Alaska's Windsong Farm Closing

Windsong Farm, Alaska's only licensed cheesemaker, is closing. Ongoing financial pressures and the daily struggles to make a product and sell it have forced Gary and Carla Beu to cease operations. Their farm will be sold at a foreclosure sale in November.

Here are some excerpts from their final newsletter:

Hello everyone. Please accept our apologies for not writing to you during the past 5 months. We have been busy treading water during the continuing financial storm. In our last letter we informed you of pending foreclosure on Windsong Farm. The foreclosure is no longer pending.

We have received written notice of foreclosure. According to the notice, the loan agency "elects to sell the real property for cash to the highest bidder at a public auction to satisfy all indebtedness." The sale will be a public auction at 10 a.m. November 15, 2006 at the Palmer (Alaska) Courthouse. A plan for the sale/disbursement of WSF assets has not been decided up on yet, or at least those plans have not been shared with us.

After much discussion, we, Gary and Carla, choose not to fight the foreclosure. We choose to cease and desist with the operations of Windsong Farm. Many factors brought us to this decision. Some of these are:

Several events have shown us that we are more loyal to our customers and their professed wants/needs than those same customers are to their own wants/needs.   

Good or even adequate financial return for our investment of time, money and knowledge has not been forthcoming.

We are at the end of our knowledge and energy without the finances to hire knowledge and energy. We have been here for a very long time.

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The last batch of cheese will be made the week of October 15th.

We thank those of you who have been dedicated customers and staunch supporters. Your appreciation of us and WSF products has carried us through some rough decisions. Unfortunately, there are not enough of you to pay the bills incurred by producing the products. Please continue supporting us through that last bag of tomatoes, the last batch of cheese, and the last pound of burger. All of which is still available!!!

For more information on Windsong farms, see my previous post about them here.  Sasha and Michael of Cheese by Hand visited Windsong earlier this year - see their post about that visit here.