Made in America: Cheese to Celebrate Independance Day – part 1

usa1The artisanal cheese movement has been rapidly growing in the US over the past few decades, resulting in some really awesome domestic artisanal cheeses.  With the 4th of July quickly approaching, we’re bringing you a three-part series on some of our favorite cheeses made right here in the U-S of A!  You will be able to view Parts Two and Three HERE as they are posted over the next few days!  Now for the first round of cheeses:

Our first domestic favorite is Maytag Blue produced by Maytag Dairy Farms in just outside of Newton, Iowa.  A cow’s milk blue cheese, Maytag is aged over six months, giving it a slightly sharp flavor with a tangy finish.  It is dense and crumbly, yet melts in your mouth, making it perfect to crumble in a salad or melt on a burger.

Another all time favorite is the delicious Humboldt Fog by Cypress Grove Chevre in California.  A soft-ripened goat’s milk cheese, this multi-award winner has a very distinguishing layer of vegetable ash running through the center.  The cheese ripens from the outside in, so you have a dense, fresh chevre center surrounding by a deliciously runny cream line that grows as the cheese continues to ripen.  Humboldt Fog is creamy and powdery in texture, with a mild goaty and slightly lemony flavor.

Coming to us from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery in Websterville, Vermont, is Cremont.  An ooey, gooey combination of goat’s milk, cow’s milk, and just a touch of cow cream makes this cheese a must try for all!  Smooth and delicate, Cremont is mild with a very slight tang on the finish, courtesy of the goat’s milk.

Hailing from Beehive Cheese Company in northern Utah, comes Barely Buzzed–one of the more unique cheeses I have encountered during my tenure with Vineyard Market.  It is a firmer, cheddar-style cheese with a delicious blend of coffee grounds and lavender rubbed on the outside.  With notes of caramel, butterscotch, espresso, and lavender, Barely Buzzed is much more subtler in flavor than one would expect.  I guarantee you’ll fall in love with this cheese after your first bite!

Stay tuned for Parts Two and Three!

*Inventory varies by store. Please contact your local Vineyard Market for current stock.

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