Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 1050 : My newest cheese crush

Yesterday was the New Amsterdam Market's Cheese market featuring a series of local and artisanal creameries along with breads, prepared foods, plenty of end of summer produce, small production chocolates and pickles and much more. 

On the creamery front there was Jasper Hill with their new release Alpha Tolman, an Alpine style firm aged cheese and of course their classics like Bayley Hazen Blue. There was Vermont farmstead with perfectly delectable Lille and their always wonderful Governor's Cheddar. Edgwick Farm had their wonderful goat's milk cheeses - in particular their Idlewild and of course their Feta and their fresh infused goat's milk cheeses. 

On top of my local favorites, present was a new creamery for me -- Cherry Grove Creamery based out of Lawrenceville, NJ. Their raw cow's mik aged Alpine style cheese -- Havilah blew me away. Nutty and buttery with that classic aged crystallization tang and notes of grassy, farmsteady delight. Aged for a minimum of six months, this is an honest and truly wonderful local new cheese discovery. 

A versatile pairing partner, my top choice would be with a glass of medium bodied fruit forward red wine but a nice pint of Sixpoint's Autumnation would also go wonderfully.

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