Welcome Courtney to the EHC Team!

 

What a beautiful week it is to make some more cheese! We hope everyone is enjoying the fruits of our hard labor and has tried our Underpass Cheese! (If you haven’t check it out at local stores and restaurants!) It is time to introduce our final cheesemaker, Courtney Luskin.

Courtney is a great asset to our team here at East Hill Creamery as she brings a unique skillset to the table. She grew up on a farm in Eastern NY just north of Albany. Courtney was crowned the Rensselaer County Dairy Princess in 2012, and then the NYS Dairy Princess her senior year of High School in 2013. Through these opportunities, Courtney has developed her passion for Dairy Promotion and honed her skills in production throughout her education.

Courtney with her family after being crowned NYS Dairy Princess in 2013
Courtney with her family after being crowned NYS Dairy Princess in 2013

She since attended Morrisville State College and graduated this spring with a degree in Agriculture Business. During her education, Courtney completed two internships in Dairy Processing-both primarily focused on Ice Cream Production but also included cheese and other dairy products. One of her internships was in Tennessee- which was the full farm to store experience. Production of dairy products was completed on-site and utilized all of the milk and cream from the herd. What a great experience to get under your belt before even graduating college!

Courtney in the fields of Tennessee during one of her internships
Courtney in the fields of Tennessee during one of her internships

After completing her degree, Courtney sought out a job that offered her an opportunity in dairy processing she enjoyed along with a strong connection to the values of the family dairy industry. She applied to East Hill Creamery and the rest is history. Today, Courtney works primarily in the caves flipping the cheese wheels. Sounds easy! But this is a grueling task as the wheels range from 15-75 pounds apiece! There are opportunities where Courtney also gets to work in the make room, and packaging the cheese. When I asked her what she liked most about working for East Hill Creamery, she said she enjoyed that this is a startup company, and they are all learning together in this time of growth. Courtney enjoys learning these lessons of a small scale cheese company, and she brings joy, tenacity and a lively energy to the group. She loves the nutty, distinct flavor of the Underpass cheese and is excited for Silver Lake to be ready for debut in a few months. But most importantly, Courtney is looking forward to the Creamery being open to the public. With her background in Dairy Promotion, she gets great joy from educating the community about the importance of agriculture, dairies, and supporting your local economy. We are happy to have Courtney as a part of our staff, look for her when our doors open for the public! She will be ready to greet you with a smile and share with you all about our cheese processing.

Check out that smile! Courtney enjoys horseback riding when she isn't making cheese!
Check out that smile! Courtney enjoys horseback riding when she isn't making cheese!