Rogue River Blue

Rogue River Blue

Beginning at 5 a.m. on a summer’s day in June, the folks at Rogue Creamery spent their morning in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, picking Syrah grape leaves that will be macerated in local pear brandy from Clear Creek distillery — to later serve as an earthy wrap for the creamery’s Rogue River Blue.

Tied with a raffia ribbon, it is Rogue’s seasonal gift to Blue cheese lovers, released on September 23, 2015 and available through the beginning of 2016. Aged from nine to 18 months, Rogue River Blue can credit its popularity to attention to detail, including its unique grape leaf wrapping, seasonality and farmstead milk from Rogue’s own pampered cow milk dairy.

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A Global Ambassador

Meet Internationally Renowned Whole Food's Cathy Strange

A Global Ambassador

CATHY STRANGE STOOD TALL IN THE PROCESSION OF DIGNITARIES. Cloaked and clad in kindred hats, they waited to descend the mezzanine staircase. At the foot of the stairs, cheesemakers, mongers, retailers, and distributors breezed into the elegant room in celebratory anticipation. Sunlight beamed through stained glass family crests set into tall windows illuminating the gilded ceiling, marble floor and an immense sideboard laden with cheese. The crowd hushed as a chime signaled the start of the induction ceremony in Providence, RI, for La Guilde Internationale des Fromagers — La Confrérie de Saint-Uguzon.

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Gracie And The Cheese Factory

And so it begins: A blossoming love affair from a toddler’s vantage point

Gracie And The Cheese Factory

There is a twirl of pink stripes, and the skip of white sandals as my daughter gracie dances in front of a wall of cheese like a pinwheel fluttering in the wind. We’re at Neal’s Yard Dairy in Borough Market, and my highly excited 20-month old toddler is attempting to climb upon the stacks of discs, some as big as her body, and many the color of her wispy blonde hair.

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Lancaster County, PA, A Glimpse Of A Place Like No Other

Discovering the hidden gems in the midst of Amish Country

Lancaster County, PA, A Glimpse Of A Place Like No Other

FORTY YEARS AGO, when most Americans thought there was no better place to shop than the supermarket, Lancaster County promoted itself as a center of local foods and traditional dishes. Then, as the rest of the world became more and more interested in these things, Lancaster became less so. Amish families that had been farming for generations were suddenly working in retail stores and factories and their land gradually became subdivisions and shopping centers. Now, just when you thought that the area had been turned into an endless mall, a whole new generation of farmers is bringing back the idea of local food. Produce is organic, livestock is grass-fed, and a growing number of people are creating cheeses that are world-class.

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