We’re in the middle of American Cheese Month, which comes at an especially important time as domestic makers struggle to stay afloat during this crisis. If you’re looking to do your part to help, check out our roundup of cheese shops and makers providing COVID-friendly purchasing options. Then browse our new accompaniment roundup that lists cheese-adjacent producers offering nationwide shipping. Make your own American cheese board at home and help support folks in need…it’s helpful and tasty!
In other cheese news:
- If you haven’t read them already, our latest pieces on the global pandemic touch on how mongers have been altering their roles to work remotely, and how Lively Run Dairy has been selflessly working to help feed families in need.
- Memorial Day doesn’t have to be boring this year—Point Reyes Cheese created a unique way to celebrate from home: their Big Cheesy Summer Kickoff collection (filled with lots of their yummy cheeses)! The collection includes a free cooking class on Memorial Day to try your hand at seasonal dishes and cocktails from home.
- A major French organization is asking its citizens to eat more cheese for the sake of the industry, as many cheese makers are seeing a drop in sales of traditional French fromage. The organization, Terre de Lait, is encouraging folks to “work together so that France remains that of 1,000 cheeses.”
- Meanwhile in Tennessee: police are looking for a thief who stole $1,000 worth of cheese in the middle of the night. (Seriously, read the room.) Anyone who provides helpful information could earn some serious cheddar for their tip.
- In other good news, Pineland Farms Dairy has pledged to donate 25,000 pounds of cheese to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Maine, using milk donated by Dairy Farmers of America. “It’s a win win for our company, for Good Shepherd, and it puts the surplus milk to use,” says Mark Whitney, President and COO of Pineland Farms Dairy Company.
- Tröegs Independent Brewing is supporting struggling Pennsylvania dairy farmers by collaborating with Caputo Brothers Creamery to create Perpetual Beer Cheese, using milk from local farms and Perpetual IPA as a brine. It supports local dairies and brewers for a delicious combo.