It’s a lovely wet morning on Cherry Grove Farm, as we heat up 148 gallons of milk to be cultured (holiday Toma-to-be). I am a total fall denialist, but even I am feeling the pull of pullovers, more milk in my coffee, and yes, fatty roasts and CHEESES!
Tis the season for those big beast cheeses with full, warming flavors for the creeping cold. And on this farmstead, that means we consume even more Havilah than normal, which, suffice to say, was my breakfast of choice this morning with a cappuccino. I’ll pull out a quote from Madame Fromage herself (in case you need any more convincing), “…a cheese perfect for the onset of fall, a raw-milk beauty that pairs well with apples, nuts and even chocolate.”
Makes me wonder how it would go with a chocolate hazelnut spread and some pears, mhmm.
Yes, as cheesemakers we are constantly thinking down the line. Little honing changes we make in recipes can take many months to observe and deliberation upon the results takes time. We plot our makes out with the sales patterns of the holidays in mind when it’s still 85 degrees outside.
We’ve just concluded a month load of tomme-style batches, so we should have no shortage of holiday Herdsman (and cross your fingers for a little Toma). In fact, we made a few supersize versions of Herdsman that exceeded the capacity of our regular forms. This led to a repeat of last year’s mini Herdsman. Little 1lb and 2lb basket tommes, some with an ash line, some without (note the picture above). That’s my tease for this week, now back to the present!
This week in cheese:
Herdsman: A limited number of 6/9/15 batch still available. A little harder and more granular than we counted on, but sweet with caramel notes, savory with tomato paste and a lemon finish.
Nettle Jack: Ever popular, our Jack with organic nettles popping about the curd. Spicy wheels from the first week of March.
Garlic Peppercorn Jack: March wheels too. I give this cheese only another couple runs on the availability list, and rumor has it, G&P may be discontinued next year… so catch it while you can.
Lawrenceville Jack: A particularly moist batch from last May, ready to melt on toast. An easy pleaser.
Havilah: Oh, sweet Havilah, we’ve come so far together. Try it again for the first time… or some such line. Really, this guy gets the most improved award for the 2nd year running.
That’s all. Enjoy your weekend and happy eating!