The last decade has seen a boom in the locavore movement: the thought is the fewer miles food must travel, the better it is. Often, this theory is coupled with good farming practices, like organic, environmentally sound techniques. It’s good for the animals, good for the farmers, and good for you. Farmers markets abound with local fruits, veggies, eggs, and honey, but often cheese is missed, for several reasons. One big one? Produce farmers need only pick what they grow, but there are a lot of extra steps and knowledge between the cow and the cheese.
Grey Barn is expanding into new territory, adding two cheeses to its list of products. Their Prufrock cheese takes its name from the T.S. Eliot poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. The newest edition, Eidolon, is the title of a Walt Whitman poem. Both cheeses, but Prufrock especially, are exceptionally difficult to manufacture and require diligent care and attention.
Mild changes in the herd’s diet or even the weather can affect their raw milk, which must be accounted for as the cheeses are carefully washed and aged for 6 weeks. Thankfully, because the farm starts with such high-quality milk, they are ensured a high-quality cheese at the end of the process.
Photo by Alison L. Mead