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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.

 

Thank You!

Winter time is here. All of our fall time classes are over, our grilled cheese weekends are coming to an end, and most importantly our girls (cows) are pregnant and dried off for the winter months. This means as a farm we get the chance to improve on any projects that are in the works and also a perfect time for our cheese makers to get a little time off. Being a part of a seasonal operation that treads lightly on the animals, employees, and the land, shows all of  us here how things should be.

All nine of us, the staff at Cherry grove Farm, would like to take this time to thank all of the girls (cows) that worked so hard all year walking up from the back fields to give us milk twice a day; to our wonderful loyal customers that stop in once a week if not more to support their local farm/farmer; and to our two very hard working cheese makers who hit their goal this year of making 45,000 pounds of handcrafted farmstead cheese for the surrounding areas.

Happy Holidays & Thank You All For Such A Successful Year!

After Waiting Eight Long Months….

We Are More Than Proud To Announce This Seasons Havilah Has Just Been Released In Our Farm Store!

Don’t wait too long to come out to the farm to try this mouth-watering grass-fed Italian Alpine style cheese (we just might run out).

What This Seasons Havilah Tastes Like…

The first taste that comes to mind is the pineapple notes that go right to the back of your tongue to start this mouth-watering effect, secondly
you taste the rich flavors of an Asiago combined with a sweet caramel note. Add in the hard texture and the bright
golden hue of the paste, and this cheese is a dream come true! Stop by the farm this week to try some on our sample board and stock-up for the holidays!

 

Give The Gift Of Local NJ Cheese

From Our Organic Pastures To Your Holiday Table

Cherry Grove Farm’s Holiday Cheese Plate is as unique as it is delicious. We have hand selected 3 of our favorite farmstead raw milk cheeses totaling 1 lb. in weight  ready to serve 6-8 people.

The cheeses are arranged elegantly on a natural bamboo platter, adorned with dried fruits and optional almonds. Cards with cheese descriptions, a clear wrap and natural green & blue raffia ribbons complement this perfect Holiday treat.
The complimentary disposable bamboo plate is designed for elegant entertaining. Made from 100% organically-grown bamboo, it’s unbleached, food-safe, and will biodegrade within 4-6 months.


Cheese selection includes:
Good Food Award™- finalist Toma
Full Nettle Jack
Havilah
Price: $29.99
Please visit our Farm Store, email the farm (cherrygrovefarm@verizon.net) or call (609) 219-0053 to order. Please give us at least 1 day notice. Payment is required at the time of the order and all orders must be picked up before noon on Saturday, December 24th.
Thank You From All Of Us Here At Cherry Grove Farm

What is The Great Meadows Cow Parade?

It is Our Biggest Event of The Year!

Everyone here at Cherry Grove Farm hopes you can make it out to our Great Meadows Cow Parade event on November 6th from 12-5 pm. The event is to help shine light on all the great local food, fun and music we have here in New Jersey, and to provide a fun time for friends and families. Come out and enjoy our farm and taste your way through our farmstead cheeses; savor Jammin’ Crepes newest tastiest creations; warm up with Purple Cow’s Soups; experience new cheese pairings with Jersey Jams & Jellies; enjoy a sweet treat from Charley’s Organic Toffee. In addition, the kids can have fun with the 4-H club of Mercer, face painting with Christina and Science Seeds farmstead science experiments! Take a ride on our hayride or the 4-H clubs Goat Cart. You can even take part of the Farmers Against Hunger’s Farmstead Raffle full of giveaways and coupons. Don’t miss the full farm experience as we celebrate and thank our dairy herd for providing us with the most wonderful grass-fed milk to make our farmstead cheeses. Cheer on the procession as our herd marches through the scenic organic fields, concluding their parade in our milking parlor. We hope to see you all there!

 Thank you to all of our vendors!


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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