Amber Cheese and Mine Cheese
The cheese store was opened in 2013. Four different kinds of cheese are matured here. One of them, called Thyborøn Ravost (Amber Cheese) is made from milk from cows that graze in the geopark. If this cheese is matured in the mine for 20 weeks it develops a new consistency, taste and history – the so-called grubeost (mine cheese). The humidity and temperature, and maybe also the nature of the air, in the mine are responsible for the taste and consistency. Thise Dairy tells the story of the underground mine in their marketing of the grubeost and the wrapping paper has a picture of the inside the 5 m high mine when it is sold at home and abroad.
Annual events have been held at and in the mine when about 175 guests have seen the bats fly out from their part of the mine. The guests have been told about the bats and visit the mine. The story of the grubeost has been told in a variety of settings and linked to the Geo-food concept. Local volunteers are in a dialogue with the mine owners to establish a path with information about the surrounding area.
Cooperation With the Aspiring Geopark
The geoparken has provided background material about the geology of the mine for Thise Dairy who in turn have provided tasting samples of, amongst others, the grubeost in connection with the geopark food festival in 2016. The cooperation between the dairy, geopark and local volunteers is expected to continue with communication of information relevant to the history of the mine.