Friday, April 15, 2011

Winnimere is back!

Jasper Hill Farm's celebrated Winnimere


Luscious. Bacon-y. Salty. And a bit stinky. This is how I usually describe Winnimere, Jasper Hill Farm's seasonal washed rind cheese. But, really, words don't do it justice. You should just come by for a taste!

Winnimere is a special cheese for a number of reasons. It's made with rich winter milk, so it's only available for a few months in the spring (now!) It's wrapped in spruce bark harvested on the farm. Then it's washed in a custom brewed lambic beer made by nearby Hill Farmstead Brewery. And, for me, most special of all is that incredible, unique flavor.

I have just a few wheels, so if it sounds like your kinda cheese, you should get some pronto!


In other cheese news, Tayst and the 'Rind are planning a Meet the Cheesemaker Dinner in June. Three Tennessee cheesemakers + you, the cheese lover + 5 courses, each made with a different cheese = a memorable evening of cheesy bliss!

Thursday, June 23rd
6:00pm
5 courses plus wine pairings, $59
($44 without the vino)

Call Tayst for reservations
615-383-1953


This month's Nashville Farmers' Market Night Market is Friday, April 29th. If you haven't been to a Night Market yet, whatcha waitin' for? Live music. Wine. Plus your favorite market vendors. All in one festive evening!

Next month, the East Nashville Farmers' Market kicks off its 2011 season. Join us Wednesday, May 11th, for a fun afternoon of grand opening activities and, of course, fabulous market shopping. The weekly market will take place Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30pm, at 210 South 10th Street. Hope to see you there!


As always, I'll be at the Nashville Farmers' Market tomorrow (Saturday), 10am - 2pm, inside the Market House, with plenty o' delicious, artisanal cheeses!

This week's lineup...

Soft cheeses
Ellington (Looking Glass Creamery, NC)
Wabash Cannonball (Capriole, IN)
Weybridge (Scholten Family Farm + Cellars at JH, VT)

Semi-soft cheeses
Cumberland (Sequatchie Cove Creamery, TN)

Washed rind cheese
Winnimere ((Jasper Hill Farm, VT)
Oma (Von Trapp Farmstead + Cellars at JH, VT)
Coppinger (Sequatchie Cove Creamery, TN)

Firm cheeses
Pleasant Ridge Reserve (Uplands Cheese Co., WI)
Landaff (Landaff Creamery + Cellars at JH, VT)

Harder, aged cheeses
Red Hill Cheddar (Yellow Moon Creamery, AL)
30 Month Aged Parm (Yellow Moon Creamery, AL)
Ascutney Mountain (Cobb Hill Cheese + The Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT)
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar (Cabot Creamery + The Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT)

Blues
Dunbarton Blue (Roelli Cheese Haus, WI)
Bayley Hazen Blue (Jasper Hill Farm, VT)
Crater Lake Blue (Rogue Creamery, OR)

Accompaniments
Casalingo (Creminelli Fine Meats, UT)
Olive and Sinclair Southern Artisan Chocolate (TN)
Emily G's Jams of Love (GA)

Winnimere is wrapped in spruce bark harvested on the farm

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