PYGENDAIRY FARM | MUNCH ON TASMANIA
Discover Pygendairy Farm handcraft one of Australia’s most awarded cloth bound cheddar cheeses. The tradition of making cheese in the Pyengana valley dates back to the 1880s when James LeFevre returned to make cheese on the property Glen View. Several European families settled in the Pyengana Valley in this time and in the 1890s the first cheese factory was established in the area by the Jestrimski’s and others joined the cheese making tradition of the valley.
The Pyengana Cheese and Butter factory was built in the 1890s and became a cooperative in the 1900s this continued operation until the 1950s and when it closed many locals that learned the art of cheese making continued to produce cheese on family farms in the area.
The Jestrimski family continued to produce cheese from the 1890s until 1994. In 1992 Jon Healy, a fourth-generation dairy farmer establish Pyengana Dairy and commenced production of Pyengana Cheddar. Pyengana Real Milk was first bottled in 1995 and the Holy Cow Café was opened at the dairy site in 2002. Jon Healey sold Pyengana Dairy to TasFoods Ltd in 2017 who maintain the cheesemaking heritage using the original cheesemaking recipe handed down through the valley and following 130 years of tradition. Jon retains ownership of the site and dairy farm and continues an active interest in the cheese making operation.