OUR MARCH CHEESE & ACCOMPANIMENTS
Since 2009, the von Trapps have been making organic artisan cheeses at their family's dairy farm in Waitsfield, Vermont. Their goal is to make their small family farm economically sustainable by producing small-batch artisan cheese. Mt Alice has a thin bloomy rind and has a supple paste that becomes gooey with age.
Farm/Producer/Importer: von Trapp Farmstead/Molly Semler, Sebastian von Trapp
Place: Waitsfield, VT
Milk Type: Pasteurized Cow
Age: 5 weeks
Pairing: Chenin Blanc, Lager, Dry Cider
Cato Corner Farm makes all their cheese by hand with raw milk from their forty-five cows, mostly Jerseys, on their small Connecticut farm. Their herd grazes freely, enjoying a rich diet of fresh pasture grasses, local hay, and a small number of grains. We've been working with Cato Corner Farm for over ten years, and their rustic, handmade farmhouse cheeses are staples in our shops.
Dutch Farmstead has a natural rind with a semi-soft texture, milky flavor, and a nice acidic tang. Dutch is terrific on a cheese board but also great in the kitchen. Try it in a mac & cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich.
Farm/Producer/Importer: Cato Corner Farm/Mark Gilman
Place: Colchester, CT
Milk Type: Raw cow
Age: 3-5 months
Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon, Saison
IL Forteto (the fort), is a commune tucked away in Barberino di Mugello, near Florence, Italy. They have been making this pecorino in the farmers' cooperative since 1977. Pecorino is the name of a family of Italian cheeses made from sheep's milk. The word derives from Italian Pecora meaning "sheep." Cacio di Bosca al Tartufo is studded with blacktruffles, and their earthy, garlicky flavor is balanced by the sweet, nutty sheep cheese. Watch out; it is super addictive!
Farm/Producer/Importer: IL Forteto
Place: Tuscany, Italy
Milk Type: Sheep
Age: 4-5 months
Inés Rosales Sweet Olive Oil Tortas have been a traditional snack throughout Spain for more than 100 years. Flavored with anise and sesame seeds. The tortas are still made by hand, one by one, ensuring a unique texture that is light, crunchy, and flaky.
For thirty years American Spoon has handcrafted small batches of preserves in copper kettles from Michigan grown fruit. Damson Plum Preserves capture the deep, tannic tang and juicy, old world sweetness of these prized plums in a thick, jammy spread filled with tiny, tender chunks of fruit.