Jasper Hill Farm’s Bayley Hazen Blue has developed a loyal following, and for good reason. This raw cow’s milk blue-veined cheese is as creamy and fudgy as they come. Aged for just under 4 months, Bayley Hazen is perfect for both sweet and savory pairings. Melt a fat slice on a burger for the ultimate creamy, umami flavor bomb, or pick up any jar of V Smiley Preserves, for a trip down a honey-sweetened lane.
A delicious and highly decorated Gruyere from Fribourg, Switzerland. 1655 is aged by Fromage Gruyere SA, the smallest of the Gruyere Affineurs and selected from the premier dairies that they source from. 1655 shows considerable seasonal variation though each wheel shows distinct fruit notes up front with a long and savory finish. Pair with Fallot Whole Grain Mustard or England Preserves Red Onion Marmalade.
One of the last small-batch, natural-rind Manchegos in production, the cheesemakers at Sierra la Solana age these wheels a minimum of 6 months to best develop the flavors of the milk. The sheep’s unique diet of grasses, grains, and olives from the groves in which they graze results in a perfectly balanced and complex flavor, carrying notes of buttered toast and green almonds.
As the USA's oldest sheep dairy in operation, the cheesemakers at Vermont Shepherd certainly know what they're doing. Extra Aged Invierno is their raw mixed-milk cheese that benefits from an extended aging period in the caves - at least two years before hitting our counters. The cows' milk lends a little sweetness that plays nicely with the earthy richness of the creamery's own sheeps' milk. Expect notes of grass and roasted garlic, with a tiny bit of crunch.
A unique expression of one of France's most popular cheeses, available only at Dedalus. The affineurs at Marcel Petit make sure that they choose the perfect wheels throughout the year for our personally selected flavor profile. Notes of toasty cashew, beef broth, and roasted carrot coexist with Comte's classic buttery richness in these extremely limited edition wheels. All you need is a bit of Vin Jaune.
A traditional English style Clothbound Cheddar made right up the road in Shelburne, VT. Shelburne’s take on this classic has big brothy notes with a bit of a kick reminiscent of onion or horseradish. Great with Edmund Fallot Walnut Mustard.
A hearty Alpine cheese made near the ruins of Schlossberger castle in the Emmental region of Switzerland. These wheels are a favorite on our counters - super savory and perfect for both snacking and melting, Schlossberger has the classic alpine brothiness you'd expect with a toasted-nut sweetness and light crystallization that makes it a versatile pairing partner.
One of only two cheeses produced on Vermont Shepherd's farm, Verano, meaning "summer," is made only during the warm summer months when the sheep graze in the luscious pastures of Southern Vermont. Sweet and earthy with a fatty richness, Verano and a crisp bottle of Albarino will make any weeknight feel like a celebration.
A smooth and toothsome cheese, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester was essentially brought back from the dead. Cheesemakers David & Jo Clarke set out to revive a cheese that had only been known as an industrially produced supermarket cheese for 50 years. The Clarkes worked off an old recipe in order to create Leicester as remembered by the previous generation. A smooth cheese with a bit of brown butter sweetness and just a hint of citrusy tartness, Neal's Yard also makes sure to select the wheels with the nuttiest and longest-lasting flavor.
A story so dreamy it sounds unreal: a CIA agent working in WWII Spain meets The Count of Romanones and falls in love. Together, they regenerate his Extremadura estates, with the goal of preserving traditional cheesemaking methods. Ridiculously spoiled sheep range free on the green fields, their feed supplemented by the farm’s own sweet granola mix; their rich milk produces these tiny, rugby ball shaped cheeses. These golden little wheels are floral and sweet, with notes of marigold and honey with a slightly wooly finish.
The classic Italian melting cheese. Fontina holds it out while standing apart from the swiss and french greats. Versatile and workable, this cheese holds its own on the cheeseplate as well with distinct notes of mushroom and cured meat.
Natural-rinded, raw milk, and made to an historic recipe on certified organic land near the coast of Wales, Hafod stands apart from the rest of the cheddar pack.
Owner Patrick Holden prizes a low input system, grazing a small herd of Ayrshire cows on 300 acres, while Hafod’s cheesemakers approach their work with a combination of historicism and experimentation. Though Hafod began life in 2007 as a clothbound cheddar, recent flavour profile trials have led the cheesemakers to break with tradition - relinquishing the cloth binding in favour of an all-moulded rind.
Expect an overall meaty, savoury quality, underpinned by a saline note that harkens back to the farm's maritime climate. With a hint of sweet mustard near the rind, Hafod is a great choice for those who prefer their cheeses without that characteristic cheddar acidity.
Once the most well-known and widely-available British cheese, true Cheshire is now one of the rarest of birds. In fact, there remains only one surviving farmhouse Cheshire producer in the UK - the Appleby family on Hawkstone Farm. The farm is currently owned and operated by Sarah Appleby, who - together with cheesemaker Garry Gray - oversees cheese production, and her husband Paul, who takes care of the cattle and ensures their milk is of the highest quality. Their herd of cows graze on Shropshire's mineral-rich grasses, resulting in a flinty but still super rich paste.
Parish Hill's distinctly Vermonter take on an Italian Fontina style. This gorgeous natural rind cheese is given a wash in beer brine as part of its aging process, resulting in a flavor that's savory while retaining that nutty Vermont Terroir.
Jan, Roos, and their single herd of cows make these intensely crystalline wheels on a tiny island in South Holland. Wilde Weide carries a much brighter flavor profile than other goudas - think perfectly ripe pineapple and an undercurrent of toasted cashews and sweet cream butter. One of our favorite summertime snackers.
Cheesemaking brothers Maugan & Todd Trethowan are dedicated to reviving this classic Welsh style using milk from their own herd of Holstein and Jersey cows. Aged longer than most other Caerphilly on the market, these wheels have a characteristic two-tone paste just under the velvety gray rind. The creamline, mushroom-y and silky, gives way to a crumbly center with notes of lemon yogurt and fresh-cut grass.
Cornerstone is a true “American Cheese”. Parish Hill Creamery founder and cheesemaker Peter Dixon has devoted much of his life to shaping the landscape of Vermont Cheese. Peter teamed up with two other creameries across the country to craft a true American original. Following the same recipe but using their own milk, rennet, and native cultures, the Cornerstone project was born. This raw cow’s milk cheese is aged out for just under a year and is reminiscent of a semi-firm Swiss or Alpine-style. The rind is grassy on the nose and the paste is a melt-in-your-mouth cream bomb.
A recent Market Club favorite, Roy is named after the Galician Cheesemonger who first introduced cheesemaker Juan Luis Royeula to the Cheddar Makers of England's Lincolnshire and Devonshire counties. Juan Luis slowly adapted their traditional cheddaring techniques, formulating a recipe that worked for the milk of his Guadarrama goats. Roy is surprisingly buttery and rich for a goat's milk cheese, with hints of the wild herbs that the goats forage on during the summer.
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