The 5 Spoke Creamery Goes Solar For Farm Cheese Business

On a sunny day in April, Alan Glustoff hustled between rooms and work stations in the new cheese factory that stands behind a dairy barn and an eye-riveting field of solar panels on a Goshen farm overlooking Orange County’s fertile Black Dirt Region. He talked to a visitor as he worked beside the farm’s recently hired young cheese maker from Michigan, removing wheels of cheese from molds for salting by hand, before driving to New Jersey to visit a distribution warehouse in Moonachie.

“This region is sort of a food hub in many ways for the nation,” he said, and metropolitan New Jersey a prime distribution center for that hub. A major cheese company allows 5 Spoke Creamery, the farmstead cheese-making business co-owned by Glustoff and his wife, Barbara, the use of warehouse space.

“Trucks don’t really want to come out here” for pick ups, said Glustoff, a former product developer and marketer in the corporate food industry — he helped develop Pudding Pops at the former General Foods in Tarrytown — who later owned an import-export food brokerage firm. “It’s the middle of nowhere.”

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