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Yummy, Gooey, Grilled Cheese with Chef Carmine

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the farm this past weekend to have a grilled cheese sandwich prepared by Chef Carmine and Jeremy! Despite soaring temperatures and threats of afternoon thunderstorms, many showed up to enjoy soup, sandwiches, and a beautiful afternoon on the farm.

 

This past Saturday, Chef Carmine set up his grill cheese-making station outside the Cherry Grove Farm Store. He got to work cutting cheeses, prepping vegetables, including fresh asparagus and juicy tomatoes, and slicing still-warm bread from The Village Bakery.

 

 

Each sandwich was hand prepared using fresh and local ingredients. Customers chose from a selection of Cherry Grove cheeses, Village Bakery bread and Chef Carmine’s roasted vegetables. We got to talk with some customers, and take peeks into their sandwiches! If you didn’t get to the farm for a sandwich, check out a few of the pictures we took. Just a warning though, we guarantee that once you see these sandwiches, you won’t want to miss another grilled cheese day!

 

Don’t just take our word for it though; listen to what customers are saying. Here’s what Melissa, a Carmine’s sandwich novice, had to say about her whole grain bread, Herdsmen and Toma cheese, grilled asparagus, arugula and tomato sandwich.

 

“To start with, it was beautiful. I loved that Chef sliced the bread right there. Freshly baked bread, sliced right on sight! They were fun to talk to, too, while I waited for my sandwich. And they have this secret sauce…whatever it is that they used to butter the bread before grilling was delicious. The cheeses melted and complimented each other into a gooey trifecta of perfect vegetables, cheese and bread. Yum! I’ll be back,” Melissa told us.

 

 

She also admitted that when she saw how big the sandwich was, she thought she’d be able to “just eat half and bring the rest home. No such luck for my husband!”

 

Grilled cheese sandwiches are simple. Bread, butter, and cheese layered together and thrown in a hot pan is not exactly the most complicated recipe. Something magical happens, though, when the butter browns and begins to slowly toast the bread while the cheese starts to melt. When you add deliciously sharp and salty Cherry Grove Herdsmen Cheese and Village Bakery bread to the mix, you get the ultimate in grilled cheese sandwiches. So to everyone who has experienced this bliss, you’re welcome to share your stories on our Facebook page! We’d love to hear your feedback. And newcomers are invited to join us for our upcoming grilled cheese Saturdays, happening each Saturday here at the farm from 11am-3pm all through the month of June! Check back here and on Facebook to find out when Chef Carmine will be cooking next!

 

 

To contact the Chef directly, you can call Chef Carmine Sacchitello at 732-606-7467, or visit his Facebook.

 

OOH-LAY-LA!

We are excited to announce the release of our newest cheese: Layla! Unlike any other cheese at Cherry Grove Farm, Layla is made in a Neufchâtel style. You may have seen the word “Neufchâtel” in the cream cheese section of your local grocery store and thought, “That’s a pretty fancy name for low-fat cream cheese.” You were correct. Authentic Neufchâtel is actually a bloomy rinded lactic cheese that is the cow’s milk version of the ever-popular goat’s milk Chèvre. Neufchâtel is credited as being Normandy’s first cheese, dating back to the sixth century. It was around even before Camembert and brie. Layla is also the first cheese that our Cheesemaker, Sam, developed to gain his rite of passage from Assistant Cheesemaker to Head Cheesemaker.

In keeping with the theme of “firsts,” Layla is also the namesake of Cherry Grove’s first dairy cow! When Kelly first started this farm, Layla was the first cow that provided him with milk. Consequently, Sam thought it would be appropriate to dedicate his first solo cheese venture to Kelly, his mentor, by honoring Layla’s memory.

 

One of the most interesting qualities of Layla is its mutability. Layla matures 2 to 8 weeks from its “born on date.” Due to such a short aging process, the milk must be gently pasteurized. During the first 3 weeks after its born on date, Layla has a mild and creamy flavor profile, with a flaky texture that melts in your mouth similar to a young Chèvre. Around week 4, the cheese starts to ripen and an age line appears. From there on out, Layla slowly transforms from a mild-mannered young lady into a sharp, salty, mushroomy masterpiece.

Pairing Ideas:

Pair young Layla with champagne, lighter white wines, session beers, or a Belgian Witte. Pair Layla at 4 weeks with Riesling, Pinot Noir, or a Pilsner. Pair Layla at 8 weeks with Cabernet, Syrah, or a good strong IPA. Layla is also delicious with seasonal fruit, especially blueberries and concord grapes.

 

(Grass-Fed) Beef 101

This is a great, helpful, easy graphic to help everyone understand why it is so
important to eat grass-fed anything! Take a look at the grass-fed beef facts below.
Eat Local, Know Your Farmer Know Your Food – It’s That Simple.
Our Grass-Fed Ground Beef Sale Ends This Saturday! The Farm Store Will Be Open
Thursday, Friday & Saturday (11-5pm).

Stock up on Grass-fed Ground Beef & Our Grass-Fed Cheese and make a nice warm meal for your family tonight – Our Beefed Up Mac N’ Cheese (all grass-fed) Recipe

 

Beef Infographic

Source: FrugalDad

 

Cherry Grove Farm News – Spring 2012

 

Hard to believe, but our “winter break” is almost over. Every winter, during the cows’ last months of pregnancy, we give them and ourselves a break from milking. We spend January and February recouping, reorganizing and even resting a little.  And now is the time to kick into gear…new calves are being born, their moms are giving milk and we are making cheese again…

The first baby girl of the season was born about two weeks ago. Interestingly enough, her mom was the first baby girl of her own season a couple of years ago.  We were touched by the warm welcome she received (51 “likes” on facebook!). The expecting moms congregate in the barn outside the store and if you’re lucky you can even witness a birth.  The babies are in what used to be the goat barn. Come by and say hi!

Samuel Kennedy, Cheese Maker At Cherry Grove Farm

Sam, our cheese maker announced Friday March 9th as The official first day of cheese making. He’ll start with a few wheels at first and as the milk flow increases he’ll be making more and more…

Jersey Calves 2012 At Cherry Grove Farm

Kelly is training the young cows to get milked. If you come around 3:30 pm, there’s a good chance you will see him in action.The rest of the time he is running around birthing and taking care of the calves.

Soon we and the cows will all settle into the rhythm of another busy season on the farm… hope you can come and share this wonderful experience with us!


1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens
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