Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day

The Appreciation of Raw Milk Cheese

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Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day kicks off our grazing season every April, and it looks like mother nature is cooperating… the grass is greening!

We will be celebrating on both Saturday, April 13th and Saturday, April 20th between 11am and 3pm with:

Meet the Makers tents featuring great local chutneys, butters, jams and marmalades that complement our raw milk cheese. Visit with Naomi from Le Bon Magot, and Gino from Eat This Yum the weekend of the 13th, and Barbara from Muirhead Foods, and Naomi from Le Bon Magot, the 20th.

Free Public Farm Tours – about an hour long pasture walk into the back forty at 11:30 and 3pm. Free Hayrides – Hayrides take you back to the pond, if the ground permits. Too wet and we cannot pass. Rides will run about 20 minutes long, from noon until 4pm.

If you are on farm at 4pm you might as well hang out and watch milking and calf feeding!

On Saturday, April 13th at 2pm we will offer a free class “Building Your Best Cheeseboard”. The session will be between 30-40 minutes long and get into some pairings tips as well. This will be first come first serve with a max of 20 people. A sign up sheet will be in the farm store that morning.

Why celebrate raw milk cheese?
Well, number one, its delicious. And a healthy form of protein. But also, to raise awareness about this superior artisan product is being made right here in New Jersey.

Raw milk cheeses have a richer, more complex flavor than their pasteurized brethren because of the increased microbial diversity. Once you heat treat milk, you lose the good microbes along with the bad. Our cheesemakers will tell you that raw milk cheeses ripen faster, develop more intense flavors, and have more “nose” than pasteurized milk cheeses.

And we also like the idea of tradition. Before pasteurization, all milk—and thus, traditional cheese—was raw, so raw milk cheeses keep with the old ways.

Hello Cheese Fans!

We had a wonderful time at the annual Brewer’s Plate last Sunday. Put on to benefit Fair Food, one of Philly’s premier farm to marketplace nonprofits, it is THE food and drink event of the year in Philly. It was great getting to meet all of our fellow artisan food partners and get to try some really tasty foods and drinks. (We even found some chili with our Herdsman on it from a fellow vendor.)

Our table sampled out our Raw Rodeo Brie, a raw milk Brie with an center of ash, smoked salt, and smoked paprika – pairing it with local Asian pear products from Subarashi Kudamono of the Lehigh Valley.

 

Our latest batch of Trilby is ripening and developing even more nuanced flavor as it ages. I’ve been melting thick slices of it over a potato gratin with bacon and onions for breakfast and it is absolutely amazing. As this warm weather sets in, I’ll begin my search for edible leaves around our farm, for our special leaf-wrapped Trilby. Well into fall last year, I used leaves from the Norwegian Maple that is behind the cottage, but this year I will experiment with the wide diversity of species that we have on the farm.
 
 
We are taking wholesale pre-orders for our next batch of raw milk brie, ready in time for the 2nd annual Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day on April 16th. If you’d like us to come to your cheese counter to help celebrate, let us know because we are not quite booked up yet. http://cheesenotes.com/post/138609811589/raw-milk-cheese-appreciation-dayapril-16-2016 

 

Onto the cheese:
 
Brie: Young batches of regular size. With a limited availability per the usual winter milk supply.
 
Herdsman: Wheels from October and early November. Nice wheels with creamy farmhouse flavor. Baskets return for those that prefer those! Raw Milk.
 
Havilah:  August and Sept 2014 batches. Caramel, grass, pineapple, hints of hazelnut, with a really great texture. These are some really wonderful batches. Raw Milk.
 
Lawrenceville Jack: Our usual creamy grass-fed, mac n cheese buddy. Getting into fall batches.
 
Full Nettle Jack: Spicy oregano and lemon notes shining through from the nettles. Spring and summer wheels. Raw Milk.
 
Trilby: Our local rye whiskey-soused friend is currently available in .50 and 1 lb rounds. Lovely beef, buttermilk and even walnut flavors – and just a fistful o’ funk on that rind. Wonderful to eat plain with spirits or melted on top of potatoes. For those of you who may have had a hard time with the texture/shelf life in the past this batch is more stable than those prior. Pasteurized.
 
P.S. If you know of anyone who wants to begin their foray into the art of fermenting milk, we are still looking for our intern for the season. http://www.goodfoodjobs.com/jobs/76069/cheesemaking-intern.html

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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