Founded in 2012 and located in Northport, Michigan, a small village bordering Lake Michigan, Idyll Farms is 200 acres of rolling hills that’s both a goat farm and creamery producing award-winning farmstead cheeses. A farmstead cheese by definition is a cheese that’s made on the same farm where the animals that produce the milk to make it are located. Translation? Super fresh goat's milk contributing to Idyllweiss’ very clean flavor. Sometimes goat's milk cheeses can taste a bit too 'farmy' or 'goaty'. They shouldn't taste like that. Lower quality milks are at the heart of those off flavors. In short, the fresher and cleaner the goat's milk, the fresher and cleaner the flavor of the cheese.
You can't make great cheese from bad milk. Great milk makes great cheese and Idyll Farms is doing everything right. They take really good care of their flock, practicing rotational grazing and their alpine goats are 100% pasture-fed.
The soft goat cheese you are about to try this month won first in its class at the American Cheese Society Awards in both 2015 and 2017. We felt that Idyllweiss would be a nice compliment to the other two cheeses in this month's selection. While the other two are extra-aged, big flavor, alpine cheeses, Idyllweiss is small, soft and delicate.
It’s a bloomy rind cheese with a wrinkly rind and white paste. The cream line, just under the rind, will age from the outside in and become creamier and creamier as it ages. The paste is soft and melts on your tongue. It's buttery in flavor and as clean as goat cheese come.
Enjoy with this cheese with bolder wines and beers, like a barley wine ale. If you're choosing a condiment, look for savory or sweet. This cheese can be paired with prosciutto, honey or dried fruit. It’s also delicious with a good pepper jam or tart marmalade.
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