Maine Creamery Seeks a New ‘Passionate’ Owner | culture: the word on cheese
☰ menu   

Maine Creamery Seeks a New ‘Passionate’ Owner


The business just went up for sale and is currently available for purchase.

Fuzzy Udder Creamery

If you’ve been dreaming of making your own cheese at a creamery nestled in the pastoral rolling fields of rural Maine, you need to check out Fuzzy Udder’s latest listing

Those seeking a growing dairy business should put in an offer for Fuzzy Udder Creamery, known for its award-winning cheeses. The property, located in the heart of the “farmiest four miles of Maine,” presents an opportunity for anyone looking to invest in the industry.

Fuzzy Udder’s founder, Jessie Dowling, who’s led the company for 13 years, shares that she’s looking for a buyer to take the already successful business to the next level.

“Being able to succeed in managing a small farmstead creamery without supplemental income is no small feat,” Dowling says. “I’m not sure if anyone outside of the dairy industry even has an inkling of how difficult dairying and cheesemaking is and anyone who is making it work is an absolute tough-as-nails hero,” she continues.

Two listings are available to attract diverse prospective-owners, starting at $250,000 for the turnkey business and $595,000 to add on the 6-bedroom farmhouse property. 

Dowling shared with culture that she founded Fuzzy Udder after years of working in the industry to build a business that cares for employees and animals while remaining environmentally and socially conscious.

“I want to look back and see Fuzzy Udder growing and thriving as an excellent place to work, especially for rural queer and trans folks, and carrying on making the best cheese in Maine,” she says. 

Dowling is exploring the possibility of selling her business and actively looking for potential buyers who can take her legacy forward. Although she is open to receiving offers from anyone, she has envisioned two possible buyers that would align with her vision for the business. They could be an experienced cheesemaker eager to own their own creamery, or an individual who may not have professional cheese experience, but has a deep passion for growing businesses in a small rural area—and a genuine love of cheese. By finding the right buyer, Dowling hopes to solidify her company’s path in serving the community for continued generations.

Fuzzy Udder creates exceptional dairy products that are locally made, including a variety of fresh, soft-ripened, washed rind, aged-cheese and yogurt made from sheep, goat, and cow’s milk. The brand has amassed a loyal following and recognition over the years, winning numerous awards, including the 2023 Best in Show for Polar Vortex at the Maine Cheese Awards. Moving forward, Dowling is committed to setting up the next owner for success by providing them with all the necessary resources and support to continue the business’s legacy. 

“The new owner can come in and hit the ground running. The production schedule, wholesale accounts, and farmers markets are all established, and the new owner will come in with the passion and zest to take Fuzzy Udder to the next level.”

Related:

Ashia Aubourg

Ashia Aubourg is culture's Assistant Digital Editor. She received her BA in Food Studies and Policy Studies from Syracuse University, where she researched components that make up equitable food systems. She previously held print and digital roles at Food & Wine, Cuisine Noir, America's Test Kitchen, and others, where her writing unearthed underrepresented narratives within food, travel, and culture. Before starting her writing career, she held food policy and social impact roles across various nonprofits and companies. Ashia currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Leave a Reply

4