Firefly Farms was founded in 2000 by a group of close friends who decided they wanted to get into the goat cheese business. At first, they maintained their own goats and crafted cheese with the milk from those goats however in 2006, they decided to focus solely on the cheese end of things, no more goats in the future. So they now source milk from local farms giving back to the region's goat milk farms. In 2011, Firefly opened Firefly Farms Creamery & Market showcasing their cheeses and other local products. A proponent of American artisanal cheesemaking, Firefly is sure making its mark on the Allegheny Plateau's region.
Currently Firefly crafts eight different cheeses -- ranging from a soft creamy chevre to a bloomy rind to a hard snacking and a blue to name a few. In last night's cheese trotting, we tasted their Merry Goat Round, a goat's milk bloomy rinded homage to brie and camembert style cheeses. Delicate and decadent without being heavy, this cheese embodied the classic grassy citrusy chalky goaty notes with an eloquent elegance and clean crisp finish. Great with a crisp mineral forward white wine, some dried cherries and a baguette.
I sometimes find brie and camembert style cheeses to be somewhat heavy handed but this was the exact opposite -- light yet full of presence.
Image courtesy of http://www.artisanalcheese.com/