Cornish Yarg, now made by Lynher Dairies Cheese Company near Truro, was first made thirty years ago on a farm on Bodmin Moor. Spell the name of its creator – Alan Gray – backwards and you have the answer as to how Yarg got its name! Catherine Mead joined the small team in the ’90s, and as demand for the nettle covered cheese grew, a second dairy was built at Ponsanooth near Truro, with all production finally moving there in 2006. It’s not just the cheese that wins accolades – the dairy building has one too, a coveted RIBA award.
Lynher Dairies is now one of the most successful makers of artisan cheese in Britain, consistently winning top prizes, including Best English Cheese at the International Cheese Awards 2013. The dairy processes 2 million litres of milk, hand picks two tonnes of nettle and wild garlic leaves and produces more than 200 tonnes of cheese a year. By industry standards, that puts Lynher in the small-scale dairy bracket, employing 30 people from herdsmen and briners to nettlers and packers.
Lynher Dairies very generously supported our successful FoodWorks Crowdfunder campaign in June 2015 pledging £1,650.