A journey started a year ago. A few bumps in the road.. to put it lightly. But thanks to the support of many of our friends, family, customers, and folks we didn't even know we are now making cheese. It is hard to believe that we are finally here! There were so many days when I thought we would never get here. This time last year, I spent entire days watching the driveway for the construction material delivery truck that I was told would come but never did. A sick feeling in the pit of my stomach knowing that something was wrong but then feeling horrible for not having enough faith. No one could be so cruel... it all HAD to be a misunderstanding.. and somehow my fault I was sure. But in January I had to face the truth... it was time to call the authorities. What now? Where were we to go? What were we to do? I felt so lost and hopeless. Insert one amazing woman who determined that it would not end this way. She took our situation and saw an opportunity to get others involved.. and well you all know the rest... but I am still amazed that we are here. I am humbled when I think of all of the people who have taken our little farm to heart and donated their time, money, and skills to help us. People who helped for a day, those who came for entire weekends - camping here, becoming like family and blessing us in so many ways and to whom we can never say thank-you enough. We are so grateful for everything that so many have done to help us realize our dream.
Earlier this month our dream came to fruition! Orchard Hill Creamery became an official cheese plant licensed by the state of Nebraska! I immediately got busy! I have made cheese almost everyday since. Feta, cheese curds, Mamasita, Hot Mama! all back in stock. I cannot begin to explain how wonderful it is to make cheese right here on the farm. To be closer to my family.. here and available for all boo-boos, joys, and aggravations.
Happy Mama am I!
As you can see I have been having way too much fun! There are some surprises to come soon but for now, I am overjoyed to unveil our newest cheese this week! . Couer de Bray.
While not the most famous of the Normandy cheeses, Neufchâtel is certainly the oldest dating back to the middle ages. This cheese bears the name of a large market town of the "Pays de Bray" in upper Normandy. It comes in many shapes and sizes depending on the mold. The Heart shaped is called Coeur de Bray (heart of Bray) : the legend goes that farm girls created it to show their love.
Covered with a white bloomy rind, the paste has a grainy texture with an aroma of mushrooms. The flavor is dominated by a distinct salty taste that is an integral part of its character. Neufchâtel is enjoyable at many stages of maturation as its flavor evolves from delicate and herbal to strong and fruity. French Neufchâtel is not to be confused with American Neufchatel which is basically a low fat version of commercial cream cheese with a few other questionable ingredients.
This lovely little heart shaped cheese seemed like the perfect cheese for me to make! This farm girl is making it to show her love. I hope you enjoy it as much I have loved making it, tending it, and sharing it with you.
Artisan Cheesemaker. Lover of all foods dairy..