Favorite locally owned/supplied shopping (Specifically looking for new cheese options) - Triangle area
I am growing more and more disgusted with Unholey Foods (Whole Foods, AKA the WalMart for hippies) and am disheartened that finding a good locally owned source for cheese has been so difficult. I know the farmers markets usually have Celebrity and/or one of the other local dairies available. My issue is when the weather gets cold, what do I do? I have no issue with Earth Fare (based in Asheville), but it doesn't always have the best looking cheese.
Is Weaver Street a good source?
12235 N Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC
Southern Season is the obvious choice. Weaver Street usually has a few local options. The cheese mongers are distributed oddly across farmers markets so getting variety usually means multiple markets:
Celebrity Dairy and Chapel Hill Creamery are at Carrboro & Durham
Hillsborough Cheese Co is at South Estes, Saxapahaw, and Eno River (Hillsborough)
I feel like I'm missing a vender but I'm drawing a blank
I think my preference is for the Celebrity cheese, but I got a very nice one from the Hillsborough Cheese Co. at the South Estes farmers market on Saturday - a goat with sun-dried toms.
I do think that, aside from farmers markets, Southern Season is going to be your best bet.
It's not local cheese, but it's a locally-owned shop that sells real Italian cheeses. Good variety and great prices - sold to you by the grandmother/mother of the company.
Capri Flavors in Morrisville http://www.capriflavors.com/
It's an Italian food distribution company and they have a retail shop. They also have Italian cooking classes. (And the grandmother does have her own label of sauces, if I'm not mistaken.)
Southern Season definitely has the best overall cheese selection. Other than that, your best option is to tour the local farmer's markets (Carrboro, South Estes, Southern Village and Durham) and buy straight from the source. Inefficient, but it is tough to find one shop that carries a wide variety of all the local cheeses.
re: Victus Populi
I checked at Weaver St this afternoon, they have a small refrigerator case devoted to local cheeses: I saw Hillsborough, Elodie, Creamery, Celebrity, Anna's (for fresh Queso) locally made salami & they told me that there is local hoop cheese & pepper jack available. (I have no idea what that is.)
Wine Authorities in Durham carries Hillsborough Cheese company and some Oregon and Wisconson options. Not a huge selection but then you can also pick up a family owned estate wine to match.
2501 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707