Gary and Betty Burley began farming in 1981 with a small herd of 18 cows on a 100 acre farm on the East Hill (Route 20A) in Warsaw, NY. They acquired more land as it became available and gradually increased their herd in order to support their family and be self sufficient. Today East Hill Farms milks 700 cows in a rotational grazing system. They are pursuing a longtime dream to share with the community by producing a value added product from their milk and began construction of a state of the art cheese plant in the spring of 2015. They have researched different types of cheeses and have chosen to make a cheese that will emphasize the flavors in milk derived from the grasses, herbs and flowers that their cows eat in the pasture. East Hill Creamery is nearing completion of an 11,288 square foot cheese manufacturing plant in a 2 story Swiss style chalet and 3,500 square feet of caves for aging the cheese. The project consists of the construction of the plant and caves, acquiring and installing cheese manufacturing equipment, HVAC equipment, construction of a retail area and educational area set up for teaching the public about cheese making.
The creamery will produce cheese and a value added product produced from grass fed cow's milk. The project investment of $4M will realize IDA incentives projected, over a ten year period, to be $665,108.