American Cheese MonthFrom amber waves to purple mountains, the American Dream is born of the land. And in the last 30 years, cheesemakers from sea to shining sea have been tending it in new and revolutionary ways, making the United States the most exciting producer of artisanal cheese on the planet. For American Cheese Month, we are celebrating those cheesemakers, the ones who are pursuing the American Dream to delicious ends and crafting world-class wheels and wedges. Let’s meet the makers!
East Coast: Nettle Meadow KunikThis week, we’re celebrating Nettle Meadow, a farm in the Adirondacks operated by Lorraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan since 1990, with dozens of sheep and over 300 goats providing the milk for some of America’s most incredible cheeses, like the Kunik
West Coast: Humboldt FogHumboldt Fog is perhaps the most recognizable American original cheese. Handmade at Cypress Grove's Northern California creamery from local goat's milk and lightly aged, Humboldt Fog boasts a fudgy texture and tangy flavor.
South: Green HillAl Wehner was one of the first dairymen in America to convert his medium-large operation to 'New Zealand Style Intense Rotational Grazing.' This means that the herd is shuffled around to fresh parcels of pasture after every milking to ensure fresh green grass for grazing.
Midwest: O'BanonFrom Indiana-based farm Capriole, this fresh, milky wheel was a 2014 ACS winner, taking home first place for its singular flavor. Known for artisanal American cheesemaking, Capriole is a goat cheese sensation that’s become a staple of the Midwest cheese scene.
The American Cheese Society (ACS) is a national grassroots organization for cheese appreciation and for home and farm cheesemaking. Each year, thousands of cheeses are entered to compete in the Annual Conference, judging cheesemaking excellence. At Murray's, we offer a great selection of ACS winners for you to enjoy.