Posts Tagged ‘The Curd on the Street’

Fabulous Farm Fresh Feta Most Versatile of Cheeses

Posted by Vanessa

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

My longing for spring to hurry up and arrive inspires this week’s cheese pick.  I dream of radiant sunshine, colorful tulips & daffodils, picnics, fresh local produce, farmers’ markets, and FETA.  One of the most versatile of cheeses, it gives an added zing to spring & summer dishes; think salads, pizzas, burgers, wraps.

Sticking to tried and true traditional cheesemaking, Jeff & Jenna Fenwick, the new owners of Back Forty Artisan Cheese are carrying on the spirit of old world methods using 100% raw ewe’s milk in the production of their hand-lovingly crafted, small batch artisan cheeses.

Flower Station, one of the little known Back Forty Artisan Cheeses is a fresh, un-ripened, semi-firm, Mediterranean-style raw sheep’s milk feta.  Stored in it’s own whey, you’ll find slightly crumbly texture with mild citrus flavor combined with a good balance of salt and fresh milk flavors from these little ivory wedges.

Spring is in the air & as the weather warms up you’ll see them soon at the Carp Farmer’s Market. Find their other popular cheeses Madawaska, Highland Blue & Bonnechere on the board at local restaurants, Foodsmith’s in Perth, The Piggy Market and Serious Cheese, while available.


Cheese:  Flower Station
Producer: Back Forty Artisan Cheese, Lanark County, Ontario
Interesting Fact: Feta falls into the fresh, un-ripened cheese category, which are cheeses that receive minimal or no aging.  It has a longer shelf life when persevered in it’s own brine.




PHOTO CREDIT: Flower Station by Vanessa Simmons


Maple Cheddar

Posted by Vanessa

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Oh Canada, you produce such delicious cheese and Black River Cheese epitomizes this as one of our oldest farmer-owned dairy co-operatives with over 100 years of cheesemaking experience. 

My cheese pick this week is Black River’s Maple Cheddar.  The idea for Maple Cheddar was born in 2003 to coincide with the Prince Edward County festival “Maple in the County”.  The Cheddar is aged 5-8 months, shredded, mixed with local Fosterholm Farms pure amber Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar, pressed into cheese hoops, cut into blocks and packaged. 

It’s still an example of what good medium cheddar should be, yet has a surprise flavour twist.  It has a nice, dense, smooth paste (not too dry, soft and still crumbly), milky aromas, clean slightly fruity taste, and is accented with true Canadian maple flavor without being overly sweet.

I’m always happy to celebrate my Canadian heritage with Maple Cheddar from Black River Cheese. To make it a truly Canadian culinary experience, pair with a local microbrew or cider.

Cheese: Maple Cheddar
Black River Cheese Company
Where To Buy:
  Il Negozio Nicastro’s (Bank St. between Third & Fourth Ave), The Piggy Market (Westboro), Thyme & Again Creative Catering, Herb & Spice Shop &  Farm Boy
Interesting Fact:
Black River Cheese have been producing cheese in The County since 1901, despite a fire that destroyed their facility in 2001.

Enjoy! – Vanessa


Finding Figaro at Glengarry Fine Cheese

Posted by Vanessa

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I say that there is good karma in artisan cheese.  Made not only with top-notch ingredients and creative recipes, but also with the positive energy of the skilled cheese makers.   Glengarry Fine Cheese produces  Figaro.  This is my “little black dress” on my cheese board. Perfect for any occasion, always in style, versatile and ready to shine at a moment’s notice.

Glengarry is an artisan cheese making company North of the 401 near Cornwall, Ontario.  Margaret Morris and her hardworking team makes delicious cheeses from the fresh milk of their Holsteins cows raised on the family farm across the street.  Figaro is their elegant, velvety, soft cow’s milk cheese, handled with much TLC.  It’s the palest of cream colours, and comes packaged individually in small squares.  Light, milky and sour cream aromas give way to a lip-smacking, delicate, and fresh yeasty taste.  Enjoy tossed in your favourite pasta with smoked salmon or grilled vegetables.  Pair with a lightly oaked Chardonnay such as Savvy Selections featured wine – Huff Estates South Bay Chardonnay.

Cheese: Figaro
Producer: Glengarry Fine Cheese, Lancaster, ON
Where to buy in Ottawa: Thyme & Again Creative Catering, The Piggy Market – both of these shops are on Wellington St. in Westboro
Interesting Fact: Glengarry cheeses are 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix finalists


Enjoy! – Vanessa