"Creating beautiful cheeses is my passion."
Mary is the 14th generation of the Quicke family on Home Farm and has been running the cheese business since 1987.
Mary's passion for her dairy herd and artisan cheesemaking methods make her a leading authority on traditional cheese production. In 2005, Mary received an MBE for her contribution to farming and cheesemaking.
"When you love what you do it never feels like work, and cheesemaking at Home Farm is what makes me tick. I am inextricably linked to the land and our herd; and creating beautiful cheeses is my passion."
A truly extraordinary character, Mary’s talents stretch beyond traditional cheese and buttermaking. She is regular surfer, has a degree in English Literature, and each month, she shares her experiences of farm life in her award-winning column for Devon Life magazine.
Mary applies her cheese expertise by judging at a number of prestigious cheese competitions including the World Cheese Awards, Bath & West Show, British Cheese Awards and the American Cheese Society Awards.
Mary has also received a number of awards herself over the years, including:
- Exceptional Contribution to Cheese at the World Cheese Awards 2015
- The Environment Award at the WIFTS International Visionary Awards 2015
- Longest serving director of Devon Grain Award
- Devon Farm Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2014
- Daily Express Best British Farmer Award
- SW Columnist of the Year 2015 at EDF Media Awards
Mary has been appointed to the board of FSA (Food Standards Agency) as well as the AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board). She is a member of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers, chairman of Devon County Agricultural Association and Founder Vice Chairman of the Maize Growers Association.
In 2013 Mary began work on the Academy of Cheese, which officially launched in 2017, aiming to promote cheese knowledge and provide career development, both within the industry and amongst the wider public.