Fleur de la Terre
Located near Zionsville, Indiana,Traders Point Creamery is a family owned, organic farmstead dairy and cheesemaking operation.
Milk for production comes from the Traders Point herd of Brown Swiss cows, which spends all year rotationally grazing the pastures surrounding the dairy. The milk from Brown Swiss cows is particularly well-suited to cheesemaking.
Throughout the year Traders Point milks 60-90 cows each day, and additional milk is purchased from a sister farm in southern Indiana. Both farms are certified organic.
Production of fresh cheeses and yogurt began in 2003, when Traders Point sold cheese direct to customers from their small store, and made local deliveries.
In 2005, Fons Smits, a native of Holland and experienced cheesemaker, joined the business. Drawing on recipes that he had introduced during his time as cheesemaker in Holland and at Cowgirl Creamery, in California, Fons expanded the range of offerings at Traders point.
Traders Point now produces a wide range of fresh cheeses, including Fromage Blanc, Cottage Cheese, creamline whole milk (sold in glass bottles), chocolate milk, and European-style yogurts. Traders Point also produces an aged gouda called Fleur de la Terre.
Developed by Fons Smits to a gouda recipe from his native Holland, Fleur de la Terre is a gently aged cheese with a creamy yet firm texture.
Milk for production of this cheese comes from the cows that are grazing on the property's pastures, rich with herbs and grasses.
Encased in a natural rind, the interior paste is smooth, firm and slightly flaky, with small holes.
Flavors of the cheese are mild, sweet, nutty and herbacous with buttery notes and a distinctive tang.