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Colorado: Red Cloud from Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy in Longmont
In 1988, the Schott family bought five goats and six acres at the foot of Haystack Mountain and began making cheese. Today, the creamery has expanded to Longmont and makes a variety of award-winning cheeses. Underneath Red Cloud’s sticky and slightly gritty red rind is a firm yet creamy cheese laced with grassy and nutty flavors.
Connecticut: Arethusa Blue from Arethusa Dairy in Litchfield
Thorpe tells us that Arethusa Farms was started by two former Manolo Blahnik executives who decided to shift gears from heels to hunks of cheese. Although their blue cheese is relatively new, it’s a standout. “It’s not so salty or crumbly like most blues,” says Thorpe. Instead it’s toasty, sweet, and firm yet creamy.
Delaware: Whole-Milk Ricotta from M. Fierro & Sons in Wilmington
Michael Fierro Sr. emigrated from Naples and started selling his handmade ricotta in 1936 from a cellar located in the heart of Wilmington's Little Italy. Since then, the family-run business has expanded and merged with another Delaware dairy family, Hy-Point Dairy Farm, and although the scale has changed, the process has not. Their cheese is still made by hand, resulting in a soft and creamy fresh ricotta that rivals some of Italy's finest.
Florida: Bleu Sunshine from Winter Park Artisan Dairy in Winter Park
Cheesemakers David Lee Green and his wife Dawn Taylor created the first raw-milk creamery in the Sunshine State on 200 acres of former orange groves that’d been lost to crop freezes in the 1980s. Their signature Bleu Sunshine cheese is creamy, mild and nutty, with the blue veins perfectly complementing the aged, raw milk flavor.
Georgia: Rivertown from Many Fold Farm in Chattahoochee Hills
“People are surprised to find there’s cheese in Georgia,” says Thorpe. Yet just 30 miles south of Atlanta is this seasonal and sustainable grass-fed sheep’s milk dairy (one of less than 50 producers in the country, says Thorpe.) Rivertown is a smooth Camembert-style cheese with a nutty, melted butter flavor.Back to top