HONEY BROOK - “I’m picking out earthy notes,” said Sue Miller, co-host of the Chester County Cheese Artisans’ tasting event at Wyebrook Farm on Nov. 17, as she tasted Yellow Springs Farm’s Fieldstone cheese – a pasteurized cheese made from the milk of their Nubian goats located in Chester Springs. Miller and Yellow Springs Farm’s Al Renzi were joined by five other cheese artisans sharing their creamy delights with fifty cheese-loving participants at the event, an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Southeast PA Ag Partnership Board. Miller and Renzi served as co-chairs of the evening’s tasting event featuring cheese made of cow, goat and sheep milk – all within Chester County.
Seth Kalkstein of Downtown Cheese in Reading Terminal Market moderated the event, introducing each cheese artisan who shared the story of their farm and their cheese. All seven cheese artisans manage both the animals and their cheese making, a notable feat as many cheese artisans purchase milk instead of raising their own.
As an added bonus, Bill Covaleski, owner of Victory Brewing Company, donated three different brews, each of which was paired with the seven cheeses offered. “Most cheese is meant to pair with beer,” Kalkstein shared. “Beer close to room temperature is ideal. Drinking cold beer masks the flavor, which is good only if you’re drinking bad beer,” he joked. Covaleski added to the experience, sharing how each beer is crafted and the flavor notes of the beer which enhanced the cheese tasting experience.
Participating Chester County Cheese Artisans included: Amazing Acres Farm, Birchrun Hills Farm, Conebella Farm, Doe Run Dairy, Highland Farm, Shellbark Hollow Farm, and Yellow Springs Farm.
Wyebrook Farm near Honey Brook, owned and operated by Dean Carlson, was the perfect location for the event which was held in the market, the top floor of the 18th century stone barn, which has been remodeled to serve as the farm’s butcher shop, café, and market. His farm to table philosophy is shared by each of the artisans who typically sell their cheeses through local farm markets throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Agriculture Partnership, a program of the Chester County Economic Development Council and the Chester County Workforce Investment Board, with the assistance of the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The mission of the Southeastern PA Agriculture Partnership is to build the capacity of farmers and their supply-chain partners to meet the growing demand for local, fresh foods in the region through investment in business training and workforce development.
The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is a private, non-profit economic development organization promoting smart growth in Chester County and the surrounding region for over 50 years. The CCEDC provides proven financing solutions, cultivates workforce talent, leverages business partnerships, and fosters entrepreneurial collaboration. Together, with the support of the private and public sectors, CCEDC initiates, implements and innovates programs that improve the business community and enhance the quality of life in Chester County. For more information, visit www.cceconomicdevelopment.com