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Ferndale Farmstead’s Roundbale

According to Ferndale Farmstead’s cheesemaker Daniel Wavrin, it was 2019 when the “stars aligned” and Roundbale completed the creamery’s offerings of Italian-style heritage cheeses. Located in Ferndale, WA, this cheese producer makes pasta filata and aged Italian-style cheese in the manner of fresh mozzarella, Scamorza and Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana

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Haystack Mountain Creamery’s Cashmere

Longmont, CO’s Haystack Mountain Creamery was providing Whole Foods Market with goat milk cheese, when the retailer’s vice president of specialty Cathy Strange reached out. “Whole Foods had carried our goat’s milk cheese for a long time, but due to labor issues, stopped carrying it,” says Jackie Chang, who has

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Hidden Springs Creamery: Ocooch Mountain Grande Reserve

The love of Uplands Creamery’s Pleasant Ridge Reserve is what prompted Westby, WI-based Hidden Springs Creamery’s owner Brenda Jensen to venture out into the world of washed rind cheese production. “That was the inspiration for Ocooch Mountain Grande Reserve, so I worked on a similar recipe,” she says. “The problem

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Cypress Grove: Fog Lights

Arcata, CA-based Cypress Grove, launched Fog Lights, its newest addition to the award-winning Humboldt Fog family of cheeses, last summer in response to a rapidly changing market. “We heard our customers’ need for retail-ready, grab-and-go cheeses, and we rallied our teams to develop and launch Fog Lights in just a

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Beehive Cheese Co.: PROMONTORY

When Pat Ford and Tim Welsh opened their creamery doors in 2005, they had eight days of cheesemaking experience between the two of them and heaps of enthusiasm. They knew they wanted to open a small local creamery in their hometown of Ogden, UT, but they were not clear on

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A Tale of Two Cheeses

FireFly Farms’ Merry Goat Roundand Spruce Reserve A two-for-one is even better when it involves cheese. Accident, MD-based FireFly Farms’ Merry Goat Round is one of the three original cheeses that company co-founder Pablo Solanet created back in 2002. “When we started the company, we wanted to make fresh chevre

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Beautiful Coincidences Coming Together

Gourmino Affinage & Selection’sLe Gruyère AOP Although it was the 2008 World Championship Cheese Contest that put Switzerland’s Gourmino Affinage & Selection’s Le Gruyère AOP on the map, cheesemaker Michael Spycher again was recognized as World Champion in 2020.

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SAPUTO CHEESE USA’s Kiss My Ash

A Cheese of Visual Intrigue Montchevre Kiss My Ash was first launched in 2018 by Saputo Cheese USA, headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL, a few months after its acquisition of Betin Inc., doing business as Montchevre, a Wisconsin-based goat cheese manufacturer and marketer. Through its Montchevre brand acquisition, Saputo Cheese USA

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Best in Class

The unique and creative Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery in Oregon won Best Cheese in the World at the World Cheese Competition held in Bergamo, Italy. It also is our Centerfold cheese, starting on page 26. This is an amazing cheese and all cheese lovers should strive to taste

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ROGUE CREAMERY’S Rogue River Blue

A Coveted Blue Rogue Creamery’s iconic Rogue River Blue Cheese recently achieved a monumental first for the American specialty and farmstead cheese industry: it won the coveted title of World Champion Cheese at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy.

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