Each month, your Neighboring Food Co-ops feature our region’s artisan cheesemakers by offering a specially selected cheese at great price. Look for the “Cave to Co-op” sign in the cheese section at your local food co-op. To find one near you, visit www.nfca.coop/members.
This month’s special cheese: Très Bonne from Boston Post Dairy, Enosburg Falls, VT
Boston Post Dairy is located on the Gervais Family Farm, a family run farm in northern Vermont owned and operated by Robert and Gisele Gervaise and 12 of their 15 children. The Gervaise family has been farming the property since 1962 when they began with 35 Jersey cows and 220 acres of land. Today they milk over 1,800 cows and grow 3,100 acres of corn and hay.
In 2013 their farm was given the prestigious Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year award which yearly honors an outstanding, efficiently managed dairy enterprise that sets a strong example for other farmers to follow. Farms are evaluated on a number of criteria including production records; herd, pasture, and crop management; environmental practices; contributions to agriculture and the local community and overall excellence in dairying. Boston Post Dairy is operated by their 4 daughters and named after the old road that runs through the property. The Dairy is home to 70 dairy goats and 80 dairy cows. They make cheeses from goat milk, cow milk, and a blend of goat and cow milk.
Très Bonne is French for ‘very good’ and it is. An ACS award winning cheese, Très Bonne is aged 2 to 5 months and has a fresh, mild, nutty flavor. A favorite with the entire family.
Spanish Tomato Bread with pasteurized Très Bonne
Makes 8 slices
- 8 slices of ciabatta
- extra-virgin olive oil for brushing and drizzling
- 2 halved garlic cloves
- 4 garden fresh ripe tomatoes, halved cross-wise
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- shaved Très Bonne for topping
Pre-heat oven to 375 ° F
Brush one side of each bread slice with oil and arrange oiled side up on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden. Rub the toasts with the garlic cloves, then rub with the tomato halves until all of the flesh is gone; discard the tomato skins. Season the toasts with salt and pepper. Top with cheese, drizzle with olive oil and serve.
Eggplant, pesto and Très Bonne pizza
Makes one 14-inch pizza
- 1 homemade or store purchased pizza crust
- 5 T olive oil
- a 1 ½ to 2 pound eggplant cut into ¼ inch slices
- ¾ inch salt
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- freshly ground pepper
- 6 ounces thinly sliced Très Bonne
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup pesto
Pre-heat oven to 450 ° F
In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 2 ½ tablespoons of the oil over moderately high heat. Season the eggplant with the salt. Fry one-third of the eggplant, turning, until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove. Repeat in two more batches with the remaining oil, using more if needed, and the eggplant. Meanwhile, oil a 14-inch pizza pan or large baking sheet. Press the pizza dough onto the pan in an approximately 14-inch round or 9-by-13-inch rectangle. Arrange the eggplant slices on the pizza crust. Sprinkle the garlic and pepper over the top. Bake for 12 minutes. Put the slices of cheese on the pizza, sprinkle with the Parmesan, and then dot with the pesto. Bake until the cheese begins to turn golden, about 15 minutes. Serve in wedges.
Dessert Cheese Plate
- 4 ounces thinly sliced Très Bonne
- 4 ounce wedge local blue cheese
- 4 chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano
- an assortment of accompaniments; honey, fresh figs, toasted nuts, preserves
Arrange cheese and nuts on a small platter. Drizzle the Parmigiano Reggiano with honey, slice the fruit, place the preserves in a small bowl and serve with crackers or baguette. Perfect!