By Bobinec, Greg on December 23, 2019.
The Crystal Springs Cheese Factory, just outside of Lethbridge by Park Lake, opened up their factory on Saturday for the community to learn how cheese products are made and try some fresh-from-the-factory eggnog.
Around Christmas time, fancy cheeses are on almost everyones tables around the holidays, which is why Crystal Springs Cheese decided to have their Christmas on the Farm day, with plenty of activities, tours and tastings throughout the day.
“Today we are doing a Christmas-at-the-Farm event where we have some live cheesemaking, and some eggnog you can get right out of the vat,” says Harvey Beyer, sales and operations manager at Crystal Spring Cheese.
“Christmas and cheese goes well together because people like having fancy cheeses around the holidays, and we love Christmas a lot and we love to celebrate so we thought we would open up and invite people to check out our plant.”
Throughout the day, Crystal Spring Cheese was collecting donations from their entrance fee to donate to Streets Alive Missions in Lethbridge, to help support some of their programming during one of their busiest times of the year.
“Streets Alive is a mission that my brother is very involved with, he volunteers once a week and it is pretty close to him so we decided to raise some funds for Streets Alive,” says Beyer.
“We suggested a $2-entrance fee and we will be donating all of the funds to them later next week.”
Earlier this year, Crystal Springs Cheese opened their retail shop, attached to the factory where people are able to observe the making of local products, but also purchase it straight from the source. Throughout the day, Crystal Springs Cheese was also giving away a hard-to-find Dutch-baked good that is used to celebrate the holidays, to everyone that came out to the farm.
“We are giving away Olebollen which is a Dutch oil bun, we are Dutch and it is a Dutch tradition that is done around Christmas time, but we always bring it out the first snow, but we wanted to give people something they weren’t able to just pick up in a store and enjoy,” says Beyer.
From trying out fresh batches of eggnog, or stretching their own mozzarella, families from all over took to Crystal Spring Cheese Factory for a unique holiday experience, while helping out a local organization that helps those less fortunate this holiday season.
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