“I was born and raised in Italy and I’ve mostly worked in the restaurant business, but the cheese has always been a part of my family,” Mignogna said. “It’s very nice and rural like Massachusetts with a lot of farms, and for multiple reasons, cheese has been our main food that we craft in the area.”
Mignogna came to the United States about 10 years ago, and shortly after arriving he was inspired to start his own business. He studied artisan cheesemaking in college, and eventually went back to Italy to speak to Tummolo about opening Wolf Meadow Farm.
“I’m really happy so far, because I see that the idea we’re trying to show people, which is the traditional way to make cheese, it looks like the town is getting it,” Tummolo said in Italian. “I’m excited and scared because it’s something new, but it’s something new with old roots that we have from Italy.”
Besides making the cheese on-site, Wolf Meadow Farm will also include a small retail shop where cheese can be purchased and sampled, though most of the retail focus will be on farmers markets initially. Customers will also be able to see the cheesemaking process in action through a window behind the counter, and cheesemaking classes and tastings will be offered as well, Mignogna said.
“We want to bring the schools in, we’re really trying to push the educational idea behind the cheesemaking,” Mignogna said. “Amesbury is also becoming a gourmet corner of the North Shore, and hopefully I can give my contribution to the town.”
Wolf Meadow Farm’s grand opening will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public. The event will feature cheese tasting, live music and an informal meet and greet with Mignogna.