Located in Hoosick, New York, close to the Massachusetts and Vermont borders, Berle Farm is a certified organic farm, owned and operated by Beatrice Berle. The 600-acre farmstead dates back to the 1840s. Beatrice comes from a long line of farmers and is dedicated to continuing sustainable farming practices, which include using solar power to run the farm. Berle Farm produces a variety of dairy products including artisanal cheese and yogurt, in addition to raising organic beef cattle. Currently, the farm milks 8 cows to produce its three different cheeses. Berleberg is Berle Farm’s signature cheese. It is, in the words of Beatrice Berle, “…the framework of our farm, family, and living systems.” With only five wheels being made per batch using milk sourced from the farm, Berleberg is a mild-flavored, raw milk cheese. It has a light brown-grey rind and pale yellow interior with tiny eyes dotted throughout. Berleberg is available at stores throughout New York State, Vermont and Massachusetts, or directly from the farm.
The flavor is of buttered popcorn, with a smooth, luscious texture. It is perfect to use in gourmet grilled-cheeses served with spicy tomato bisque. Berleberg is also hearty enough to put on artisanal burgers for a great twist.
Suggested pairings with Berleberg including fresh Apple Cider, IPAs and Sparkling Wines, especially those made in New York State such as Brown’s Pale Ale, or one of Sparkling Pointe’s wines.