Goat Milk Cheddar (Redwood Hill)
Located along the Northern California Coast in Sonoma County, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is a goat dairy and creamery producing artisanal cheeses, yogurts, kefir, sour cream and other specialty dairy products. The farm and creamery are owned and operated by Jennifer Bice.
In 1978 at the age of 23, Jennifer Bice took over the goat farm from her parents, who had established it as part of the “back to the land movement” of the sixties. Over time, her interest in dairy goats and artisanal foods led her to become an award-winning goat breeder and cheesemaker.
Her herd of Saanen, Alpine, Nubian and La Mancha dairy goats was the first to become Certified Humane in the U.S., which is considered the gold standard in third-party certification for animal welfare. The farm and creamery are fully powered with renewable solar energy via a large array of solar panels – one of many sustainability programs Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery has in place.
Aged over one year, the Redwood Hill Goat Cheddar has a smooth, firm texture. Its flavors are mild and sweet with savory notes. It has none of the intense, pungent flavors usually associated with goat milk cheeses.
Redwood Hill Farm also produces a smoked version of this cheddar, which is smoked in a gentle process using real, cold Hickory. Without being overpowering, this Smoked Goat Milk Cheddar exhibits a meaty richness.
This cheddar can be served alongside pears and apples, and it complements recipes that require melted cheese, such as lasagna, grilled cheese sandwiches or enchiladas. The smoked version of this cheddar is a melted favorite among people who like burgers with a kick.
Beverage pairings depend on how the cheddars are used, but both the regular and smoked cheddar pair well with beer, hard cider, and red wine.