Spring is for Chèvre
Fresh cheese for a fresh addition to your Spring Meal!
From mid-March through October, fresh chèvre (pronounced: SHEV-ruh) a French term for goat cheese, can easily be found in markets through-out the state of Vermont. This is in large part due to the efforts of Vermont Creamery co-founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper. These two farmers began as a small farmstead of 80 goats in Brookfield, Vermont to becoming the leaders in sustainable goat dairy operation. Today, cheese and wine enthusiasts can enjoy their carefully crafted cheese and butter products across the nation.
Vermont Creamery co-founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper Photo / Vermont Creamery
With the temperatures warming and the earth re-awakening after a long cold winter, the mind and body begins to crave fresh meals, light wines, and dining outside under the late-day sun. These longer days are counting us down to the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, which inspires fresh salads and grilled everything! For the cheese lovers, it’s the season for chèvre or other “fresh” cheeses which bring moisture, coolness, and clean crisp flavors to the palette.
Photo / Vermont Creamery
Chèvre, Fresh Mozzarella, and Burrata are all “fresh” cheeses which taste best when produced with fresh goat’s or cow’s milk and minimally prepared. These cheeses will have no rind, are light, clean and bright white in color (unless smoked or prepared with additional compliments such as herbs.) They will pair beautifully with baby greens just clipped from the green house, fresh basil, or simply sliced and drizzled with olive oil. It’s so easy that you’ll want to have it every night!
Crumbled Goat Cheese Classic Chèvre © Béatrice Peltre
Beautiful fresh cheese is best accompanied by an equally lovely bottle of wine. It’s a tradition that cheeses of a certain geographical region pair well with the wines produced in the same respective region. Vermont proudly produces both award winning cheeses and wines, making the task of pairing a delicious fresh cheese with an enjoyable glass of wine quite easy!
A few author favorites for the Spring season include:
Sage Farm Goat – Smoked chèvre (Consider topping your next burger with this fresh option!)
Blue Ledge Farm Goat Cheese – Fresh Chèvre (Herb-crusted is excellent on a basic salad of greens.)
Vermont Creamery – Fresh chèvre (Surprisingly delicious on a flatbread pizza! Video Recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqIk-TfJfLE)
Vermont Wines to Pair with Fresh Chèvre:
Lincoln Peak Vineyard’s Black Sparrow
Fresh Tracks Farm’s American White
Shelburne Farm’s Lousie Swenson
Additional Information on the Making of Goat Cheese in Vermont:
The Rowland Agricultural Center at Hildene Farm – Video on Making Cheese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME9gmZOJUT0
The Vermont Cheese Council: http://www.vtcheese.com/index.htm