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Best Cheese & Yogurt from Local Farmers?

nbermas Sep 10, 2007 08:31 AM

Where and what kind?

  1. sixelagogo Sep 10, 2007 03:25 PM

    My favorite is Valley Shepard out in Long Valley, NJ (about 40 miles west of the city on 80)...the cheeseman does goat, cow, and goat/cow mix and is heads to tails above all other cheesemakers I've tasted in New Jersey.....This guy's got it down...also has Yewgurt....it's worth a trip out to the farm, though he sells at a couple of farm markets -union square, morristown, etc.

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    1. re: sixelagogo
      bropaul Sep 10, 2007 03:59 PM

      I second Valley Shepherd. Excellent artisanal cheese.

      1. re: sixelagogo
        ambrose Sep 10, 2007 04:31 PM

        You will also find his cheeses at numerous upscale restaurants in central Jersey.

        Most of the cheeses are based on sheep milk though there are a few that also contain some cow milk. I don't recall any goat cheeses. And it's Ewe-gurt, not yewgurt.

        1. re: ambrose
          sixelagogo Sep 11, 2007 03:26 AM

          I stand corrected...sheep, no goal and EWEGURT

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        spa Sep 10, 2007 08:45 AM

        Bobolink Dairy for cheese. They show up at several local farmers markets.

        You can also go visit them in Vernon NJ.

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        1. re: spa
          Marge Sep 10, 2007 09:34 AM

          Also Sprout Creek Farm from Poughkeepsie for cheese. They are at the Ossining farmers market two weeks on, two weeks off.

          1. re: spa
            sixelagogo Sep 11, 2007 03:28 AM

            I think Bobolink's quality fluctuates so much that methinks he needs to stick to a formula that works...After 5 years of dutifully trudging out to get his cheese, I've given up on the man.

            1. re: sixelagogo
              DrSkimeister Sep 11, 2007 03:47 AM

              The variation in Bobolink cheese is due to the variation of the pasture the cows have been on. Different pastures have different types of grasses and herbs growing on them. The flavor of the cheese is influenced by what the cows' intake was prior to milking.

              1. re: DrSkimeister
                sixelagogo Sep 11, 2007 01:05 PM

                Yeah, I get that,the fat is up/down protien up/down depending on teh season, but bobolink cheese is downright FUNKY -not good funky either, but bad bacteria funky..I loves me some stinky cheese, but not foul

                1. re: DrSkimeister
                  inovercy Sep 15, 2007 10:48 AM

                  Though I was not the original poster, I have to agree with him. My every interaction with Bobolink has been marked by wild inconsistency. I'm a cheesemonger for a living (been so for about 2 years now) and his cheese goes miles past the seasonal and pastural varations that do occur. They all seem to have a haphazard quality to them. You don't see their cheeses at many shops and, while trying to get them into my shop, I discovered why: you basically pay a (moderately high) wholesale price and he randomly sends you stuff. You get to pick what you are supposed to get, but if it's out or they just want to send something different, they can. That's when I gave up on Bobolink. Plus, though I support his attempt to bring income to the people of Tibet with their yak cheese...even that's pretty awful stuff.

                  1. re: inovercy
                    nbermas Sep 15, 2007 12:35 PM

                    I love truffle cheeses but don't find many varieties around , do you have any suggestions and what kind have you had in your shop? What type of shop is it and where?

                    1. re: nbermas
                      sixelagogo Sep 16, 2007 03:31 AM

                      Valley Shepard also has a truffle cheese if that's yer fancy

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