Thursday, February 10, 2011

New and returning cheeses + Feb Night Market

Greetings cheese lovers and snow bunnies,

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.

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.


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