In the second year of the North Carolina State Fair’s Cheese Competition, we entered five cheeses with high hopes. After waiting with bated breath for a over a week since the fair began (we couldn’t make it to the fair to check ourselves!), we finally found out that two of our cheeses won medals! We won a silver medal for our fresh Mozzarella and we won another silver medal for our Spicy Pimento Goat Cheese. We couldn’t be happier (OK, well, gold would have been nice, but there’s always next year)! There were a total of 95 cheeses from 23 cheese makers from NC, Texas, Maine, Tennessee and even Australia, so competition was pretty stiff. The panel of five judges was exceptionally tough on all the entries, awarding only three gold medals among all the cheeses entered (two for hard cheeses and one for unflavored chevre). We are extremely lucky to be able to do something we love, and getting a little pat on the back feels so good! But, we never could do it without all of our awesome customers and fans! Thanks to all of you for all of your tasting, comments and support; you helped make it happen! Next year, we’re going for the gold!
Our cheese kitchen lineup is changing along with the seasons! At the end of the month we will say goodbye to Matt Lardie, who has been with us since 2010. Matt will be working for Chef Amy Tornquist in Durham as a pastry assistant for her three wonderful businesses. Brady (whom many of you have probably already met at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market) will be filling Matt’s role, and we are excited to announce that we’ve hired a new full-time cheese apprentice to help him out – Austin! Austin comes to us from his family farm, Two Bridges Farm, and has been a regular vendor at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market. We’re happy to have Austin on board as we continue to expand and improve the business.
Every Saturday you can find us at one of our farmers’ markets offering up free samples. Our sample board is like a Who’s Who of HCC cheeses. We try to offer a variety of cheeses for our customers to try; from soft chevres to harder aged raw-milk cheeses like our Eno Mountain Sharp. Any way you cut it, our cheese board should be a stop on your weekly trip to the farmers’ market!
We’re excited to announce that we have partnered with Glasshalfull in Carrboro to supply them with all their chevre needs! Featuring contemporary American cooking and a superb wine list, Glasshalfull is one of our favorite Carrboro restaurants and we are so happy to be working with them. Whether you want a full meal or just a quick snack and a glass of wine, you won’t regret visiting Glasshalfull. Be sure to look for our chevre!
106 S. Greensboro Street
We are so happy to announce that our cheese is now on the menu at Elements, a great new restaurant in Chapel Hill. Chef Michael Chuong and the Elements team have been using our Farmer’s Cheese in their Caprese Salads, and it has become one of the most popular dishes in the restaurant! We love that Chef Chuong and his team are committed to showcasing great local North Carolina produce and products, and we are thankful that they have chosen to serve our cheese.
Elements is located at 2110 Environ Way in Chapel Hill. Visit their website or call 919-537-8780 for reservations.
In an effort to make it easier for our customers to find out about our wholesale program, we’ve created a new wholesale inquiry sheet. It only takes a moment to fill out, and we will get back to you ASAP with cheese availability and pricing. We’ve even been known to work with our customers to make a custom cheese to fit their needs!