Feta (Gold Creek Farms)
In 2007, Alan and Debbie Gold purchased a 130-acre property in Woodland, Utah, 45 minutes east of Park City. The property had been a dairy farm over four decades ago, but all that remained was a broken down barn and an open-air hay structure. Continuing the legacy of the land, the Golds decided to create an artisan cheesemaking facility there. After completely renovating the barn and hay structure, as well as building a brand new barn to house their cheesemaking facility, they moved in with their Brown Swiss cows.
Today the Golds produce a range of dairy products as well as soaps and lotions. Focusing on quality rather than quantity, they adhere to a range of sustainable farming practices, such as recycling whey to feed their pigs, supplementing feed grain with spelt wheat from a local distillery, and keeping fertilizer and antibiotic use to a bare minimum. So that the cows are able to roam freely, they never house more than 35 at a time.
Head cheesemaker and gourmet chef Fernando Chavez-Sandoval, known for his creativity and experimentation with new recipes, is responsible for the production of Gold Creek Farm’s line of award-winning cheeses.
Gold Creek Farms’ Feta is aged for six to nine months in a brine solution that is made from the whey produced during the cheesemaking process. Not only does the special brine help the farm to reduce waste, says Debbie; it also helps the cheese to develop stronger flavors.
This Feta is crumbly and firm in texture. Flavor is dominated by a salty tang.
Pair it with a wheat beer or, as the Golds suggest, layer it between hummus and olives.