In the hustle and bustle of the Feilding Farmers’ Market, award-winning cheesemakers Adrian and Jill Walcroft can be found at the Cartwheel Creamery stall. The seeds of Cartwheel Creamery were sown in 1996 when Adrian attended a one-day cheesemaking course.
It quickly became a serious hobby and friends and family couldn’t get enough of their creamy magic, so in 2014 Cartwheel Creamery started producing its artisan goods for local outlets and opening up the farm-gate on Sundays for tastings.
Now you’ll spot Cartwheel Creamery cheese in a range of shops and supermarkets in Manawatu, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay, online boutiques and Auckland gourmet store Sabato.
Cartwheel Creamery products have been recognised multiple times by the NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Association, the Farmers Markets New Zealand Food Awards, and the 2016 NZ Food Awards.
The cheeses reflect the natural goodness of the Pohangina Valley, and are made using bespoke recipes that combine traditional, time-honoured methods with modern safe food practices, and include halloumi, feta, blue cheese, creamy soft cheese varieties and a hard farmhouse cheese. Cow’s milk is sourced from nearby dairy farmers, and the goat’s milk comes from Opiki.