Twig Farm Washed Wheel
Twig Farm is a small goat dairy and cheesemaking business run by Michael Lee and Emily Sunderman. Located in West Cornwall, Vermont, about ten miles south of Middlebury, the 20 acre farm was established in 2005 and produces aged, raw milk goat cheeses.
Having worked as an apprentice at Peaked Mountain Farm in Townsend, Vermont, Michael manages the goats, and produces and ages the cheese. Emily manages the business and marketing for Twig Farm and simultanously works as an analyst for a publishing company.
Twig Farm has a herd of 25 milking does, most of which are Alpine, though there is one Nubian and a few Saanens.
Washed Wheel is made with raw goat's milk from Twig Farm, and sometimes a little raw Jersey cow's milk from Joe Severy's organic dairy in Cornwall, Vermont. It is aged about 80 days. As the cheeses mature, the rinds are washed with a whey brine.
Soft Wheel is a washed rind cheese without the associated strong aromas. Cheeses have a slightly floral note, while flavors are pleasantly grassy and full, with a balanced tanginess and a slightly meaty, texture.