In the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, Highlawn Farm milks a herd of 100% Jersey cows, and that rich fatty milk is turned into cheese, butter, ice cream, and other wholesome dairy products. The herd grazes on fresh grass in the summer months, has waterbeds to sleep on in winter, and is never given growth hormones. The farm grows all its feed for the winter months.
Highlawn Queen is a cheesemonger favorite. This brie-style cheese is decadent with grassy, buttery flavors and a delicious edible rind.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Highlawn Farm
Place: Lee, MA
Milk Type: Cow
Age: 2-6 Weeks
Pairing: Beaujolais, Kölsch
Lively Run Goat Dairy has been making cheese since 1983 in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate, NY. In that time, cheesemaking was passed down from Suzanne Messmer to her son Pete. Finger lakes Gold is similar to a goat's milk gouda like a Midnight Moon. Finger Lakes Gold has a firm creamy paste that is bright and nutty and milky.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Lively Run Dairy
Place: Interlaken, NY
Milk Type: Goat
Age: 3 Months
Pairing: Cabernet Franc, Belgian Ale
One of the things we love about Jasper Hill Farm is its commitment to its people. In fact, on their website, it clearly states people are their main ingredient. Whitney is a smooth, meltable cheese named for Jasper Hill Farm's most senior employee, Tim Whitney.
Whitney is made in the style of mid-elevation mountain cheeses of the Alps. The curds are rinsed with water during the cheesemaking process to slow the acidification and create a smooth, elastic texture. As the cheese matures, the wheels are washed with a mixture of morge, a cultured brine, and spent yeast from 'La Garagista' tanks, a terroir-driven natural winemaker in Vermont. The results are cheese with a mellow milky flavor and a fruity, funky finish.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Jasper Hill Farm
Place: Greensboro, VT
Milk Type: Raw Cow
Age: 3-6 Months
Pairing: Grüner Veltliner, Saison