Part of getting older is a decreasing frequency of new experiences. Thinking about food specifically, when I was 25, I was tasting new things regularly, perhaps once per week or more. But now months or even years can go by without me trying something I’ve never had before. And when I do, the newness is in degree of flavor and experience rather than in it being wholly new.
So it was with great pleasure that I tried Firely Farms’ “Black and Blue” goat blue cheese. It is creamier and far less astringent than any other blue I’ve had, in a category by itself. I have not tried other blue cheeses mad of goat milk, so I can’t say how this compares.
Firely is located in the interestingly-named town of Accident, MD, in the western part of the state.
Firefly Farms Black and Blue page
When I was a kid, blue cheese was always spelled ‘bleu cheese’ in the pseudo-French fashion, because the French were seen as superior to the U.S. regaring cheese. The fact that ‘blue’ is now the standard spelling is evidence that we no longer need to let others take all the praise.
“Encompassing 200 acres in Dutchess County, NY, Sprout Creek Farm is really three different entities, distinct yet dynamically entertwined. It is a working farm, raising free-ranging cows, sheep, goats, wild turkeys, guinea fowl, chickens, and pigs.
It is a market, selling our internationally award-winning cheeses and farm-produced meats, as well as local Hudson Valley milk, eggs, vegetables, crafts, and gifts. And it is an educational center, offering day, weekend, and summer programs that help connect young people to the land, the seasons, and the plants and animals that co-exist here in harmonious rhythm.”
“Pampered Cow was born to help market, promote, and distribute New York State’s artisinal farmstead cheeses. Pampered Cow views the Hudson Valley Region of New York as one of the most significant and beautiful gastronomic destinations in the world. We are dedicated to promoting the region’s rich agricultural history, working farms and value added farmstead producers.
We represent some of the finest cheesemakers in the region including Hawthorne Valley Farm, Old Chatham Sheephearding, Nettle Meadow, Brovetto Dairy and Cheese Farm, Berkshire Blue, Four Brothers Goat Dairy, R & G CheeseMakers and our own licensed creamery at Twin Maple Farm.”
“We are a one-of-a-kind creamery, allowing the visitor a unique view of sheep dairy farming as practiced in Europe for the last 4,000 years. We have combined years of cheesemaking expertise and modern equipment from all over the world to build a facility allowing full public access to all farm activities. We educate and involve the visitor in daily life on a real working sheep dairy.”
“Westchester Dairy & Distributors, LLC., has been serving quality milk and dairy products to Westchester consumers for over 30 years!
In addition to Bronxville, the Pelhams, New Rochelle, Eastchester, Scarsdale and Fleetwood, we now serve more areas of Westchester and recently expanded to southern Fairfield county in Connecticut with fresh dairy products delivered right to your door! We also serve schools, day care facilities and local business districts in our area.
We have been in pursuit of the most natural, environmentally friendly sources of product as well as packaging from the very beginning. Our glass bottles are reused over and over again, eliminating the step of recycling. That alone saves precious resources. We are committed to finding and using more local resources as you will see when we introduce them on our website.
Farm Fresh and Free of rBST Hormones
We strive to deliver the finest dairy products in our region. Our milk comes solely from local New York suppliers, shipped fresh to us three times each week from farms that do not use any growth hormones. This ensures that our milk reaches you within days from when the cows were milked.
Keep visiting our website, we are in the process of making it state-of-the-art. You can now order and pay securely online! We thank all of our loyal customers for their patronage over the years. It is our pleasure to serve you only the highest quality products at affordable prices.”
42 Meadow Burn Road
Vernon, NJ 07462
Selling at Union Square Greenmarket on Fridays
and at Tucker Square (66th St. and Broadway) on Saturdays.
grass-fed cheeses & wood-fired breads
Public Tastings at the farm,
Wed-Friday 12-6, Saturday & Sunday 9-5
Tibetan Yak-Cheese Project
Freedom Hill Farm
Rick and Julie Vreeland
115 Grange Road,
Otisville, NY 10963
Stop in and visit any day at milking time between 3:30 & 5:30