Each month, your Neighboring Food Co-ops feature our region’s artisan cheesemakers by offering a specially selected cheese at a 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 Selection:
BEATRIX BRIE BUTTONS, BLYTHEDALE FARM, CORINTH, VT
Blythedale’s Brie Button is a diminutive 2-ounce creamy mouthful of cheese, made with the milk of Bythedale’s happy cows. It is the perfect size for one serving, a few bites perhaps at most! Delicious on its own as part of a cheese plate or perfect on a salad or paired with ripe fruit or some seasonal chutney.
For over 100 years, the
old barn at Blythedale Farm has been a focal point of the village of Cookeville, Vermont. The farm protects a viable piece of Vermont’s rural character and agricultural industry by sitting at the heart of Cookeville village amidst historic buildings including the Town Offices and Acade
my Building. In 2004 Becky and Tom Loftus purchased the property after seeing an ad which read ‘Milk a few cows and make money making cheese. Corinth, Vermont”. Today the 750 acre farm and much newer barn houses the 60 or so Jersey cattle in their herd. These cows supply all of the milk for Blythedale Farm’s Cheeses: Vermont Brie, Camembert Vermont, Green Mountain Gruyere, Cookeville Grana, Jersey Blue and their newest, a Brie Button with the drawing of beautiful Beatrix on the label.All the cows who live at Blythedale Farm have a good home. They are cared for with love and respect and live in a clean, comfortable stable, with year round outdoor access. Their stress-free lives create a milk with delicious flavor.
All of Blythedale Farm’s Cheeses are free from added animal
enzymes and are made with a microbial rennet. Beatrix Brie Buttons are made with slow pasteurized, Jersey cow milk aged two weeks and have a delicious, edible, bloomy rind.
Blythedale Farm suggests the following for serving:
Enjoy Vermont Brie™ with many types of fruits, especially apples & pears, grapes & berries, even citrus, which provides a memorable contrast to the smooth buttery flavor of the brie. Serve on a fine cracker that doesn’t overwhelm the delicate taste of the brie. Offer with any fine white wine; chardonnay is a good choice. Also apple or pear juice or fruit spritzer.
When serving brie, allow it to warm to room temp and cut the wheel in wedges. Never remove the rind as that’s the best part! When cutting, the brie may spill over the edge … this is normal. Enjoy!
Serve baked with a sweet or nuts:
Unwrap the full brie round and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Drizzle honey or spoon jam/marmalade over the top. Add a few pecan slices or other nut if desired. Bake in 350° oven for 6-8 minutes or until the cheese begins to ooze but not melt.
CAVE TO CO-OP IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PROVISIONS INTERNATIONAL AND THE NEIGHBORING FOOD CO-OP ASSOCIATION (NFCA) TO SUPPORT LOCAL, ARTISANAL CHEESE PRODUCERS IN OUR REGION AND MAKE THEIR PRODUCTS MORE EASILY AVAILABLE TO CO-OP SHOPPERS. THE NFCA IS A NETWORK OF MORE THAN 30 FOOD CO-OPS IN NEW ENGLAND, LOCALLY OWNED BY MORE THAN 130,000 PEOPLE LIKE YOU. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.NFCA.COOP.