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Wyke Farms Ivy’s Vintage Reserve Cheddar – February Cheese of the Month

Wyke Farm Ivy's CheddarWe have made it to February! The end of Winter is in sight but it is not quite over yet. So with these last few weeks to go, it is important to keep some emergency blizzard supplies in your fridge, just in case. It’s true that we may have dodged the “blizzard of historic proportions” here in New Jersey this time but don’t you want to be ready if another storm creeps up on us? This month’s featured cheese is perfect to hang out in your fridge until the time is right to break it out. Wyke Farms Ivy’s Cheddar is ideal to keep you sane if you do become trapped inside.

Wyke Farms is located in the Somerset countryside of South West England. It has been making award-winning farmhouse cheddar since 1861 using the Clothier Family’s original recipe.  The farm boasts a 100% green initiative with a sustainability mission aiming to produce as little interference with the environment as possible. It is really encouraging to see a company that uses electric and gas created from renewable resources, has their own water re-usage plant, and takes the initiative to minimize waste production.

Ivy’s Vintage Reserve Cheddar is named after the Clothier family’s grandmother, the woman responsible for developing the family’s original cheddar recipe. The cheddar is aged for a minimum of 15 months and selected by the farm’s master Cheese Grader to ensure the quality of this special edition cheddar. I must admit that I was a little skeptical about this cheese. After all, how much different can a farmhouse cheddar be from the others that I have tried in the past?

The cheese has a delicious flavor. It is sharp, nutty and sweet and even has some salt crystals to tickle your tongue. The texture is a little crumbly at first but actually has a pretty creamy mouthfeel. It is certainly a nice stand alone cheese that is fun to snack on simply with some crackers. The perfect treat if you are cuddled up by the fire watching the snow come down.

6 thoughts on “Wyke Farms Ivy’s Vintage Reserve Cheddar – February Cheese of the Month”

  1. I tasted this cheese at a winery in Napa and loved it! Now I cannot seem to find it anywhere at home (Bay Area, California). Any advice on where to find it? Thanks!

    1. Hi Robyn,
      So sorry I missed your comment earlier! We’re actually still carrying Wyke Farms’ Cheddar in almost all of our full-service Vineyard Market locations, including Glen Rock, Ramsey, Wayne, & Morris Plains, among a few others. If you’re in a certain area in Jersey, feel free to let me know and I can try to pinpoint the closest store in stock!

      1. Hi Paul,

        Not too sure about the NC area as I’m not sure about what markets you have around there. Definitely worth a shot to ask your local cheese shop or cheesemonger at your local supermarket to see if they can get a hold of this cheese!

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