Thursday, August 20, 2009

My New Favorite Cheese, and It's Local!

Just recently I took home a few cheeses for the house from our cheese selection. One was from a cheese producer I was familiar with but hadn't had this particular one. The Appalachian from Meadow Creek Dairy is my new favorite cheese. Meadow Creek is a darling of food writers accross the country yet relatively unknown in VA where the dairy is located. This must change.

Meadow Creek Dairy is a family farm in the mountains of southwest Virginia. At an elevation of 2800ft, the combination of pure water, clean air and deep soils produce an ideal environment for growing diverse, mineral-rich pastures.

Since 1980, farming has been our craft. We have worked closely with our Jersey herd to give them the best care, develop the genetics best adapted to our farm, and in the process produce the highest quality milk. Now we take our craft to its next level, providing you with a full flavored, healthy, ecologically friendly cheese.
They produce farmstead cheeses (meaning the whole cycle happens on the farm) of exceptional quality. The Appalachian which we have in stock now is described as having a:
supple straw color paste and a white mould rind with glimpses of pink showing through. The flavor is mild and buttery with a spicy finish and just a hint of mushroom.
It melts beautifully and is wonderfully flavorful. Pair with the Jefferson Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay or Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay for a completely local experience.

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