Cranberry Creek Cheese Tasting
Word of new cheese travels fast in Philadelphia, especially when it appears at Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market. That’s where I picked up this pretty chevre from newly anointed cheesemakers Mary Jean Bendorf and Jeff Henry from Cranberry Creek Farm in the Poconos. Tomorrow, June 23, they’ll be at Quince Fine Foods, 209 W. Girard Avenue, for a tasting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Word has it there will also be samples of goat-cheese tarts from Gil Ortale of Market Day.
If you live in the neighborhood of Northern Liberties or Fishtown, pop over to welcome these new cheesemakers to the local scene. Their chevre is snow-lite and delicate. I’ve already penciled it in for my August cheese column in Grid Magazine.
One tasting note: Bendorf and Henry make a variety of flavored chevres, but be sure to try the plain variety first so that you can taste the quality of their milk. They pasture their goats (and like to take walks with them through the forest) so the flavor profile is really interesting. The batch I bought two weeks ago tasted wonderfully minty with a hint of sage. I look forward to seeing how the profile of this chevre tastes over the course of the summer.
The couple also produces a natural-rinded Cheddar (above), which is beautiful though perhaps a twinge salty. Their zeal for experimentation, however, deserves wild applause.
For questions about tomorrow’s tasting, call Quince: 215-232-3245.