What do you get when you cross a buffalo with a sheep? Answer: not a Shuffalo, but Finchthaler, Ottawa’s newest cheese scene addition by Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy. My cheese pick this week is a welcome treat, named for the style of cheese (after famous Emmentaler, or popular North American “Swiss”) and its native home of village Finch, Ontario.
Finchthaler is a unique, raw, mixed sheep and buffalo milk cheese. A rich terracotta rind covers a deep yellow open paste completely covered in small eyes (pinholes). Enjoy sweet and fruity aromas with rich, tangy, nutty and buttery flavors that linger unexpectedly on your palate (a characteristic of raw milk cheeses). Beautifully golden and crusty when broiled, make it your next “au gratin” topping or melt it on BBQ burgers!
Producer: Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy
Where To Buy: Ottawa Farmer’s Market (Lansdowne Park, Sundays), Main Street Farmers Market (Saint Paul University, Saturdays), Kanata Farmers’ Market (Kanata, Saturdays)
Interesting Fact:The holes or (eyes) in the cheese are created by carbon dioxide gas bubbles released during the ripening process.
Enjoy! – Vanessa
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