Chester County Cheese Tasting
In Philadelphia, you don’t have to go very far to find ridiculously good cheese. Many of my favorite makers will be out at Wyebrook Farm in Honeybrook, PA for a special tasting on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Sadly, I can’t be there, but I hope you make the drive. Here are directions. Here’s the link to buy tickets ($25). Now expect to be wowed. Wyebrook’s 18th-century stone barn looks like the perfect spot to for sips and nibbles on a crisp evening.
If you’ve followed this blog over the last few years, you know I’m just nuts about the cheeses from this area. Within several miles, you can find award-winning cow and goat’s milk cheeses, like Birchrun’s fabulous raw-milk Red Cat made by Sue Miller, and not far down the road: Yellow Springs Nutcracker — a tender goat tomme washed in homemade Nocino liqueur that Catherine and Al Renzi make from their own black walnut trees.
You’ve also got downy goat logs that look like doll-house bolster pillows — thanks to Amazing Acres. Within the last year, several new cheesemakers have emerged, making Chester County easily one of the most exciting cheese scenes on the East Coast. Okay, maybe I’m biased, but my gusto is not ungrounded.
It hasn’t been an easy year for cheese makers — a long, dry summer followed by the recent hurricane has put many small dairy farms in jeopardy. A low milk supply from the drought, followed by storm damage, means that cheesemakers across the country have been quietly hurting. If you love local cheese, please open your mouth. Go. Taste. Greet.