Posts Tagged ‘Ontario cheese’

Here’s the ‘Curd on the Street’ on Goat & Sheep Cheese

Posted by Alexandra Kay

Monday, June 7th, 2021

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

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.


St Albert cheese back in biz

Posted by Amanda

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

What a warm welcome I received last week at the new St­‐Albert Cheese Co-­operative – home of natural Canadian cheddar that has been produced on this very spot for 120 years.  Amazingly this location has risen from its ashes LogoStAlberttwo years to the day after the terrible fire that wiped it out on February 3rd  2013.

Are you a cheese fan? If so, stay tuned as we will be featuring them at select Savvy Events.

Bigger – and better – than before!

At the official opening on February 3rd this year – exactly 2 years to the day – The Co-­op’s President, Ginette Quesnel, claimed that they are bigger, stronger and more determined than ever to continue the tradition of our ancestors by making the best cheese in the country.” It’s both bigger AND better than before with a new building of 75,000 square feet – its now 30% larger –  a restaurant, a cheese store, a special spot for visitors to watch cheese production in action and coming soon  a museum!  I got the tour (and the curds!), so believe me there is so much more to see and do than before! Check out the new facility on their Facebook page or take a drive to the country and drop by in person.

It’s all about the community

St. Albert  Cheese Co-­operative is still owned by some thirty Eastern Ontario dairy producer families and as a local business they are so proud of all the support they have receive from the community and all their customers, especially over the last two years. People still flock from miles around to ensure they get their own personal supply of St. Albert cheddar. Interestingly, the locals prefer their cheddar not refrigerated. When I asked my tour guide what would happen to all that cheese on the table at the end of the day, he laughed and said it would all be gone by lunchtime!

Recent awards 

According to their press release, St Albert has continued to win awards while rebuilding:

Grand Champion Cheddar 2014 at the British Empire Cheese Show

First prize for its extra mature cheddar.

Pop in for a visit!

Open to visitors seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays to Wednesdays, and from  9 a.m. to  8p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

For more information, go to

St Albert at our Savvy Events

If you recently attended Savvy Company’s first Valentine’s event at the Diefenbunker Cold War Museum, you would have sampled some fine cheeses from Ontario & Quebec, including St. Albert Extra Old Cheddar, their signature curds & Montebello Blue Rebellion 1837 from Fromagerie Montebello.  Stay tuned for more chances to try artisan cheese at our Savvy Events!

St Albert making Curd

St Albert cheese on the shelf





We have lots of Savvy Gift Ideas!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Are you making a list?…and checking it twice? No need to battle the crowded malls as you & Santa can turn to Savvy Company for lots of great gifts that will WOW everyone on your shopping list. Our Savvy Sommeliers have created one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone who loves wine, artisan cheese & craft beer.

Call on the Savvy Gift Hotline (anytime)  at  613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926) or

AND . . . don’t forget a gift for yourself – Santa has noticed that you too have been VERY good this year!

For the WINE Lover on your list…

Gift Idea #1 – Subscription to SAVVY SELECTIONS wine of the month club

Did you know that our Savvy Selections wine of the month club is the largest wine of the month club featuring Ontario wines not available at the LCBO.  And Savvy Selections was recently featured on CBC Radio’s “Fresh Air”  as one of the top gifts for those hard to buy  people!

With a subscription to Savvy Selections, each month, 3 different bottles of wine from a different Ontario winery are delivered to your home or office.  The wines range from $15 to $35 per bottle and are selected by our Savvy Sommeliers ensuring that you will receive the best combination of red wines, white wines, sparkling wines and occasionally we would offer an option of dessert wine.  AND you’ll get to know the winemakers and the stories behind the wines in our monthly Savvy eZine along with recipes our Sommeliers have chosen specifically to match each wine.

‘A subscription to Savvy Selections is like Christmas for adults!’ – Colleen

OUR HOLIDAY SPECIAL: subscribe for 3 months!



Gift Idea #2 – WINE APPRECIATION ‘CLASS’ – a day with a Sommelier

Offered only once a year! On Saturday January 26, Savvy Sommelier Debbie will host this day long ‘class’ for you to learn the FUNdamentals of wine by sipping and sampling wines from around the world. In this jam packed day you will learn wine lingo, tips and tricks on choosing wine from a restaurant wine list, pairing food with wines, the importance of glassware and decanters . . . and you will even learn how to sabre a bottle of bubbly!

$135 per person
ather a group of 4 people  and pay only $500 

Register for this fun wine ‘class’ > >


For the CHEESE Lover on your list . . .

The Great Canadian Cheese Discovery!

Back by popular demand! Join Savvy Cheese Sommelier Vanessa for a fun – not to mention delicious – evening tasting and learning about Canadian artisan cheeses. Vanessa will share with you stories about the people who make the cheeses, cheese tasting techniques and other insider tips!

Join us for one – or all three cheese tastings!

Tickets $55 per event or $150 for all three

Wrap up tickets  as a gift! > > 


For the CRAFT BEER Lover on your list . . .

BEER 101 ‘CLASS’ – featuring local and imported craft brews

Always a sell out! Join us for these two fun ‘classes’ at Ottawa’s Kichesippi Beer Company. Your ‘teacher’ is Kichesippi’s owner and Savvy friend Paul Meek.  The ‘class’ will take place amongst the kettles and bags of hops in the brewery as you sample a variety of different styles and learn the artistry of craft beers. These are fun night outs for anyone who enjoys a cold one!  Hint: If you are thinking ahead, tickets to this event are also a great Valentine’s gift for that special someone in your life!

Tickets $55 per event or $110 for both ‘classes’

Put tickets to these events under the tree > >

Wines for holiday entertaining – Stock up and SAVE

ANNOUNCING Savvy Bin Ends – a new way to buy great Ontario wines at great prices. Every two weeks, we feature an Ontario wine that is available only through Savvy Company at a discounted price.  Here are our top wine picks to stock up on for holiday entertaining or to give to your special friends.

Sparkling wine – $7 off!

Our current Savvy Bin Ends offer features a duo of Ontario sparkling wines made using the same winemaking techniques as French Champagne.  Serve when guests arrive for dinner or have in the fridge ready for New Years Eve or to give to friends and colleagues.  Everyone enjoys a bottle of bubbly!  Stock up on bottles of bubbly at this great price!>> 

Love port?  You’ll love this one – only $13.95!

Our most popular Savvy Bin Ends yet! We’re holding over this offer so you can stock up on this delicious aged port to enjoy on wintery evenings by the fireplace, serve after dinner parties or give as a one-of-a-kind gift.  ‘This port ROCKS!. I’ll be ordering another case.’ stated Greg – a new Savvy Bin Ends customer Greg. Buy before its all gone!


Want to have your own wine, cheese or craft beer tasting?

The Savvy Team will create special events featuring wine, artisan cheese or craft beer as client appreciation events, teambuilding activities for your employees or unique get togethers for friends and family in your own home. Leave it to our team of 14 accredited Sommeliers to organize all of the details to make a fun and memorable event. Or, we can personally select and source premium wines, artisan cheeses and craft beers for you to make your next event extra special.

You invite the guests, our Savvy Sommeliers will take care of the rest!


And we have MANY more Savvy gift ideas!

Call the Savvy Team ANYTIME on 613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926) or email us on cheers@savvycompany.cato help you make your holidays merry and bright with great gifts of wines, artisan cheese and craft beers.


Happy Holidays from all of us at Savvy Company and here’s to a fantastic new year!

-Debbie & the Savvy Team