River Glen Farm Cheese—Established 1997 We certainly did not invent the process of cheese making but had a fascinating & very eventful time learning & establishing our cheese business.
We were both involved in stockbroking in Johannesburg and in 1995 decided that we had had enough of the big world of finance. After looking all around the country for suitable second career prospects we bought a smallholding in Underberg, Kwazulu Natal.
We moved to River Glen in May 1996 and soon after Punch gave Karin 5 beautiful registered Jersey heifers. The heifers duly calved and after the initial thrill, we had to find a market for our milk. We started selling milk and amasi in the village which proved to be a very erratic market and eventually Punch threatened that either he or the cows must go. Karin having a level head, decided upon cheesemaking, and that is where the fun started. Setting up a small cheese factory was far more expensive than we anticipated and 12 years down the line we are still buying equipment, learning about cheesemaking, marketing & distribution.