John Gile began making
cheese at Forfar in 1863. The factory was originally situated ½ mile north
of Forfar but the factory burnt down and was then rebuilt within the village.
Due to financial troubles and more fire, the business changed hands a few
more times before it was finally rebuilt at it's present day location, in
In 1963, sixteen resident
farmers formed a cooperative to purchase the factory and save it from closure.
The business prospered under the leadership of Talmage Stone and more additions
to the building were made. The business was sold in 2001 to another group
of local residents. There are presently, in Ontario, very few small, independent
cheese factories still in operation, with Forfar Dairy having the distinction
of being the oldest.
Historically, Forfar Dairy
has been producing some of Canada's finest cheddar for over 139 years. Situated
in rural Leeds County, in Eastern Ontario, Forfar Dairy is practicing traditional
cheese making with their rare old cheddar(5 year plus) still being made
in 90 pound rounds.
The company has grown
to where the cheese is distributed through numerous factory outlets across
Canada along with the many stores already carrying Forfar Dairy products.
Others receive their cheese through mail orders which are shipped from the
factory to destinations across Canada, United States and throughout the