Located in Hoosick, New York, close to the Massachusetts and Vermont borders, Berle Farm is a certified organic farm, owned and operated by Beatrice Berle. The 600-acre farmstead dates back to the 1840s. Beatrice comes from a long line of farmers and is dedicated to continuing sustainable farming practices, which include using solar power to run the farm. Berle Farm produces a variety of dairy products including artisanal cheese and yogurt, in addition to raising organic beef cattle. Currently, the farm milks 8 cows to produce its three different cheeses. Crowdie is a fresh farmer’s cheese made from cow’s milk. Traditionally made in Scotland, it is similar to cream cheese. Berle Farms’ version has a light buttery flavor with a slightly crumbly but still spreadable texture. This cheese can be easily incorporated into several recipes to add richness. A Berle Farm favorite is to make Crowdie and homemade sauerkraut wraps. However, it can be turned into a sauce for pasta with sautéed garlic, or placed atop steamed greens.
A Berle Farm favorite is to make Crowdie and homemade sauerkraut wraps. However, it can be turned into a sauce for pasta with sautéed garlic, or placed atop steamed greens.
Crowdie is best paired with a dry white wine such as a French Sauvignon Blanc or a dry New York State Riesling.