La Fermiere yogurt: The next luxury grocery item that will bankrupt me
- pane Jul 12, 2011 08:45 AM
Golden Foods, the Church and Market dry-goods emporium owned by the same family as Golden Produce, started carrying La Fermiere yogurt this past week. A "staff favorite!" handwritten sign appeared inside the refrigerated case in front of the robin's egg blue crocks, and one of the owners told my friend that they'd immediately run out of the hazelnut flavor. Surprising considering a two-pack runs for $7.99 (without a crock deposit, unlike locally produced St Benoit). They were indeed out of hazelnut but still had honey, lemon, strawberry and a blue/blackberry blend.
I picked up a two-pack of honey, surprising to me because I usually hate syrupy, oversweetened honey yogurts I've tried here, but I'd liked a couple versions in France (which should have Home of Great Yogurt (TM) as its national tagline).
Both the taste and texture are luxurious--creamy, light, tangy but not sour. To set a marker, I like the flavor of St Benoit well enough but think the texture is too loose; for fairly common store varieties I usually pick up Straus or Voskos (only plain, the flavored versions have a weird texture).
Here's an earlier thread from rworange describing La Fermiere found at Cheeseboard a few years ago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/456953
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