Charlottetown company aims to rekindle interest in Maritime cheeses

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 1, 2016

Victoria Goddard, owner of the new Charlottetown Cheese Company, plans to gradually increase her selection of cheeses. She starts selling at the Charlottetown Farmers' Market on Saturday.

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Victoria Goddard is eager to slice into the cheese business.

The 33-year-old author established a small farm in Grandview earlier this year with plans to grow mixed fruit and flowers.

She is also getting Charlottetown Cheese Company off the ground.

In addition to old favourites, her company will focus on regional and specialty cheeses not readily available on P.E.I.

Goddard will sell cheeses made in the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario as well as cheeses imported from Belgium, Italy, England and France.

"The Maritimes and Quebec produce some of the world's best cheeses,'' she says.

"We'll be stocking local favourites, and will gradually increase our selection each week as we grow.''

Goddard will start selling cheeses on Saturday at the Charlottetown Farmers' Market.

She is also starting a cheese of the month club that will bring in new cheeses each month for regular customers.

"Prince Edward Island is a great place to start a small business, so I wanted to create a cheese shop to share my passion with Islanders,'' says Goddard.

This is the first small business venture for Goddard, who received her PhD in medieval studies from the University of Toronto and has published several fantasy novels.

For more information on her new cheese business, visit www.charlottetowncheese.com.