Amazing cheese in St. Paul
- Josh Resnik
I wanted to pass along another great food find from last weekend. I bought the Trade Lake Cedar sheep's milk cheese from Love Tree Farmstead at the St. Paul Farmer's Market last weekend. WOW!! This was great cheese. They sell about 7-10 different kinds of cheese at the market, and all were very good. They were generous about giving samples at the market. The cheese is expensive, but definitely worth it. Pair some of this cheese with a nice French bread and you have a great dinner.
Nelson cheese on Como just east of snelling has a good selection of cheese with great coustomer service. They also serve deli fair and ice cream.
Is Trade Lake Cedar the people that sell fish bait because their cheese is not aged enough to sell for human consumption?
It's so great to see local producers of great cheese. Shepherd's Way down in Northfield is also kicking out some great product.
All of the Lovetree Farms cheeses are great. If you ever get a chance, try her "Big Holmes." It's almost like butter.
I know this was for St Paul cheese, but for the few that may not know - a really good place to get cheese is the mecca Kowalski's in Woodbury. I do like getting cheese at the Farmer's Market, and when I went to Haskell's cheese/wine store in Highland Park, I thought there would be a lot more selections than there was. I need to get back over to Surdyks- but Im telling you, it's nice to walk into that enormous Kowalski's and have a cheese card on every region, type - so people get an idea. FYI - I've noticed something over the last few months that I've gone to Byerlys- a small basket in the section next to their sandwiches and goat cheeses, their "end" units of cheese - for typically under $4.00 - it's enough to have a few crackers with and decide if you like it. Most times you can sample a new cheese, but if you just want to pick one up without spending $16.99 a pound (like on my favorites-goudas), check that area out over there.
Also, next time you pick up a good stilton or gorg or blue, put a few very thin slices of granny smith apple on a petite toast, spread some stilton on there and top with a caramelized walnut. It is such a good combination of textures and flavors!