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No Rush Creek Reserve for 2014 due to FDA “cheesemaker beware” threat

Rush Creek Reserve and Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Uplands Cheese

Rush Creek Reserve and Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Uplands Cheese

The rumors are true. Start looking for alternatives for the holiday cheeseboard this year since Uplands Cheese will no longer be producing wheels of fromage favorite, Rush Creek Reserve. Cheesemaker Andy Hatch confirmed today that, due to the FDA’s recent regulations regarding wood-board storage and threat of unknown future interference with raw-milk cheese production, it was too high a risk to produce the wonderful wheels only to chance them being pulled from the market. Hatch, as most in the cheese world knows, is a perfectionist at his craft, and to dedicate so much care, attention, and love to a product only to have it go to waste was not an option, so the decision was made to not even begin the process. Uplands Cheese will still have Pleasant Ridge Reserve available for us turophiles to enjoy and Hatch is working on a new cheese, yet it is still in the creative stages. Let’s all hope, pray, keep our fingers crossed, maybe even make a wish to the cheese gods/goddesses that this FDA crisis will pass and we will all be able to enjoy the beefy, buttery, heaven of Rush Creek Reserve for the 2015 season. Until then, let’s support Uplands Cheese and have a wedge of Pleasant Ridge on our boards this holiday. I know I will.

Stay cheesy everyone.

Andy Hatch with Pleasant Ridge Reserve

Andy Hatch with Pleasant Ridge Reserve

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Review: Beekman 1802 Blaak

Last night was the season finale of The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green. For those who have not discovered this wonderful gem, the show follows a dapper NYC couple, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, as they make a “Year of Sacrifice” to transform their dairy farm into a viable business.While sensitive, easy going Josh splits his time between his marketing job in the city and weekend chores at The Beekman, Brent focuses on growing the business and rattling Farmer John’s patience with his A-type personality.

Located in Sharon Springs, NY, The Beekman Farm is home to a herd of goats (Nubian, Alpine, and Saanan), cats, and a diva llama named Polka Spot. Originally purchased as a weekend getaway, Beekman Farm is now a thriving business, producing organic soaps. textiles, and Beekman 1802 Blaak cheese. Continue reading

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Followup: Stinking Bishop elusive no more

For over two years, I have been on the hunt for my favorite cheese, Stinking Bishop. I badgered my cheesemongers, scoured the Internet and made several futile attempts to contact Neal’s Yard, all to no avail. Then I met Samantha, the cheese and charcuterie buyer for Cheese Plus in San Francisco, California. Well, actually I spoke with her on the phone, as I live across the country in the Midwest.

Cheese Plus is owned by Ray Bair, former director of cheese, wine, and specialty foods for Whole Foods Market.  Ray opened his shop about five years ago, and it is touted as San Francisco’s premier cheese and specialty food source – no mean feat. Although they don’t have an official online storefront, anyone can call and request items shipped. Continue reading

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