During these trying times, Cherry Grove Farm is doing what we can to aid our community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our customers as well as our staff is extremely important to us. Some additional steps we are taking in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 include:
Mandatory cleaning and disinfecting of our retail store and surfaces between the hours of 1 pm and 2 pm each day. We may be closed to the public during this hour period.
A limit of 3 customers within our store at all times.
We have done away with our sampling board during this time.
Increased cleaning of frequented surfaces such as our Ipad. door handles, and counters.
Our staff utilize gloves, sani-wipes, as well as food safe cleaning solutions throughout the day. Our products are minimally handled during production and packaging. We closely follow state mandated food safety guidelines in our everyday farm practices.
We are an important grocery resource for our community and starting today, will be open everyday 10 am – 5 pm in order to provide our meat, cheeses, eggs, and other pantry items to the public. During this time, Cherry Grove Farm will be implementing a text-based local delivery system in addition to our online store.
Some information about our text-based delivery:
Delivery days are Fridays. Please have your order in the day prior by NOON in order to receive next day delivery.
We will deliver within a 30 minute radius of our farm.
Orders have a minimum of $60.00, delivery is without charge.
Eggs will be excluded from deliveries at this time due to supply.
Payment will be discussed over the phone once order is placed and must be paid before delivery. For further information or questions please email us at email@example.com. In order to place a text-delivery request please text 609-433-2418.
Cheeses and resale items are able to be shipped, however meat is for delivery only.
‘Tis the season of giving and for cheese, and for that reason we have a gift for you!
From now through January 1st, you can get our Havilah, a Good Food awards finalist, at a holiday gift price, because it is the season to celebrate with cheese! We want you to enjoy our flagship cheese, made in summer when the cows are grazing fresh, green grasses, on all your holiday cheese boards.
Melt Havilah into your turkey day mashed potatoes, wrap a wedge and stuff it in the stocking of the curd nerd in your life, grate it up and mix it into your Hanukkah latkes, or bring it to your holiday celebrations this season. Havilah pairs well with ports, passitos, and iceweins, with malty beers, and bourbon or whisky in those dark days of winter by a cozy fire.
What is in the store and at markets?
Toma The new batch of our Toma is dense and rich, with a flavorful rustic rind. These wheels have layers of flavors, with notes of creme fraiche, fresh yogurt, sweet vanilla, and undertones of toasted almond, grass, and mild earthy hints, bordering on mushroomy. With a little more acidity, this batch is a unique departure from a more traditional Toma flavor profile that will work well for both cooking and serving in cheese plates. RAW milk. On sale from now to January first.
Rarebird Our raw milk Rarebird wheels are fudgy-creamy in texture, with a sweet custardy aroma and flavor. Always deliciously palate-coating, we taste hints of fresh bread and sweet cream with some of the same sweet fall fruit notes of the last batch, and notes of anise and brown butter to boot! Rarebird is always a great addition to a cheeseboard. RAW milk.
Buttercup Brie Just in time for the holidays, this American Cheese Society Blue Ribbon winner is back. And what is a holiday cheeseboard without brie? Rich and silky with earthy mushroom and butter flavors. Pairs well with caramelized nuts and dried fruits. PASTEURIZED milk.
Havilah We have a range of summer and fall batches from 2018, ranging from 14 to 16 months aged.
And did you hear our news?
Havilah and our Havilah Reserve are finalists in the Good Food awards!
The Good Food Awards not only judge taste, but take into account sustainability
so this is an honor for our farm, especially since we were competing against
some much bigger operations!
These wheels are dense and velvety, and the layers of flavors keep coming once you take a bite. You will experience notes of braised carrots and asparagus, caramelized onion, slow cooked pork, and earthy mushrooms. There are tiny hints of garlic & onion, as well as a herbaceous undertone. These batches also boast a wonderful level of crystallization, so they really pop. RAW milk. On sale from now to January first.
What is in the store only?
You can still find our Lawrenceville Jack and ACS Blue Ribbon winning Jack Reserve in our cases. Also on hand is some Herdsman and Harvest Tomme, some superbly ripe Trilby and a limited amount of Abruzze Jawn.
Planning for your holidays? Look for one final batch of Abruzze Jawn and Trilby in mid-December.
We are also selling beautiful oil-finished walnut cheese boards handmade from reclaimed wood about 50 minutes from our farm.
Ask our store and cheesemaking staff for suggestions for your holiday cheeses and pairings!
Late summer sunsets that wash the seedheads and grasses make peaceful moments. Our picnic area is open to the public during daylight hours. Stop by and enjoy some of the late evening autumnal beauty. The farm store all the makings for an afternoon picnic… farmstead cheese, local breads, Unionville wines, and sweet treats. Take a minute for yourself.
We’ve got another tasty batch of Rarebird this week, as well as a limited number of Trilby and Buttercup Brie wheels this week.
Farm Markets are still in full swing and the farm store has been bustling. Here are the cheeses we are featuring this week.
Toma We let this little rustic raw milk farmhouse Toma batch get a bit of extra age, making it extra special! These wheels boast a delectably dense and creamy texture. Each bite of these buttery wheels melts in your mouth, bursting with layers of grassy notes and hints of fall fruits and salted nuts, alongside roasted malt and fresh sea salt with a wonderfully subtle minerality running through all the stronger notes that really ties this flavorful batch together. Raw Milk...
Trilby This new batch of Trilby is incredible. These wheels offer a soft, supple texture with a luscious creamline, and flavor to boot! These little Trilbies give off an aroma of cocoa with a rind carrying just a hint of hoppiness, thanks to the Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey they are washed in. Inside at the creamy center of the cheese, you’ll get notes of earthiness, and autumnal fruit flavors like crisp apples and pears. Make a space on your fall cheese board for these little guys! Pasteurized milk.
Rarebird The raw milk Rarebird in this batch are dense with a sweet custardy aroma. These wheels carry some of the same sweet fall fruit flavors of the last batch, with added notes of anise-y black licorice and brown butter. The texture is creamy and palate-coating, with some hints of fresh bread and sweet cream rounding out the flavor profile. These Rarebirds would make a welcome addition to any cheesboard, and happen to make a great snack with sliced tart apples or crisp pears. Raw milk.
Havilah These latest batches of Havilah are really lovely. Cracking the wheels open, stocky vegetal aromas waft up to greet you, and the lovely golden color of the paste says summer gold. These wheels are dense and flakey, with flavors of broiled carrots, caramelized shallots, roasted nuts, and hearty beefy stews and those subtler notes of brown sugar, caramel, and a tiny hint of vanilla near the finish. Raw milk.
Herdsman These six month old winter Herdsman baskets start off with notes of cultured butter and creme fraiche, lemony citrus, and fresh sea salt, finishing off with hints of toasted cashew, caramel, and a bit of sharpness. This batch is firm and flakey, very versatile – equally great for snacking or for cooking! Raw milk
Abruzze Jawn In the farm store only! Our savory Abruzze Jawn will be very limited for awhile, while batches ripen in the caves. This creamy raw milk jack-style curd is blended with mild red pepper, ancho, pepperoncini, guajillo, pimenton (smoked paprika), green peppercorn, onion, and garlic. Aged 6 months, the smoky sweet spice blend imparts a distinct meaty flavor. Grate over cornbread, or atop your squash soup. Delicious on a grass-fed beef or black bean burger. Addictively spiced, but without heat. Raw milk.
Our creamy, tangy Lawrenceville Jack and small supply of Jack Reserve are also available in the farm store.
Our farm store cases and farm market coolers will be filled with some long awaited returns, and some of our usual suspects!
Trilby These little washed rind wheels are a delicious exploration of the terroir of Cherry Grove Farm. This seasonal cheese begins with the milk from our cows grazing lush summer pasture, and then spends its aging time being carefully washed in Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, which is made from local rye grains in Bristol, just 20 miles from our farm.
A few weeks before the Trilby is ready to sell, we visit a chestnut tree and a fig tree on the farm to hand pick the prettiest leaves, which will be blanched and soaked in that beautiful booze for a few weeks. Once ready, each little Trilby will be carefully hand wrapped for its journey home with you.
Everything about this little cheese, from start to finish, is hyper-local and handmade, making these washed-rind wheels the encapsulation of summertime on our farm and our region. Flavors are funky, boozy, and beefy, with notes of buttermilk and a fudgy-creamy texture. Pasteurized milk.
Ooooooooooumammi Ooooumammi is also back and ready to take its place on your summertime cheese board. This cheese is a love child between a vegetal brie and an earthy tomme – the mottled rind on these raw milk wheels is just the beginning of the beauty that is Ooooooumammi. Underneath that dappled bloomy rind lies a rich creamline and a dense center paste packed with flavor. Earthy, funky flavors of mushroom and root vegetables are balanced by notes of salted butter, savory meats, and even hints of anise near the finish. Raw milk.
Havilah These raw aummer milk Havilah wheels, boast layers and layers of flavors thanks to our diverse grassy pastures. These batches have a dense, flakey texture with lots of that wonderful crystallization near the rind. Hearty, stocky aromas greet you as you open the wheel, and when you take a bite, you get beefy notes of broiled potatoes and slow-cooked vegetable stock, plus sweeter notes of hazelnut, salted caramel, and vanilla.
Pairs well with deep flavors like dark berries and plums. Try with Le Bon Magot’s Tomato White Sultana chutney. Raw milk.
Rarebird Rarebird wheels are particularly special because this cheese is made with the milk of just one day’s milking. Being on the younger side, these little washed-rind wheels are a perfect snapshot of our terrior on that one summer day – the fresh grasses our cows were eating, the weather around us, our dedicated cheesemaking choices – and how each influenced the flavors of our luscious, fresh grass milk.
These wheels have a soft, sweet cream aroma and a dense, palate-coating texture that just about melts in your mouth. The flavors of this batch are simple and clean – wonderful notes of salted butter and fresh baked bread, with a tiny bit of that lovely washed-rind funk near the creamline. At the finish, a tinge of sweetness brings notes of almond and subtle hints of grassiness. Raw milk.
Herdsman We have two batches to share at markets and in the store this week. We are still finishing late autumn batches of extra-aged Herdsman baskets that start off with notes of cultured butter, lemony citrus, and fresh sea salt, and finish with hints of toasted cashew, and a bit of sharpness, that can be reminiscent of clothbound cheddars. Firm and flakey, these extra-aged batches are very versatile, great for snacking or for cooking!
We also cracked open a large wheel of a Herdsman that was made with local beer added into the paste. Aged in a large format wheel these batches have a rich, creamy texture and bright notes of citrus and sea salt with the tang of hoppy cream. A nice pairing with Eat This tomato jalapeno marmalade or some sweet and spicy Three Monkey Mustard. Raw milk.
savory Abruzze Jawn is back! This creamy raw milk jack-style curd is blended with mild
red pepper, ancho, pepperoncini, guajillo, pimenton (smoked paprika), green
peppercorn, onion, and garlic. Aged 6 months, the smoky sweet spice blend
imparts a distinct meaty flavor. Grate over cornbread, or atop your squash
soup. Delicious on a grass-fed beef or black bean burger. Addictively spiced,
but without heat. Raw milk.