I hope everyone is keeping warm during our, like, seventeenth snow of the season!
So Valentine's Day is almost here, and I bet you're trying to figure out what to get your sweetie. I know this will come as a shock to you guys, but I'm gonna throw out the best idea ever...cheese and chocolate! Amazingly, I have both on hand.
And for my single peeps reading along, why not gather a group of pals and have a cheese party? Everyone brings a favorite cheese and beverage, then you taste and share to heart's content!
This Saturday at the market, we have several new and returning cheeses to make your tastebuds happy.
- Tennessee's Sequatchie Cove Creamery has released a second cheese called Coppinger. A washed rind beaut aged a little over three months, Coppinger has an insanely creamy semi-soft texture with nice acidity.
- Two of Blackberry Farm's sheep's milk cheese are back this week: Pecorino-inspired Singing Brook and Blackberry Farm Blue.
- And one of my personal faves, Ascutney Mountain, is back! I usually describe it as the love child of an aged gouda and an aged cheddar. Happy, happy, happy.
- Here's the full list o' cheeses.
Next Friday brings this month's Night Market. If you haven't made it to one of these festive evenings, you're missing out, my friends. It's such a blast! Wine, music, and your favorite vendors, all in one place. Friday, February 18th, 6-8pm. And, as an added bonus, the 'Rind will have a special guest at the stand: Padgett Arnold of Sequatchie Cove Creamery! Come by and say hello - and, of course, buy some cheese. :)
Keep in mind, too, if you need cheese and can't get to the market, Provence Breads in the Village now has a great selection of Bloomy Rind cheeses. Currently in their case: Carolina Moon, brand new Coppinger, O'Banon, Black Butte Reserve, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Cumberland, and Hickory Grove. More to come!
As always, keep the 'Rind in mind if you need a killer cheese plate for your next event.