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A Quick Update from the Cheesemaker

As usual, I have been very busy making cheese.  I have 200 gals of milk delivered each week and make around 230 lbs of cheese from that milk.  I repeat this every week.  Much of the milk is for the fresh cheeses; feta, ricotta, cottage, cream etc.   The rest is for aged cheese. I choose which cheese to make each morning, and that is usually the only cheese I make that day.  Some must be made on their own because they take many hours and then, others, like bleu cheese, because it likes to “share”.  Extra care must be taken when making bleu cheese.  One stray spore can turn a whole cave bleu.  It’s not dangerous, just annoying.

We recently made a quick trip to Hatch NM for green chilies.  We brought 920 lbs of chilies home.  We had it roasted immediately, so we just had to clean and package it.  It was a BIG job to get all of that in the freezer.  These are the chilies used in my “Great White” cheddar, and we are looking forward to the first new batch, as this harvest is very tasty.

The weather is cooling down and the trip is long so we won’t be doing the market a Woodland park anymore for the market on Fridays, fret not, however, our cheese is for sale at Vintage Vines & The Staircase Gallery at 108 W. Midland Avenue, in Woodland Park.

Parker has a wine walk on Fridays.  You buy a bracelet and go from site to site, tasting wine.  We set up at Main Street Market with our cheese, and met lots of people.  We sold our beautiful cheese boards and had a very fun evening.

As the markets wind down, I will be looking for more outlet stores to sell our cheese, and I will be sure to share the locations on our site.

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and I will be happy to handle your special orders.  The smaller wheels that I am making for the Stoney Blue and the C.U.I (Cow Under the Influence) look beautiful as the center of a gift basket,  or combine several types to share all of our flavors with your friends and family.  please contact us soon.  Shipping in cooler weather won’t be a problem.

Last, but not least, we have been invited to join in the 4th Annual Colorado Cheese Festival next month and look forward to seeing many of you there.  Please check out the website and join us if you can.  http://www.cocheesefest.com/

A Pre-Solstice Note:

It’s been a busy time.  We spend hours making cheese and are barely keeping up with the demand.  This is a good thing.  We sold over 25lbs of Feta this weekend!  Also a ton of cream cheese and some hard cheeses.  I have a 5month old cheese now.  My babies are growing up.

Some exciting news for July.  We have been invited to join the Elizabeth Celtic festival.  It is a 2 day event with long hours.  There will be thousands of people coming and hundreds of vendors.  We will be spending the night.  A tent with a cot is provided, also a fridge for some limited storage.  We are allowed to sell ready-to-eat food, so I am making soda bread to put the cream cheese on.  I’m probably going to make salads with my feta cheese on them.

Ron and I used to do renaissance fairs with our children so we are familiar with the era we will be in.  Side bar:  our daughter would dress as a boy because girls of that time were expected to be home makers.  Boring…….

The Cotswold will be ready in time for the festival.   Farmers’ cheddar, along with the Cotswold were common cheeses in that time.  Both of these cheeses work well on hot or cold sandwiches as well as crackers.  (or mom’s personal favorite, a chunk of cheese and a pickle.)

Thanks for the suggestions for flavors for the cream cheese, we will be sampling some of the more popular mixes, and will let you all decide.

Again, thank you all for joining us at the markets; it has been a blast to share this journey with you all.  Stay tuned as we move to the next phase.

Our Trip to Europe

Hi everyone!
I met lots of new people on our trip, handed out lots of business cards and ‘hopefully’ made a few lifelong friends.
I’m posting some of the pictures here and will make a link for you to look at all the pictures from the trip, if you like.
We started out in Dublin, Ireland for one night, then went on to Rome for five nights. We went to Germany for Thanksgiving with my son and his family and then back to Rome to start our 14 night cruise.
We tasted and bought cheese everywhere we could. we even managed to bring some aged Parmesan back from Rome, in our luggage.
Yes, we claimed it on our customs tag and they let it through.
By the end of the cruise, my fingers were itching to make cheese. So when I got home, I made lots of mozzarella for a friend to smoke for me.
I made some in the style of the fresh Buffalo Mozzarella that we found in Rome. As it turns out, it was too soft for smoking, so I ended up making another batch of firmer cheese for smoking.

these pictures show the WONDERFUL buffalo mozzarella that we ate in Rome.
I will write a separate blog entry for all the cheese we ate while on our trip.
I’m very glad to be home but also missing the vacation.