Summer means barbecues, in the backyard, on the boat, at the beach, on the deck. Hanging with friends and family… fresh tomatoes, corn, watermelon, peaches… and sweet savory barbecue sauce.
Sublime Pulled Pork
A slow cooker pulled pork is a great way to feed a crowd, and since you can make it in advance, you get to take off the apron and spend time with your guests.
Our whey-fed pork butt and shoulder roasts are on sale through July at 15% off the regular per pound price. Come into the farm store or ask our market staffer at your local farm market to bring one for you!
We’ve included a recipe here to give you a good start. There are interesting variations for the cooking liquid including root beer, pernilla, and sweet spicy vinegars. Try something new!
Tag us @cherrygrovefarm with pics of your summer fun.
After a seemingly interminable 60 day aging period, a very special raw milk batch of Trilby is finally legal! These plump whiskey-washed rounds are in eat-it-now condition – some gooey and rich and others dense and fudgy…ALL DELICIOUS. To add some seasonal flare we’ve wrapped the little guys in Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey-soaked leaves – hop, fig or grape. The perfect late Father’s Day gift for those procrastinators amongst us, or bring along this beefy, boozy companion to your next early summer bbq/picnic/potluck/cheese-swap.
And now, the CHEESE!
Trilby A special raw milk batch. Washed in Dad’s Hat Rye and then wrapped in whiskey soaked leaves. Beautiful mixed-mold on the rind. Fruity, boozy, beefy with hints of rye and caraway. Texture ranges from dense and fudge-y to ooze-y and rich. **VERY LIMITED STOCK** Raw.
Buttercup Brie Our classic brie is back. Mild and buttery with an earthy, slightly mushroom-y rind.
Mini & Standard wheels. Pasteurized.
Rarebird “The thrush alone declares the immortal wealth and vigor that is in the forest… Whenever a man hears it he is young, and Nature is in her spring; whenever he hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut against him.” – Henry David Thoreau Washed in Berliner Messe from Referend Bier Blendery. Squidgy texture with a porky, savory flavor. Yeasty, fruity notes towards the rind. **LIMITED STOCK** Raw.
Wild Bird Rarebird with a wild natural rind. Custard-y, reminiscent of torta-style cheeses. Citrus-y in the paste with savory notes under the rind. **LIMITED STOCK** Raw.
Reserve batches from Summer/Fall 2015 showing flavors ranging from caramelized onions and broth to brown sugar and candied orange peel. Batches from early Spring/Summer 2016 with notes of malt, beef stew, mushroom and toasted brioche. Nice balance of sweet and savory. Raw.
Crumbly and yoghurt-y with hints of lemon. Think Lancashire or Wensleydale. Raw.
Full wheels from the winter with notes of walnut and herbs. Wonderfully dense and creamy. Raw.
Winter batch of our ashed tomme. Pretty white interior with a line of ash running through the middle. Savory with flavors of roast meat and cracked pepper with a buttery crumble. Raw.
February and early March batches with notes of cured meat, orange blossom and lemon zest. Raw.
It’s been a week of thrills at Cherry Grove Farm. We passed an exhaustive 3rd party audit with flying colors (whew), received some cider lees to wash cheese with from our friends at Three Springs Fruit Farm, and visited a new brewery with a lot of ambitions less than ten minutes from the farm.
The Referend Bier Blendery in Pennington, N.J. was quite the sensory experience. Lots of great smells and tastes in rooms full of wooden barrels aging beer. Sean and I sampled quite a few, one with a particularly complex aroma, that reminded me of our own honey, with notes of jasmine and honeysuckle, had been aged in a whisky barrel. James Priest runs the place, and his goal is all spontaneously fermented beers. We look forward to collaborating on a project soon and in the meantime encourage you to try out his tasting room!
Speaking of encouragement, you can taste that lees-washed funky number, if you come out to High Street on the 28th for a Ploughman Cider dinner. Check out the menu : http://highstreetonmarket.com/menu/#test
Anyway, back to the old cheesers, Cheeses of the Week:
Buttercup Brie: Young but tasty, very buttery 1/16 batch living up to the Buttercup name. Thicker, jumbo 2#+ wheels available upon request for those who like that layer cake ripening effect. Mini Camembert rounds available too. Average wheel 1.50# right now. LIMITED as we begin to feel the effects of the winter milk supply.
Havilah: May 2015 batches Bright citrus aromas, brothy herbal notes, and sweet, burnt caramel abound. A great friend to drinks that accompany the dark days of winter: heady trappist ales or Brit style old ales, spiced winter ales, those highly tannic Piedmontese reds, or anything with the brown spirits like an Old Fashioned.
Herdsman: Very flavorful, piquant early October and September batchs. A versatile pairing partner for wines, beers and an array of cured meats.
Toma:1st batch of Toma to be matured in our newly refurbished aging room. A very nice looking, pleasing cheese. Buttermilk notes with a piquant edge.
Wild at Heart: We still have a limited # of wheels from this experimental bloomy batch.
Custardy, eggy, brothy notes. Brie size (1.50#) rounds, Little rounds (.20-.30) w/a smatttering of ash and smoked paprika on the rind.
Happy eating and enjoy your weekends, friends in cheese!
With late lambing and calving, we will have a later surge in lamb and beef coming into the store in autumn. Coupled with an already abundant and consistent supply of pork, we need to make some room in the freezer.
We are running a flash sale through September for certain cuts of our whey-fed Berkshire pork. Whey-fed heritage pork is a delicacy, so stock up now while the sale lasts!
Look for Pork Loin Chops, Boneless Pork Chops, Ham Steaks, Whole Hams, Pork Belly, Smoked Guanciale (pork cheek), and Smoked Andouille Sausage to be 15% off normal per pound prices.
We’ll post a recipe for each of the cuts on sale over the next week. Boneless Pork Chops are the leanest chop, so require a sure hand on the pan. Brining helps the meat retain moisture during cooking, a nice tip for the more nervous cook. Check our facebook page for more recipes and information about cooking pastured pork.
Boneless Pork Chops with Apples
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 quart water
4 (8 ounce) thick-cut boneless pork chops
1 pinch coarse-ground black pepper
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 apples, cored and quartered
Stir honey and salt into water in a large bowl until honey and salt are dissolved into the brine. Place pork chops in the brine and let sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Remove pork chops from brine, rinse, and pat dry. Place chops on a plate and refrigerate until dry, about 10 minutes. Discard brine.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sprinkle pepper over the pork chops.
Melt butter and olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat; cook pork chops until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip pork chops and season with rosemary; add apples. Cover skillet.
Bake in the preheated oven until pork chops are cooked through, about 10 minutes.
The chops should be firm when pressed with a spatula. Please note that pastured pork will have a firmer texture because of the pigs’ free range lives. If you aren’t confident in monitoring the doneness with touch, you should use a thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is between 145 and 150 degrees F. (Pastured meat can go from perfection to tragedy in a minute.) Remove pork chops from skillet and allow to rest five minutes before serving.
Its another gangbusters week for the milk flow as we swing into making non-stop Buttercup Brie, Herdsman, and other soft experiments for the holidays.
Speaking of soft experiments, our Trilby is back in the farm store this week.
Our cheesemakers spent some time picking fig, grape, and maple leaves, then blanching and boozing them to create an ample supply to wrap our Dad’s Hat-washed Trilby. Love the fresh figgy smells of fig leaves blanched!
Buttercup Brie: Very LIMITED but we have it.
Lawrenceville Jack: Our Jack is never “just Jack” and we were reminded of that this week when nibbling a batch that had a range of fall fruit flavors with a caramelized sweetness towards the rind. Creamy as ever. Raw milk.
Havilah: Speaking of fruit, the fall 2014 flavors boast notes of guava, pineapple, and boozy apple. Toast and caramel finish. Raw Milk.
Trilby: Washed in Dad’s Hat local rye whiskey, then dressed in leaves from our property soused in NJ apple brandy. Notes of beef stew, buttermilk, and good ole washed-rind funk.