Sorry you guys, i asked a question and them disappeared... I was traveling for over a month and now that I am back I am totally flooded with work. Not just on the commerce business (which will supply artisan cheesemakers as well as those who make other artisan foods), but also, yes - on a creamery.
I will post more info as it becomes available, but I met with the inspectors last week and indeed, as you guys have suggested; it is the facility that is certified, so whatever other cheesemakers make at my facility goes out under my plant number and my plant name ...and should probably be covered under my liability insurance too. Got a lot of tips from them (super nice inspectors, totally helpful and cheery). They loved the facility (and when you guys see it, it will blow your socks off. One of you guys actually have already seen it - you know who you are).
As Pav has suggested, yes -any cheesemaker who will produce at this place must be making compatible cheese and I must completely trust their skill and that they follow my standards of sanitation and safety to the teeth. It would be as important as having them pay the rent...
Exciting times here!
Steff... I hear we have mutual friends? Did my friend Jon came and saw you? I tasted the cheese he made with your milk. Just as I remembered it; your milk is absolutely fantastic.