Anne Saxelby

This was such sad news yesterday. Like everybody else who shopped in those parts, I bought cheese from her personally in the early days of her shop and chatted with her. She was a lovely person. Later, I attended a very interesting talk she gave at a food series that the Tenement Museum was running, and we chatted a bit more. What a loss.

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Here’s a lovely picture of Saxelby’s start in cheese just out of college at Cato Corner (a great, great cheese maker in CT):

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This really broke my heart. I used to see and chat with Anne a few times a week when she was at Essex Market, and I always meant to go visit her at Chelsea. I can’t believe she’s gone so soon.

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Yes, it’s heartbreaking. By the time the Chelsea operation began, Anne had become celebrated enough that she wasn’t working the counter much, even at Essex. Her, staff though, was also terrific.

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I’d not heard of her but Anne must have been something else! I believe I saw that cheese counter for in Chelsea Market! I knew I should have stopped in.

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― Jonathan Gold

Market stall in Lima
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