Valley Milkhouse Goes to Cheese Camp

Stefanie AngstadtFriends, you’ve heard me rave about a new Pennsylvania cheesemaker named Stefanie Angstadt and her little micro-creamery, Valley Milkhouse in Oley, PA. I’m here to share the summer issue of Edible Philly, which contains the profile I wrote about her, called “The Start-Up Creamery.” You can read Edible Philly’s digital edition if you don’t live in these parts, or look for copies in Reading Terminal Market. Her story about reclaiming a historic milk house after learning to make cheese in her Brooklyn kitchen is inspiring. If you’re young and misty-eyed about working with milk, take a gander. You’ll find out how Stef secured her first loan and worked with her local community to get her one-woman operation running.

Valley Milkhouse with Fave Props

Top (clockwise): Clover, Ivory Bell, Witchgrass, Thistle, cultured butter

Shooting the photos for this story resulted in some of my favorite images. Stef’s cheeses are all very distinct in taste and in shape — she’s got an oozy bloomy, an herb-laced log, a natural-rinded blue, and a stunning ashy pyramid. Draping them with currants and adding a lump of honeycomb made their colors and textures pop.

If you’re headed to Cheese Camp (a.k.a. the American Cheese Society conference) in Providence next week, be sure to give Stef a big ol’ smile. She’s this year’s scholarship winner!

Madame Fromage at Cheese Camp: I’ll be presenting with Christine Hyatt (Cheese Chick Productions) at Cheese Camp on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. for a talk on Improving Your Digital Image. We’ll be talking about digital photography and social media. Come say hello if you’re in the crowd! I’ll be at ACS all week with my fellow Philadelphians, Sue Miller of Birchrun Hills Farm and cheese painter Mike Geno. Plus, Anna Juhl of Cheese Journeys! We’ll be at the Red Fez, July 30, 9 p.m. for the DZTA Award Winners party — check out the Facebook link for details!

Witchrass (mixed cow and sheep milk)

Witchrass (mixed cow and sheep milk)

Looking to try these cheeses? Click here for Valley Milkhouse retail locations and markets. You can also visit the creamery’s small farm store at 92 Covered Bridge Rd. in Oley, PA. It’s one of the sweetest little farm stores I’ve ever seen, with eggs, yogurt, and plenty of cheese. 

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