Marieke Aged Gouda
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- Animal Rennet
- Age: 9-12 months
- Cow Milk
- by Penterman Farm
- United States
Sample this Gouda, and you’ll understand why cheesemaker Marieke Penterman has won so many awards. It’s nutty and mild with a hint of caramel sweetness. The semi-firm paste boasts a springy, creamy texture. Though it’s produced in Wisconsin (and not its native Netherlands), Marieke Aged Gouda is matured on authentic Dutch pine planks. It’s a snackable cheese that plays well with a delicate pinot noir, which will highlight, not overpower, its flavor.
- Gouda is milder than other cheeses because, after the curds are cut in order to release their liquid, they're washed with warm water. This increases the pH, resulting in a sweeter cheese.
- Marieke Gouda is aged on authentic Dutch pine planks that absorb the liquid as the cheese ages.
- In order to get the best quality milk from their cows, Penterman's built a, "cow spa." It's an open concept, free-stall barn that allows the herd to wander freely, while still giving them access to food at all times. It also gives the Pentermans control over the environment, so that when the sun is at its strongest, the cows can bask under sprinklers and fans. The sides and doors of the barn can also be opened, allowing a fresh breeze into the space. Ultimately, the herd's health and happiness were considered in every detail of the barn's construction.
- Each cow at the farm has been given their own “fit bit,” allowing the Barn Team to track their digestion, general health, and exercise habits.
- Marieke® Gouda is named for cofounder Marieke Penterman, who grew up on her parents’ 60-cow dairy farm in the Netherlands.
- She started Marieke® Gouda with her husband Rolf in Thorp, Wisconsin, where they produce their Gouda using equipment, cultures, herbs, and spices from Holland.
- Among many accolades, Marieke became the first woman to win the Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 2015.
- The milk they use for cheesemaking comes from Penterman Farm, located right across the street. Their cows live in a free-stall barn, allowing the animals to roam freely with 24/7 access to food.