Thursday, June 12, 2014

Nancy's Hudson Valley Camembert

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you all are having a wonderful week. Today I wanted to talk about one of the cheeses we have on promotion this month at the Northern California/Reno Whole Foods locations that is incredible but sometimes gets overlooked - the Nancy's Hudson Valley Camembert.

Cheese: Nancy's Hudson Valley Camembert
Producer: Old Chatham Sheepherding Co
Location: Old Chatham, New York
Milk: Pasteurized sheep and cow's milk
Rennet: Vegetarian

The cheese is named after the Nancy Clark, one of the owners of Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. The farm is the largest sheep dairy in the United States with over 1200 East Friesian sheep. They take great care of their sheep and as a result they produce fantastic milk which makes phenomenal cheese. They get the cow's RBGH free milk from a neighboring farm.

When you unwrap your piece of Nancy's Camembert, you know straightaway that this cheese is going to be gooey deliciousness. Even while still cold from refrigeration, the cheese is soft and spreadable. The consistency reminds me of a triple crème cheese like the Brillat Savarin. It is buttery, rich and smooth with a little touch of umami from the rind. I spread it on one of the Simple & Crisp Pear slices... just a simple dried piece of pear to be used as a cracker substitute. It was incredible. I then drizzled some local honey on top of my next piece and enjoyed a crisp glass of Deccolio Prosecco. It was divine.

Other cheeses featured: L'Alveare (top left) and Moses Sleeper (top right).

This cheese is currently on sale for the month of June, so be sure to swing by your local WFM cheese counter and try a taste. If you're curious about the Simple & Crisp fruit slices (they come in pear, apple and orange varieties), I took a picture of the packaging below:

I should mention that these products are new to our region and as a way to create some excitement, we have them at a special low price! Pick up a package today, they're incredible!

Well, that's all I have for today. I hope you all have a great rest of your week. Until next time, eat, drink and be happy!!