Summer is here and we are eager to visit some of the outdoor Farmers’ Markets in the area and see what tasty creations local artisan cheesemakers have to offer. Anyone who thinks unique and interesting cheese is only created overseas has obviously never had a chance to explore & sample the delicious artisan cheese being made right here in Canada. And not just cheese made from cow’s milk – Canadian cheesemakers are making some award-winning cheese from goat & sheep milk as well.
Mariposa Dairy, located in Lindsay, Ontario (just northwest of Peterborough) is consistently winning medals at cheese competitions worldwide for its various types of goat & sheep cheese. Mariposa’s soft goat cheeses are now sold throughout Canada – and even the U.S. – with the volume of goat milk used now sitting at 18 MILLION litres a year!
But there’s also some incredible artisan small-batch cheddar cheese being created at Mariposa. Pieter van Oudenaren is the artisan cheesemaker that oversees those creations…like the award-winning Lenberg Farms Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar with its crunchy crystals and dense, creamy centre. “One of the favourite parts of my job is working the Farmers’ Markets and seeing people’s eyes light up when they taste this cheddar!” says Pieter.
This is a cheese that’s hand crafted in small batches using a traditional method that sees the cheese wheel wrapped with cheesecloth, which helps to age and preserve the flavour. Each wheel is placed on a pine board in a humidity controlled room and turned every week to assure aging happens evenly.
Pieter says a similar process is used to make Tania Toscana, an aged sheep milk cheese which develops a mild, sweet & nutty flavour.
Mariposa’s goat & sheep cheeses are being featured this summer in our Savvy Cool Curds cheese of the month club. If you’re a cheese lover or have one in your life, this is the best possible gift you can get! All the details at www.SavvyCoolCurds.ca
Cool Curds Calendar
MAY – Mariposa Cheese – Lindsay, Ontario
JUNE – Fromagerie les Folies Bergères – Saint-Sixte, Quebec
JULY – Special assortment of cheeses from small cheesemakers in Ontario & Quebec
AUG – Quality Cheese – Woodbridge. A Savvy tradition! Every summer we send subscribers fresh mozzarella, Burrata cheese, the best feta ever & fresh ricotta to enjoy al fresco!
Did You Know!
- Goat milk is similar in nutritional composition to cow milk but is a better source of protein, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
- Goat milk is lower in lactose (milk sugars) and the smaller fat globule size in the milk makes it more easily digested.
- Many individuals who experience lactose intolerance are able to enjoy goat milk and other goat dairy products.
Savvy Cool Curds customer quote
“Let me just take this opportunity to let you know how much I love receiving my boxes. It always creates great excitement in our household. Thank you SO much for the joy you bring us.” – Barbara in Mississauga
Mariposa’s Baked Mediterranean Goat Cheese Dip
perfect for Summer snacking on the backyard deck
4 ounces Mariposa Celebrity Mediterranean Goat Cheese
¾ cup pitted olives
¼ cup cherry tomatoes
3 sprigs thyme
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
Place goat cheese in a small oven-proof serving dish. Sprinkle olives, tomatoes, thyme, and garlic around the cheese. If olives are large, slice in half or quarters. Drizzle the olive oil on top and around all of the goat cheese.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is soft. Serve with fresh bread and crackers.