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Original Feta

Posted by Vanessa

Friday, March 25th, 2011
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As we let go of cold and snow, and days are noticeably longer, I feel a mounting sense of spring in the air, bursting with possibilities and renewal of life.  When I think spring, I think all things fresh and new – bringing to mind lambing season and farmstead cheeses.  This, in turn, makes me think of Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy, a family operated dairy sheep farm in Finch, Ontario (South of Highway 43).

This week, I’m thrilled to share my “kick off spring” cheese pick – Canreg’s Original Feta cheese – made from the high quality sheep’s milk produced by the over 380 ewes that call Canreg home.  Over 20 types of cheese are hand crafted by Josef Regli and family, produced “out of pasture” using milk processing methods in small batches similar to a European method of cheesemaking.  Rich, dense, moist and crumbly, but not overly salty, this fresh, unripened traditional Greek style feta is, in a nutshell, stunning.  Try with your favourite mix of olives, spiced nuts, or as the perfect finish to your favourite salad.

Original Greek Feta - Canreg Station & Pasture Dairy


FACTBOX:

Cheese:
Original Feta
Producer:
Canreg Station Farm & Pasture Dairy, Finch, ON
Where To Buy:
  Byward Market (winter season), Ottawa Farmer’s Market (summer season)
Interesting Fact:
 Feta is a protected designation of origin product in Greece.  The name comes from the Italian word fetta, meaning “slice”


Enjoy!Vanessa

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Lacey Grey

Posted by Vanessa

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
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Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. located in Prince Edward County, is a top producer of award winning cheeses. Offering over 15 delicious varieties, they’re unbelievably passionate about producing the highest quality cheeses from locally supplied whole milk, and re-igniting ‘The County’s reputation as a cheese-making region (which once had over 26 cheese-making facilities).  Well worth a visit on your next road trip!

My pick this week is Lacey Grey, a soft-ripened goat’s milk cheese, hand rolled with care in grapevine ash, often mistaken for a blue cheese. Under the wrinkly, grey-and-white bloomy surface you’ll find a two-fold surprise: the dense, snowy white, firm centre turns creamy, softer, and pale ivory just under the rind.  Enjoy mild, tangy, piquant flavours with slight “dry mouth feel” minerality, an expression of County “terroir”.

Lacey Grey cheese Fifth Town Cheese


FACTBOX:

Cheese:
Lacey Grey
Producer:
Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co., Prince Edward County, ON
Where To Buy:
  Serious Cheese (Bank Street South), Jacobson’s Gourmet (Beechwood), The Piggy Market (Westboro)
Interesting Fact:
  Fifth Town is the only local producer of artisan cheese made from each of 3 types of milk (cow, sheep & goat).

 

Enjoy!Vanessa

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