The first cheeses made by Les Fromages du Verger were introduced in 2008, one year after Brigitte and Michel Guérin acquired an apple orchard on a mountain in St-Joseph-du-Lac.
Both former executives in the pharmaceutical industry, the couple decided to change their lifestyle completely. They wanted to become ecological responsible entrepreneurs and the birth of their daughter felt like the perfect time to embark on this new adventure. Seeing an opening in the market for ewes milk cheeses, they decided to acquire their very own herd.
Housing them on an orchard was not part of the original plan; the Guérins were looking for land close to Montreal. But then they found the orchard that would become their new home: over 3,000 apple trees representing 14 different varieties. This is the happy coincidence that led to the development of fine cheeses matured with apples!
An artisan farm cheese, their award-winning Brebichon was introduced in 2008 and is a play on the words brebis and reblochon, the well-known French cheese. With a wrinkled beige rind and rich soft paste, Brebichon perfectly pairs a delicate sheep’s milk essence propelled by the freshness of apples.