Based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, Shepherd’s Purse Artisan Cheeses began in the late 1980s after Mum, Judy Bell, discovered her passion and talent for cheese making, setting out on a mission to create quality dairy alternatives for cow’s milk allergy sufferers.
Judy won their first Gold award in 1989 at the Olde York at Nantwich International Cheese Show and awards have been an important part of Shepherd’s Purse since. In 2017 they had their best year yet with Harrogate Blue winning Super Gold at the World Cheese awards and being named in the top 15 cheeses in the World! They have grown organically through the years, but remain a proud, independent family business making cheese in the traditional way on their farm in North Yorkshire. The Shepherds Purse team is now a team of 30 passionate artisans being led by Judy’s two daughters Katie and Caroline.