Lakins Gorges Cheeses from Maine

Some cheeses inspire you the moment you unwrap them. Their freshness beckons, their rinds beg you to run your fingers across them. Surfaces speak: ripples call to mind tide pools, ridges suggest barnacles. I am speaking about Lakins Gorges Cheese from Rockport, Maine. When I opened the box from their maker, Alison Lakin, I was […]

Secrets of Cheese Signage

What inspires you to pick up a cheese and take it home for the night? I’m asking because this question has been keeping me up at night. It’s the subject of a talk I agreed to give at PASA’s Farming for the Future Conference on February 7 — a talk called “Describing Products for Market: […]

MF Needs an Intern

Dear readers, I spend a lot of time alone in my Cheese Command Center, sitting in this chair. After five years of running my own little online dairy empire, it’s time to open a window and let in some air. I’m looking for a bird, a plane…an intern!  Although this is an unpaid position, I am willing […]

Live! Birchrun Hills Kickstarter

If you attended the Cheese Ball in January, or if you read about it, hopefully you remember Sue Miller. She’s a local cheesemaker and friend who is working to build a cheese facility on her farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Cheese Ball raised $5,000 as a first step toward financing the project. Now, Sue’s Kickstarter — an […]

A Cheese Spa at Woodloch

What could be more decadent than standing around in bathrobes, drinking wine and sampling cheese? That was my Friday night at the Lodge at Woodloch, a beautiful spa in the Poconos that hosts a monthly culinary guest. (Yes, I have blotted out the eyes of those to whom I fed triple cremes. I don’t want you to […]