild Oats community market every Saturday (from 7:30-12 noon summer; 8:00-12winter)morning where Christopher has been selling his produce for almost 17yrs come rain or shine.
For more info: contact Sedgefield Tourism Office at 044 343 2007