Shepherds Purse Artisan Cheeses began in the late 1980s, after Judy Bell discovered her passion and talent for cheese making as she set out on a mission to create quality alternatives for cow’s milk allergy sufferers.
Judy won their first Gold award in 1989 at Nantwich International Cheese Show and awards have been an important part of Shepherds Purse since. In 2017 Harrogate Blue was the winner of the Super Gold at the World Cheese awards, being named as one of the top 15 cheeses in the world!
Shepherds Purse remains a proud, independent family business making cheese in the traditional way in North Yorkshire. The Shepherds Purse team is now a team of 30 passionate artisans, led by Judy’s two daughters, Katie and Caroline.
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