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The Farm at Doe Run: St. Malachi

When St. Malachi, an aged Gouda, Alpine-style cheese from The Farm at Doe Run of Coatesville, PA, was named first place Best of Show at the American Cheese Society’s 2023 Judging & Competition, the farm says it was shocked to be named the top cheese in the nation. The cheese

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Pure Luck: Basket Molded Chèvre

Pure Luck Farm and Dairy in Dripping Springs, TX, has been making handmade artisan goat cheeses since 1995, so it was more than just “pure luck” when the dairy’s Basket Molded Chèvre tied for third place best of show in the 2023 American Cheese Society Judging and Competition, making it among the top five tastiest cheeses in the U.S.

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Goat Lady Dairy’s Providence

Goat Lady Dairy in Climax, NC, has been producing its award-winning Providence cheese for over a decade, but it is not always available. “We’ve taken breaks from it throughout the years,” says the dairy’s owner Carrie Bradds. She describes its creation as a “happy accident”. “When we started developing this

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Centerfold: Sequatchie Cove Creamery:  Shakerag Blue

A Top Seller with Deep Roots: Sequatchie Cove Creamery Shakerag Blue Though Shakerag Blue was not one of Sequatchie Cove Creamery’s original cheeses when the business was founded in 2010, it has been one of its most lauded and has become the top seller. It pays homage to Rogue Creamery’s

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Jasper Hill Farms: Whitney

Named after Tim Whitney—Jasper Hill’s longest-standing team member—Whitney is an Alpine-style cow’s milk cheese that honors the people behind a mission to set the gold standard of artisan cheese quality. A reflection of community, Whitney is made in a semi-firm mountain style with traditional methods that capture a true “Taste

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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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