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Great Milk/Cheese in Telford!

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semmen May 11, 2007 10:54 AM

I can't believe I can't find a post on this place....Hendrick's Farm and Dairy in Telford (Montgomery County right next to the Bucks border).

I've been a customer for about 6 months. They have raw milk, goat milk, loads of grassfed meat (beef, lamb,pork, chicken) and best of all, fantastic cheeses all made from the raw milk on premise. I could go on for hours but here's a link:

http://www.hendricksfarmsanddairy.com/

Supposedly their average customer drives 45 miles one way to visit, and I feel lucky being only 10 minutes away. I highly recommend all the cheese (I have sampled most of them) and milk. The meats are definitely pricier than the Giant would be but the quality is incredible. Check it out!

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    nns RE: semmen May 11, 2007 12:25 PM

    I've been there too, and it is fabulous. A hidden local gem.

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      Buckethead RE: semmen May 11, 2007 12:34 PM

      You can get their stuff in Philadelphia through Farm to City as well farmer's markets, and I think CSAs too.

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        wandasue RE: semmen May 11, 2007 01:21 PM

        Try the "Dirty Laundry' and "Bavarian Swiss" cheeses. The bacon is also amazing. This place is a gem!

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          semmen RE: wandasue May 18, 2007 05:42 AM

          I totally agree on the bacon.

          They have goat cheese ready now, and I can't wait to try the veal. I think I'm heading there tomorrow.

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            wandasue RE: semmen May 18, 2007 02:00 PM

            I'm nibbling on the Goadacious as I type. It is Wonderful!!

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            Meann RE: wandasue May 30, 2007 12:20 PM

            I like the Dirty Laundry, too, and the raw milk was like going home to my (long ago) youth. I was disappointed with the butter, though ... it seemed to have a lot of whey left in it, and an off, "cheesy" flavor. Anyone else try it?

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              nns RE: Meann May 30, 2007 01:20 PM

              Mmm .... I really loved the butter's flavor -- the "cheesiness" you describe reminded me of the flavor of Vermont Butter & Cheese's cultured butter. Tastes differ, I guess.

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                Meann RE: nns Jun 7, 2007 03:47 PM

                Interesting. So you think that's deliberate? I wouldn't use it in, oh, pastry, for example, or anything I wanted sweet or just quietly unctous. I don't want my butter flavorless, but I do want it supportive. Except on toast, of course, where the whole light sweet dairy grass thing is the point.

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                  alonna Smith RE: Meann Jun 9, 2007 04:54 AM

                  I live in Philadelphia but grew up and still have family in the Harleysville area so popped into Hendricks this spring. I love the raw milk and I picked up some turkey sausage with was Italian style with fennel seeds. Very good. Regarding the butter, it has a funky barnyardness to it which if off putting depending on your use. Barnyard first thing in the morning on toast? Hmmmh. It even smells funky. I don't think it was spoiled, just the way it comes out there for some reason. I also got the yogurt which was nice but was disapointed that it wasn't thicker. I've become a Fage convert and love the thick unctiousness of it. Can't wait to go back and try more things.

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                    Mawrter RE: alonna Smith Jun 10, 2007 03:23 PM

                    Raw barnyardy butter is better with savory things, not sweet.

          3. Mawrter RE: semmen May 18, 2007 09:44 PM

            Yeah, I went there and did the kid tour, fed the cows, petted the horses, sampled the cheese in their aging room... excellent, excellent cheese. I especially liked the Telford Reserve (aged hard cheese), the cow pie (a full fat camenbert) and the Dirty Laundry, which (quoting from their web site) is "...creamy, crumbly texture with a mild acidic bite, Gorgonzola like blue flavor, caramelized onion, and permeating butteriness".

            Next time, I'll have to get some goat cheese, too. They sell cheese from Hendricks at Cheese in Phoenixville.

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              semmen RE: Mawrter May 21, 2007 08:36 AM

              I tried some of the freshly made veal sausage (they have delicious turkey sausage too). I see that they also have ice cream now too.

              The robotic milking machine is awesome!

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              missfunkysoul RE: semmen May 30, 2007 10:43 AM

              thanks for posting this - will check it out soon! i'm very excited!

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                pfarrell RE: semmen Jun 10, 2007 04:06 PM

                Their bacon is about the best I think I ever had. (Ate some for breakfast this morning.)

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                  semmen RE: pfarrell Jun 11, 2007 03:07 PM

                  Oh no kidding! I just wish I didn't have a 22-year old living at home who can cook and eat an entire pound on his own. It's well worth $7/lb but not if I don't get to eat any of it. ;)

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                    watercress RE: semmen Jun 15, 2007 04:33 AM

                    I made it there yesterday, thanks to you people. I'm only twenty minutes away and didn't know about it. It's such a great place! The quality is so high, and the setting so tranquil and genuine-- no snobbery, just great stuff. I look forward to trying more of it. Oh, and I tasted their milk (they give samples), and it's the best milk I've ever had in my (49 yrs) life.

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                      semmen RE: watercress Jun 22, 2007 03:50 PM

                      Glad you liked it watercress:)

                      This week's newsletter says they are going to start carrying coffee from onevillagecoffee.com; it is locally roasted very close to the farm. I also saw some new flavored yogurt drinks when I went in yesterday.

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                  missfunkysoul RE: semmen Jul 10, 2007 12:05 PM

                  finally went this past weekend and am so glad i did. the cheese is awesome and the bacon is just beyond. if i lived closer, it would be very ugly for the waistline...

                  THANK YOU semmen for recommending the place!

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                    semmen RE: missfunkysoul Jul 13, 2007 07:11 AM

                    Starting this week, they have AWESOME sausages too!

                    I was in yesterday and they are now selling vacuum-packed turkey and pork sausages (both breakfast-type small links plus the normal size Italian style, in multiple flavors). I was told there would also be chicken varieties in the next few days.

                    The family and I tried the Italian w/peppers and onions for dinner and LOVED it.

                    They're also making a fabulous drinkable yogurt . So far they have vanilla only, but more flavors to come.

                  2. Carole RE: semmen Jul 11, 2007 09:03 AM

                    I just wanted to add a comment about the butter. The salted version is more sour and funky. The unsalted version is much sweeter – this is what I always buy. Also, the butter freezes wonderfully. I buy two pounds, cut each of them into fourths, wrap each piece separately, and freeze all but one. Each section is then equal to a stick of butter and when taken out of the freezer will quickly thaw. That way I can use them at my own speed.

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                      dejablues RE: semmen Jul 13, 2007 08:00 AM

                      I live in Hatfield and have never been! Will check it out soon.
                      Suelke's roadstand in Sellersville is great for fresh produce btw.

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